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 490,000 books, 9,100 titles of serials. About 30,000 volumes of reference books and basic books, and 2,000 titles of periodicals and newspapers are on open shelves.

Number of materials in local languages in the Asian Resources Room (as of 2019.3)
LanguageBooks
[volumes]
Periodicals
Numbers in parentheses: ongoing
[titles]
Newspapers
Numbers in parentheses: ongoing
[titles]
East Asia
Chinese
362,281
4,439 (2,019)
373 (78)
Korean
50,317
2,990 (1,177)
178 (34)
Mongolian
852
19 (3)
6 (2)
Others
74
6 (4)
0 (0)
Southeast Asia
Indonesian and Malay languages
19,568
233 (90)
18 (5)
Vietnamese
5,643
153 (79)
17 (4)
Thai
5,422
117 (47)
6 (2)
Burmese
1,939
111 (4)
5 (1)
Khmer
315
6 (2)
1 (1)
Tagalog
248
13 (2)
4 (1)
Others
211
9 (6)
0 (0)
South Asia
Hindi
1,046
16 (9)
3 (1)
Bengali
571
11 (7)
1 (1)
Urdu
137
3 (1)
3 (1)
Others
248
12 (5)
4 (2)
Middle East and North Africa
Persian
3,301
61 (12)
12 (2)
Arabic
2,878
83 (24)
7 (5)
Turkish
2,335
53 (22)
4 (2)
Hebrew
112
13 (1)
1 (1)
Others
64
11 (0)
1 (0)
Central Asia
Azerbaijani
357
1 (1)
0 (0)
Tajik
182
2 (1)
0 (0)
Kazakh
165
5 (4)
0 (0)
Armenian
111
1 (1)
0 (0)
Uzbek
99
2 (2)
0 (0)
Georgian
71
3 (0)
0 (0)
Others
80
3 (2)
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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