Japanese Legal Research at the University of Washington
ワシントン大学の法律学校アジア法学部門での 日本の法律研究

Updated February 18, 2016 | Please send comments to Rob Britt: rrbritt@uw.edu

UW Law Library Offers Access to Japan's National Diet Library Materials

The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library has become a registered user of Japan's National Diet Library (NDL).  As members of a registered institution, the Law Library's primary users (students, faculty, and staff of the UW Law School) may now borrow volumes or order photocopies of materials held by the NDL. 

The NDL, similar to the U.S. Library of Congress, has extensive holdings in all fields, and in many Asian and European languages, including a very large and comprehensive collection of legal materials on Japan.  NDL's holdings include over 2.6 million volumes of books and 110,000 magazine and newspaper titles in Japanese.  NDL also holds over 280,000 doctoral dissertations.

Anyone can search the NDL's online catalog:  http://opac.ndl.go.jp/index_e.html.  Users can choose either the English or the Japanese interface.  The NDL webpage also provides access to a very comprehensive index to Japanese periodicals, produced by the NDL.

Access to the NDL catalog is not available during scheduled maintenance at the following times (beginning 1/8/2007):


NDL Online Catalog
Not Available
(Seattle Standard Time)

# of

Mon-Sat. 12:30 P.M.-2 P.M.


Sundays 8 A.M.-2 P.M.


3rd Sunday of
each Month
5 A.M.-2 P.M.


If you find items that you would like to borrow, or for which you'd like to make a photocopy request, please enter information about the item(s) on the Law Library Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request form at http://lib.law.washington.edu/ill/borform.html, or contact:

Resource Sharing Office
W.H. Gates Hall Room L177
Phone: 206-543-4262
Email: lawlibil@u.washington.edu

NDL restricts users to borrowing no more than 10 volumes at a time.  They also stipulate that the items borrowed may be used only within the library where the materials are borrowed, and that no photocopying of borrowed materials is allowed. The period of the loan is for a maximum of one month, not including the time required for delivery.  Items are sent by registered airmail.

Photocopy requests are limited to no more than 30 items at a time.  Copies are shipped about one week after a request is submitted to NDL.

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