Asian Resources Room

Features

The Asian Resources Room collects and provides materials and information concerning East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

We provides on-site services including reader services, photocopying, and reference services, and remote services such as interlibrary loans, mailing of photocopied materials, and reference services via mail or phone as well.

We are also committed to information services like AsiaLinks (Asia-related web links) and cooperation with organizations in Japan that provide information about Asia.

Reading room

The Asian Resources Room is in the reading room on the first basement level of the Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library, being a part of a big reading room together with the General Collections Room that holds about 90,000 volumes of home and foreign reference books.

There are 82 out of 346 seats allocated to the Asian Resources Room. Visitors can use computers to access the NDL-OPAC ; CD-ROMs ; and electronic journals, including the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) Database.

Collections

Asian Resources Room stores around 300,000 books, 7,500 titles of serials. About 30,000 volumes of reference books and basic books, and 1,000 titles of magazines and newspapers are on open shelves.

Number of materials in local languages in the Asian Resources Room (as of 2015.3)
LanguageBooks
[volumes]
Magazines
Numbers in parentheses: ongoing
[titles]
Newspapers
Numbers in parentheses: ongoing
[titles]
East Asia
Chinese
355,801
4,333 (1,957)
368 (91)
Korean
44,548
2,863 (1,127)
174 (35)
Mongolian
789
19 (2)
6 (2)
Others
68
6 (4)
0 (0)
Southeast Asia
Indonesian and Malay languages
15,260
224 (88)
18 (6)
Vietnamese
4,529
144 (75)
16 (8)
Thai
4,218
108 (44)
6 (4)
Burmese
1,773
108 (3)
3 (2)
Tagalog
224
13 (2)
4 (2)
Others
448
8 (7)
1 (1)
South Asia
Hindi
1,007
16 (8)
3 (1)
Bengali
562
11 (8)
1 (1)
Urdu
137
3 (1)
3 (2)
Others
228
17 (13)
4 (2)
Middle East and North Africa
Persian
3,248
61 (13)
11 (2)
Arabic
2,708
81 (25)
7 (5)
Turkish
2,235
53 (23)
3 (2)
Hebrew
108
13 (1)
2 (1)
Others
61
12 (0)
0 (0)
Central Asia
Azerbaijani
327
1 (1)
0 (0)
Tajik
160
2 (1)
0 (0)
Kazakh
138
5 (4)
0 (0)
Armenian
95
0 (0)
0 (0)
Georgian
67
3 (0)
0 (0)
Others
155
5 (4)
0 (0)

User guide

Asian Resources Services

Contact us

Asian Resources Division, the Kansai-Kan of the National Diet Library

  • 住所:8-1-3 Seikadai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto 619-0287 JAPAN
  • Phone:+81-774-98-1200 (automated voice information)
  • Fax:+81-774-94-9115
  • E-mail:azia(at)ndl.go.jp (Asian Resources Room Home Page webmaster)
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  • 国立国会図書館
  • NDL-OPAC 国立国会図書館蔵書検索・申込システム
  • 国立国会図書館サーチ
  • 国立国会図書館デジタルコレクション
  • ひなぎく
  • レファレンス協同データベース
  • 本の万華鏡