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Top > Information Related to the National Diet > Services for the Diet  > Facilities and Organization of the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau

Facilities and Organization of the Research and Legislative Reference Bureau

Facilities

Reading Room and Study Room for the Diet Members

The Research and Legislative Reference Bureau (RLRB) offers a Reading Room and Study Room reserved exclusively for Diet Members' use. The Reading Room provides official bulletins of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors, directories, official gazettes, statutes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, maps, newspapers, periodicals and the NDL publications. This Room also maintains "Shelves of books by Diet Members," a collection consisting of printed works written by Diet Members and their biographies since the time of the Imperial Diet.

Detached Library in the Diet

The Detached Library in the Diet is located in the central tower of the Diet Building, with doors to both Houses. This Library provides the latest books, periodicals, newspapers, and parliamentary documents, and offers lending, copying and reference services and online service through the Detached Library Website. The Library has reading rooms on each side of the Houses, providing electronic resources such as the Internet and databases.

Parliamentary Documents and Official Publications Room

The Parliamentary Documents and Official Publications Room holds the following:

  • Essential materials of parliamentary documents, statutory documents, official publications and international intergovernmental organization-related documents,
  • Reference materials on parliament, politics and laws & regulations (encyclopedias, directories and bibliographies, etc.),
  • Bibliographies and indexes to search legal documents,
  • Catalogs of publications of domestic and foreign government and international organizations.

RLRB Organization

The RLRB consists of 12 research services, 14 divisions, 2 offices and the Detached Library in the Diet. Taking the composition of Standing Committees in both houses of the Diet into consideration, the RLRB sets up research services and divisions to conduct research. A Senior Specialist in each research service takes responsibility for conducting research as a Director.

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