Japan: A Look at New Services From the International Library of Children’s Literature in Tokyo
The new annex building of the International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL), a branch of the National Diet Library, Japan (NDL), was completed in June 2015. Following completion of the annex, which is known as the “Arch Building,” the Researchers’ Reading Room was opened on September 17, 2015, on the second floor of the annex. After undergoing a course of renovation, on February 2, 2016, the Teens’ Research Room and Gallery of Children’s Literature were opened on the second floor of the existing building, which is known as the “Brick Building.” And later, the Children’s Library and Meet the World were opened on the first floor of the Brick Building on March 1.
The ILCL has three basic roles: (1) to serve as a library dedicated to children’s books, (2) to serve as a place where children can discover books, and (3) to serve as a museum of children’s books. In this article, we will look closely at the second of these roles as we present some of the new facilities and services available at the ILCL.
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