For optimal performance the NDL recommends the following:
The materials that are currently provided via the NDL Digital Collections are as follows:
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.
|Collection||Number of items *1||List of titles||Contents|
|Free Data Service: Bibliographic Data of the National Diet Library Digital Collections||This collection contains mainly following materials
|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
|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
(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
|Official Gazettes||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
|-||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
|-||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
|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.
|-||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
|-||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
|-||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).
Online publications (annual report, year book, directory, public relations magazine, bulletin, article in a journal, etc.) collected by the NDL are available.
Archived websites can be searched and viewed at the Web Archiving Project (WARP).
The bibliographic data and content information of the digitized materials of the NDL Digital Collections are available from the pages below.