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Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery: News

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


January 20, 2021

The result of the public comment

Thank you for your participation in the public comment on the Interim Report of the Review of the Regulations on Library Rights Restrictions held in December 2020. The result has been published on the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunkacho)’s website. Please visit the following URLs. You can see the proposed revisions added in red in the second URL.  


パブリックコメントのまとめ (Summary of the Public Comments)


更新後の報告書案 (Revised Draft)


In addition, an article was published on the National Diet Library’s Current Awareness Portal with the original (non-edited) version of comments by organizations.


January 6, 2021

Japan Post announced that they have again suspended several services from Japan to the US (Updated on December 24). 



While this update should not impact NDL's photocopy delivery service since they use "letters" service, it might cause further delays to the arrival of deliveries.


December 15, 2020

Please send your comments to public comment on Interim Report of the Review of the Regulations on Library Rights Restrictions (図書館関係の権利制限規定の見直し(デジタル・ネットワーク対応)に関する中間まとめ」)


The Council for Cultural Affairs (文化審議会) of the Agency for Cultural Affairs (文化庁) is now conducting a public comment on Interim Report of the Review of the Regulations on Library Rights Restrictions (図書館関係の権利制限規定の見直し(デジタル・ネットワーク対応)に関する中間まとめ」) and will be closing at 23:00 on December, 21,2020 (Japan time). This includes NDL’s Digitized Contents Transmission Service (図書館向けデジタル化資料送信サービス). If you or your colleagues work with Japanese materials, please read PDF files above this article and participate in this poll.


For your convenience, the NCC ILL/DD committee also translated the comment form in English as well as extracted the comment points which correspond with the form. You can find these documents at the bottom of this news column. Please note that English translations are prepared by us and not official versions. Therefore, please let me know if you have any questions. 


Please submit your opinion at  


The most important points for us to consider for the comments (please see the file of comment points) are: 

  • If the NDL makes it possible to transmit data of materials such as out of print materials directly to users via Internet under certain conditions, overseas users would like to have the same services as the users in Japan. 

  • The Rights to transmit to the public prevents librarians from providing information to users via the Internet. However, this practice prohibits the libraries to deliver the needed information to their users when librarians nor users can have access to the library's physical collection due to various emergency reasons such as the recent new coronavirus pandemic.  

  • Currently, overseas libraries allowed only viewing service of the Digital Contents Transmission service, but we would like to use the image printing service as well.  


  • Current procedure requires librarians to mediate and monitor the service use by logging in the users as well as processing the print-outs. For academic research use, if the users can print out and download materials by themselves, it increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the research activities. 


  • It would be ideal that overseas residents can also register for the digital contents transmission service and obtain IDs and passwords to receive the service. 


Please send your comments. We appreciate your corporation. 

October 16, 2020

Japan Post updated International mail service availability by country 

  • Among Air items, only some ordinary letter-post items such as Printed Matter, Special Mailbags for Printed Matter and Small Packets are accepted from October 9, 2020. Please find more details here.

August 27, 2020

図書館関係の権利制限規定の在り方に関するワーキングチーム(第1回)held at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

April 23, 2020

Japan Post announced Temporary suspension of acceptance of various mail items destined to the United States

May 16, 2019

NDL has updated their website on Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries (図書館向けデジタル化資料送信サービス) 


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