The International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL) was founded on January 1, 2000 as a branch of the National Diet Library (NDL). It partially opened to the public on May 5, 2000 and started full services on May 5, 2002.
The ILCL provides internationally linked library services for children’s literature and related materials published in Japan and in other countries.
The ILCL is the first national library of its kind in Japan.
The ILCL provides various programs devoted to enhancing the reading and information-gathering environment for children’s books, guided by the principle, "Children's books link the world and open up the future."
The original building dates from 1906 when it was founded as the Imperial Library. and was expanded in 1929. As a typical example of Western, Renaissance-style architecture built in the Meiji era, it has been designated as a metropolitan historic building by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It was used as the Ueno Library (Branch of the NDL) until 1998. In January 2000 it became International Library of Children's Literature.
Tuesday to Sunday 09:300-17:00
Mondays, every third Wednesday of the month
and National Holidays
but open on Children's Day, May 5th
Christmas & New Year:
Closed from 28 December to 4 January
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