The International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) is the sole national library dedicated to children’s books, and it holds about 400,000 volumes of Japanese and foreign children’s books. ILCL consists of two buildings, the Brick Building which has a Gallery, a museum, and open stack reading rooms for children, where both adults and children can enjoy a variety of children’s books, and the Arch Building which has installed the Researchers’ Reading Room and Seminar Rooms to provide specialized information about children’s literature.


Gallery of Children's Literature

The Gallery of Children’s Literature is a permanent exhibition room for Japanese children’s books published since the Meiji era. It is a reorganization of the exhibition “Japanese Children’s Literature : A History from the International Library of Children’s Literature Collections” which was held from February 2011 to October 2015. Around 1,000 items are exhibited in this room. All books are available for anyone to read.

Admission fees

Admission Free


National Diet Library International Library of Children’s Literature


  • [Opening Hours]

    9:30 - 17:00

  • [Closed]

    Mondays, National holidays (except Children's
    Day on May 5), the year-end and New Year's holidays and the third
    Wednesday of every month (for refiling)

  • 12-49, Ueno Koen, Taito-Ku, Tokyo

  • +81-3-3827-2053

  • Official website

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