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About the National Diet Library Digital Collections

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  1. What is the NDL Digital Collections?
  2. Matters to be considered
  3. Recommendations for optimal performance
  4. Overview of the materials provided via this system
  5. Other digital contents
  6. About Metadata providing service
  7. Frequently asked questions

1. What is the NDL Digital Collections?

The NDL Digital Collections enables a user to search and view a variety of resources, collected and stored by the National Diet Library of Japan.
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2. Matters to be considered

  • This database includes items which contain politically incorrect words and phrases by the standards of today's readers. However, the National Diet Library (NDL) provides these items unedited, as they are historical records of the time they were created. The NDL would appreciate your understanding and responsible use of the items.
  • Copyrights and neighboring rights of the items contained in this database belong to the holders of these rights, and not the NDL. Those items, whose right of public transmission has been cleared, are also accessible via the Internet. Concerning the reproduction of the contents, please refer to "Utilizing the Contents of the Website of the National Diet Library".
    Due to technical constraints, the NDL does not provide reproductions of the Historical Recordings Collection.
  • About Access Restrictions
    • Available Online: online available
    • Available only at the NDL and partner libraries: available only within the facilities of the NDL and on the site of the partner libraries in Japan.
    • Available only at the NDL: available only within the facilities of the NDL
    • *Metadata (Bibliographic information, table of contents, etc.) of all materials, including limited-access items, are searchable via the Internet.
    • *About Historical Recordings, you can listen to all recordings (including NDL only tag recordings) in the participating libraries.
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3. Recommendations for optimal performance

For optimal performance the NDL recommends the following:

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4. Overview of the materials provided via this system

The materials that are currently provided via the NDL Digital Collections are as follows:

(1)Digitized materials

Digitized versions of analog materials (paper materials, analog records, etc.) held by the NDL or its partner institutions are available.
Information on the NDL's Digitization project is provided in the following page.


List of collections including digitized materials
Collection Number of items *1 List of titles Contents
Books 970,000 items
(350,000 items)
Free Data Service: Bibliographic Data of the National Diet Library Digital Collections This collection contains mainly following materials
  • Materials acquired by the NDL prior to 1969, including books, parliamentary and statutory documents, and children's books
  • A part of materials about disaster held by the NDL (including the materials which were published after 1969)
Periodicals 1,280,000 items
(10,000 items)
Free Data Service: Bibliographic Data of the National Diet Library Digital Collections This collection includes digitized periodicals and those for children held by the NDL.
Rare Books and Old Materials 100,000 items
(80,000 items)
Free Data Service: Bibliographic Data of the National Diet Library Digital Collections This collection includes Japanese materials created before the end of the Edo period (1868) and Chinese materials created before the end of the Qing dynasty, including materials designated as rare books and semi-rare books. There are some materials and images with commentaries or transcriptions.
Doctoral Dissertations (1) 140,000 items
(15,000 items)
(2) 20,000 items
(1) Doctoral dissertations received by the NDL between FY1991 and FY2000
Free Data Service: Bibliographic Data of the National Diet Library Digital Collections
(1)Doctoral dissertations, received by the NDL between FY1991 and FY2000
This collection includes doctoral dissertations digitized by the NDL. The main articles (excluding "sub articles" and "reference articles") are available online for dissertations granted permission by the author.
(2)Doctoral dissertations in digital format for which degrees were conferred in or after April 2013
This collection includes Japanese doctoral dissertations sent from universities to the NDL in digital format. Doctoral dissertations which have the permission of the author are available online.
*Some doctoral dissertations are not available either online or at the NDL due to the request by the university which conferred the degree. For information on the access points, please refer to Access Restrictions under the material's Metadata.
**If you want to know more about the doctoral dissertation collection of the NDL, please refer to: 博士論文 (in Japanese)
Official Gazettes 20,000 items
(20,000 items)
- Japanese official gazettes are included in this collection from the first issue published on July 2, 1883 to the issue of April 30, 1952.
*Gazettes published in later years are available from the インターネット版「官報」 (in Japanese) provided by the National Printing Bureau.
*OFFICIAL GAZETTE; ENGLISH EDITION, which was published only during the occupation period by the GHQ (1946-1952) is also available online, but under the category of "Periodicals".
Modern Japanese political history materials 1000 items
(1000 items)
- This collection includes materials of the Modern Japanese Political History Materials Room, which originally belonged to political leaders, senior civil servants and military officers, etc. Some of these materials have been used in the NDL's digital exhibitions. Each collection bears its former owner's name.
Materials on the Allied Occupation of Japan 70,000 items
(50,000 items)
- This collection provides materials related to the Allied Occupation of Japan. please refer to 国立国会図書館デジタルコレクションで利用できる資料群(in Japanese).
Gordon W. Prange Collection 40,000 items - During the occupation period after World War II, Japanese publications were censored by the Allied Forces. The Gordon W. Prange Collection consists of newspapers, magazines and books submitted to the Allied Powers, and the originals are now preserved in the University of Maryland, U.S. Digitized books and magazines are provided from this collection. please refer to プランゲ文庫(in Japanese).
Audio-Visual Materials - - This collection includes Materials from Historical Recordings Collection, Science Film, Scripts, and Music manuscripts.
Historical Recordings Collection 50,000 items
(2,000 items)
About the Historical Recordings Collection: Number of recordings / Lists The Historical Recordings Collection consists of digitized sound recordings of music, speeches, etc. on 78rpm records and metal discs produced in Japan from around 1900 to 1950. The Historical Records Archive Promotion Conference (HiRAC) conducted the digitization.
The NDL provides all of the sound recordings within the facilities of the NDL and the participating libraries, and a part of the collection with expired copyright on the Internet.
Scripts 3000 items
(7 items)
- This collection includes TV and radio scripts written before 1980 which were donated to the NDL by the consortium for the promotion of broadcast script archives in Japan. Part of the collection was digitized and made available on the Internet or within the facilities of the NDL.
Music manuscripts 21 items - This collection has been partly digitized from music manuscripts and documents collected by NDL.
Collections from Other Institutions - - This collection includes Materials from Science Film, Digitized materials of the University of Tokyo Library System, EXPO Aichi, Naimusho Keihokyoku Censorship Collection, Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun.
Science Film 300 items - This collection includes science films provided by the Society for the Support of the Science Film Museum (Incorporated NPO), which collected and digitized the films. These films were mainly produced from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Digitized materials of the University of Tokyo Library System 11 items - This collection contains digitized materials from the university of Tokyo library system.
EXPO Aichi 300 items - This collection comprises materials related to the EXPO 2005 AICHI JAPAN and were digitized by Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute. Most of these materials are videos, although there are some written records.
Naimusho Keihokyoku Censorship Collection 1000 items
(179 items)
- The former Home Ministry was responsible for censorship in accordance with the provisions of the former Press Law, which was passed into law in 1893 (Meiji 26). Materials that were considered "disruptive of peace and order (禁安, kin’an)" or "corruptive of public morals (禁風, kinpu)" were banned from publication. A repository of banned publications managed by the Home Ministry was taken over by the US Armed Forces after World War II. Some of these materials were returned to Japan and added to the NDL’s collections, many remain in the Library of Congress (LC).Digitized LC holdings are also included in the NDL Digital Collections.
Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun 6 items
(6 items)
- This collection includes Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun, which are copies of a handwritten newspaper published from March 12 to 17, 2011 in the disaster-affected area following the Great East Japan Earthquake with the cooperation of the Ishinomaki Hibi Shinbun Newspaper Co..
This handwritten newspaper is also included the National Diet Library Great East Japan Earthquake Archive (Nickname: Hinagiku).
  • *1 Figure above 100 is the round number. The figure in ( ) is the number of items which are available online.

(2)Online publications

Online publications (annual report, year book, directory, public relations magazine, bulletin, article in a journal, etc.) collected by the NDL are available.

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5. Other digital contents

Archived websites can be searched and viewed at the Web Archiving Project (WARP).

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6. About Metadata providing service

The bibliographic data and content information of the digitized materials of the NDL Digital Collections are available from the pages below.

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7. Frequently asked questions regarding the use of the National Diet Library Digital Collections

Please refer to “Frequently asked questions regarding the use of the National Diet Library Digital Collections"

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