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Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery: Welcome

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

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 with ILL/DD for Japanese-language materials from libraries in Japan.

(An individual researcher MUST contact his/her affiliated library for ILL/DD services)

ILL/DD with Japan: National Diet Library (NDL)

A registered individual can request a copy directly to NDL. But, ILL requests MUST be made by libraries to NDL. For detailed instructions for a library to register and submit ILL/DD requests to NDL, please consult with ILL/DD from NDL page.

Please check Help page for additional information on how to use NDL Online. Registered libraries for photocopy and ILL services (separate registration is required for photocopy and ILL services) can directly submit requests in NDL Online. For passwords set in 2017 or earlier, use UPPERCASE only--for more information about passwords, please read the News page.  

GIF Project terminated in 2018

The Global ILL Framework (GIF) Project, which had been fulfilling inter-library loan and document delivery needs between Japanese and North American/Oceanian libraries since 2002, was terminated in March 2018.

Since the Coordinating Committee for Japanese University Libraries had decided in July 2015 that no update of NACSIS-ILL system would be made in accordance with the changes in ISO protocol, the Coordinating Committee established International ILL Task Force to investigate alternative ways of operation to replace the system. In 2016/17 the Task Force looked into one alternative, the Agent System employing a dedicated staff to manually input ILL transaction data on both OCLC and NACSIS-ILL systems.

After reviewing the feasibility of the Agent System both from the viewpoint of the mechanism and the administration, in spring 2017 the Task Force recommended not to implement the Agent System and to entirely terminate the GIF Project. In its recommendation, the Task Force cited increasing system communication errors with GIF transactions, and the availability of alternative modes of access to Japanese resources, including ILL and photoduplication services provided by the Japan’s National Diet Library (NDL) and several Japanese university libraries that use OCLC’s ILL system. The Task Force’s final report was approved by the Coordinating Committee for Japanese University Libraries.


Setsuko Noguchi ( Princeton University) Co-Chair

Leila Smith (Harvard University) Co-Chair

Margaret Ellingson (Emory University)

Lawrence Hamblin (Emory University)

Tsuyoshi Harada (University of Iowa)

Hiroko Hashitani (University of Utah)

Eiji Kuge (Harvard University)

Toshinori Egami (The International Research Center for Japanese Studies) Liaison

Toshie Marra (UC Berkeley) Advisor

Peter Bae (Princeton University) Advisor

North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources
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