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Guides to locating and requesting Japanese books and articles held elsewhere, including libraries in Japan.
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What we do?

Academic libraries cooperate with one another to provide research materials for their patrons, which is called Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and/or Document Delivery (DD) service.

We help the helpers with Japanese-language ILL/DD items getting from Japan.

(A researcher MUST contact his/her library for ILL/DD services)


    Our activities

    We help ILL specialists to locate/borrow Japanese materials from Japan.

    Helpline for ILL specialists:


    ILL/DD with Japan - GIF (pronounced "jif") Project

    (A researcher MUST contact his/her library for ILL/DD services)

    GIF GIF Global ILL Framework (GIF) is an International ILL program established between OCLC ILL libraries (North American, Australian, and New Zealand academic libraries) and Japanese academic libraries. OCLC ILL libraries in North America, Australia, and New Zealand must join the OCLC GIF-J (ISO) Group to participate in the program. Registration is free. GIF uses OCLC IFM. Use CiNii (pronounced "sigh-knee"), a Japanese database, to search academic articles and books and find holing libraries. Click here for the instruction of using CiNii Books.

          ausnz_GIF GIF Australian and New Zealand members

          US_GIF GIF North American members

          GIF Japan members

    Join GIF Project today!

    Registration is free. GIF uses OCLC IFM.


    ILL/DD with Japan

    OCLC ILL libraries in Japan

    • Keio University Libraries (KEI)
    • Ritsumeikan University Library (KRI)
    • Ritsumeikan University, BKC Media Library (RTS)
    • Waseda University Library (LWU)

    National Diet Library of Japan (NDL)

    A researcher can request a copy. But, a book request MUST be made via his/her library ILL.

    IFLA Voucher Scheme Participating Libraries in Japan


    About GIF

    GIF was originally launched in May 2002 by the Japan Project, organized by the Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, and the NCC. GIF uses the ISO ILL protocol to transfer requests data between North America (OCLC) and Japan (NACSIS-ILL). As of September 8, 2014, 166 libraries participate from Japan, 108 libraries from North America, and one library from Australia/New Zealand participate in GIF project.



      Helpline for ILL specialists:

      GIF Project Registration:

      Co-Chair Kazuyo Good :

      North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources
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