National Diet Library

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National Diet Library (NDL)
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Tokyo Main Library of the National Diet Library
CountryJapan
TypeNational Library, Parliamentary Library
Established1948 (71 years ago) (1948)
Reference to legal mandateNational Diet Library Law
LocationTokyo, Kyoto
Coordinates35°40′42″N 139°44′39″E / 35.67833°N 139.74417°E / 35.67833; 139.74417Coordinates: 35°40′42″N 139°44′39″E / 35.67833°N 139.74417°E / 35.67833; 139.74417
Branches27
Collection
Items collectedbooks, journals, newspapers, electronic archives, manuscripts, official publications, doctoral dissertations, maps, sheet music
Size41,881,649 items (March 2016)[1]
Criteria for collectionPublications issued in Japan, statutes and parliamentary documents, publications on Japan, reference material, material on science and technology, publications of international organizations and foreign governments, children's literature and related material, Asian works
Legal depositlegal deposit
Access and use
Access requirementseighteen years of age or older for the Tokyo Main Library and the Kansai-kan
Population servedmembers of the Diet (722: fixed number as of Feb. 2009) and the general public
Other information
BudgetJP¥20,163M (FY2008) (US$221M)
DirectorSawako Hanyu (2016)[2]
Staff908
Websitendl.go.jp

The National Diet Library (国立国会図書館, Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan) is the only national library in Japan. It was established in 1948.[3]

The purpose of the library is to assist members of the Diet of Japan (国会, Kokkai). The library is similar in purpose and scope to the U.S. Library of Congress.

Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library

The National Diet Library has two main facilities. One is in Tokyo and the other is in Kyoto. There are also several branch libraries in Japan.

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  1. "National Diet Library Statistics". 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  2. "Sawako Hanyu appointed new Librarian of the National Diet Library". National Diet Library. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  3. Pincus, Leslie. (2006). "Revolution in the Archives of Memory: The Founding of the National Diet Library in Occupied Japan" in Francis X. Blouin and William G. Rosenberg, eds. Archives, Documentation, and Institutions of Social Memory: Essays from the Sawyer Seminar, p. 382.

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