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Restrictions on admission

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Why do I need to apply to come to the Tokyo Main Library on Saturdays after 12:00 p.m.?
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The maximum number of visitors to the Tokyo Main Library is limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Since the number of visitors to the Tokyo Main Library on Saturdays is expected to be higher than those on Mondays through Fridays, the lottery reservation system will continue for Saturdays after 12:00 p.m.

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How long will the lottery reservation system continue?
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We plan to continue the lottery reservation system after 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays for the time being. We will update the information on our website as the situation changes.

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Can I apply only from the request form?
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You can apply only from the request form for the time being.

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Request form

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Where or when can I apply?
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Saturdays when you can visit are shown on the website of the National Diet Library. Application deadline is no later than 12:00 p.m. on the Friday of the week before your visit. Reservation confirmation emails will be sent only to successful applicants, by the Tuesday of the same week as their visit.

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I want to confirm that I have applied.
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We will immediately send you an automated response to confirm that we have received your request. Please check if you are set up to receive emails from at n d l dot g o dot j p.

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I want to change the date that I applied for.
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Applications cannot be revised.

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What should I do when visiting the Tokyo Main Library for the first time?
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If you do not have a user ID, you should register as a "simple registered user" via NDL Online and bring your user ID and personal identification with you to enter the library. This registration procedure requires identification documents such as a driver's license and insurance card.

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Drawing of lots and results

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How is the drawing of lots done?
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After deleting duplicate applications for the same day, a random drawing will be conducted.

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When will I be informed of the results?
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Reservation confirmation emails will be sent only to successful applicants, by the Tuesday of the same week as their visit. We will post on the NDL Twitter when we send the confirmation emails.

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I want to change the day I visit.
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You cannot cancel the application.

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Should I contact you when I cannot visit despite being selected?
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You do not need to contact us.

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Partial resumption of admission without a reservation

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Is it possible to enter the Tokyo Main Library without a reservation?
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A Starting Thursday, July 21, 2022, patrons with a Registered User card may enter the library without a reservation except Saturdays afternoon. There is no limit to the length of stay. On Saturdays after 12:00 p.m., the lottery reservation system will continue.

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Do I have to register as a user?
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Insofar as we are not issuing one-day user cards at this time, yes, you must register as a user to enter the library. Please be sure to bring an ID card or other form of identification.

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Visiting the Tokyo Main Library

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Is there a time limit for entering the Tokyo Main Library?
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Patrons with a reservation may enter the library anytime during normal opening hours. Patrons with a Registered User card may enter the library without a reservation except Saturdays afternoon. There is no time limit for patrons who enter the library at that time.

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When should I visit?
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Please come to the Library during the opening hours, allowing yourself sufficient time. We will confirm your reservation and measure your temperature at the entrance.

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What kind of procedure is required to visit the Tokyo Main Library using the lottery on Saturday?
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Please bring your user ID so that we may confirm your reservation. If you don't have your user ID, you will need to have a card issued. This process will go smoothly if you bring your reservation confirmation email. Also, when entering the library, please disinfect your hands and check your temperature.

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Are there additional drawings or cancellations available for the lottery reservation system?
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While there are no additional drawings or cancellations available, patrons with a Registered User card may enter the library without a reservation except Saturdays afternoon.

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May I leave and re-enter the library during the day on Saturday?
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Patrons without a reservation may re-enter the library until 12:00 p.m. No re-entry after 12:00 p.m.
Patrons with a reservation may enter the library anytime during normal opening hours. Your reservation will be reconfirmed when you re-enter on Saturday after 12:00 p.m.

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