NCC’s Resource Sharing Committee aims to provide basic guidance to North American scholars who need to use Japanese library resources not at hand in their affiliated library but available in libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in Japan and elsewhere. This typically involves interlibrary loans and document delivery services, but individuals can also directly request a copy from Japan in the case of Japan's National Diet Library. The Committee has also been working to share with North American library professionals information on the Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries provided by Japan's National Diet Library (NDL).
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is "the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library" (American Library Association). The process is library-to-library on behalf of a patron. To use this service, users need to contact their affiliated library.
Document delivery (DD) generally refers to "the provision of published or unpublished documents in hard copy, microform, or digital format, usually for a fixed fee upon request. In most libraries, document delivery service is provided by the interlibrary loan office on a cost-recovery basis" (ODLIS Dictionary).
Photoduplication Service for Individuals: see the "For Individual Overseas Users" section of the ILL/DD from NDL page of this guide for instructions.
Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries: see the NDL Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries page of this guide.
If you are an independent / unaffiliated scholar, please see the NCC Outreach Working Group guide for more specific information on resource access.
Patricia Baird (University of Iowa)
Yuh-Fen Benda (Vanderbilt University)
Toshinori Egami, Liaison (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
Tsuyoshi Harada, Chair (University of Iowa)
Hiroko Hashitani (University of Utah)
Matthew Hayes (Duke University)
Tomoko Kitayama Yen (University of British Columbia)
Setsuko Noguchi, Advisor (Princeton University)
Shōji Yamada, Advisor (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
What you will find in this guide:
Interlibrary loan (ILL) requests must be handled by libraries. National Diet Library, Waseda University, University of Tokyo, and International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) are some of the most used partner institutions in Japan.
National Diet Library (NDL)
For detailed instructions for a library to register and submit ILL/DD requests to NDL, consult the ILL/DD from NDL page of this guide.
See the NDL 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 instructions for a borrowing library, see Waseda University Library's Other Libraries page. Search for items in Waseda's catalog WINE.
University of Tokyo
For instructions for a borrowing library, see the University of Tokyo's International Interlibrary for Foreign Libraries page. Search for items in University of Tokyo Library OPAC.
International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken)
For instructions for a borrowing library, see Nichibunken's Interlibary Loan Services page. Search for items in the Nichibunken OPAC. You can also find a short video about Nichibunken in this NCC OWG guide.
OCLC ILL member libraries can directly submit ILL/DD requests to the following Japanese libraries using OCLC WorldShare ILL: