The Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library of Japan annually carries out research projects on library and information science. This year we conducted a survey on the theme of the Great East Japan Earthquake and libraries, and published the first-ever full-scale research report on the subject.  The 350+ page report broadly covers information related to the earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011 and libraries in Japan.

Investigation period

11 March 2011 to mid-March 2012


Information on damage and reconstruction of libraries, related support activities, activities for preserving earthquake records and experiences are collected and also include:

  • Pictures and maps of libraries damaged by tsunami and earthquake
  • Timeline of the disaster and movement of the central and local governments and libraries
  • Events and Statistical information
  • Articles by librarians & researchers


Some text available in English.  See:  Summary and Section 9, "The Great East Japan Earthquake and Libraries."


Source: National Diet Library Press Release, 25 April 2012