books, journals, newspapers, electronic archives, manuscripts, official publications, doctoral dissertations, maps, sheet music
34.7 million items
Criteria for collection
Publications 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
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 for the purpose of assisting members of the National Diet of Japan (国会,Kokkai?) in researching matters of public policy. The library is similar in purpose and scope to the U.S. Library of Congress.
The National Diet Library (NDL) consists of two main facilities in Tokyo and Kyoto, and several other branch libraries throughout Japan.