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 Online ; CD-ROMs ; and electronic journals, including the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) Database.

Collections

Asian Resources Room stores around 480,000 books, 8,900 titles of serials. About 30,000 volumes of reference books and basic books, and 1,000 titles of periodicals and newspapers are on open shelves.

Number of materials in local languages in the Asian Resources Room (as of 2018.3)
LanguageBooks
[volumes]
Periodicals
Numbers in parentheses: ongoing
[titles]
Newspapers
Numbers in parentheses: ongoing
[titles]
East Asia
Chinese
365,521
4,409 (2,010)
370 (76)
Korean
48,402
2,966 (1,163)
175 (33)
Mongolian
836
19 (3)
6 (2)
Others
71
6 (4)
0 (0)
Southeast Asia
Indonesian and Malay languages
18,777
232 (90)
18 (5)
Vietnamese
5,300
151 (78)
16 (5)
Thai
5,102
115 (46)
6 (2)
Burmese
1,846
111 (4)
4 (1)
Khmer
306
6 (2)
1 (1)
Tagalog
245
13 (2)
4 (1)
Others
184
9 (6)
0 (0)
South Asia
Hindi
1,043
16 (9)
3 (1)
Bengali
569
11 (7)
1 (1)
Urdu
137
3 (1)
3 (1)
Others
246
12 (6)
4 (2)
Middle East and North Africa
Persian
3,266
61 (12)
11 (2)
Arabic
2,850
83 (26)
7 (5)
Turkish
2,328
53 (21)
4 (2)
Hebrew
111
13 (1)
2 (1)
Others
64
11 (0)
0 (0)
Central Asia
Azerbaijani
353
1 (1)
0 (0)
Tajik
161
2 (1)
0 (0)
Kazakh
164
5 (4)
0 (0)
Armenian
108
1 (1)
0 (0)
Uzbek
98
2 (2)
0 (0)
Georgian
71
3 (0)
0 (0)
Others
78
3 (1)
0 (0)

User guide

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:arrk2002(at)ndl.go.jp (Asian Resources Room Home Page webmaster)
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