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Nanjing Library is the Jiangsu provincial public library, as well as one of the first-class libraries named by the Culture Ministry. Established in 1907, it’s the oldest public library in China and used to serve as the national central library during the Republic of China. In 1954, it’s named Nanjing library officially, with long history and profound culture.

Served as the center for literature information resources insurance and service in Jiangsu Province, Nanjing Library has already formed the collection system which has contained each field of social science and natural science. By the end of 2010, the total amount of the collected books of Nanjing Library had reached more than 9.1 million volumes, ranking the third in the whole country and enjoying higher reputation. The Library is famous for the historical document collection with its holding of 1.6 million volumes of ancient book together, 700 thousand volumes of Republic of Chinese literature. As far as the collection of the ancient books, the rare books reaches 15 thousand kinds and 140 thousand volumes, and 363 of which have been selected in National Precious Ancient Book Register already, including the originally written books of the Tang and Liao Dynasties, precious block-printed editions, manuscripts, copies and books originally criticized and supplied with the preface and postscript by celebrity in the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Nanjing Library is located at Daxinggong of center of Nanjing, covering an area of 2.52 ten thousand square meters and having floor of 7.87 ten thousand square meters. It sets up 3 thousand seats and more than 4 thousand information points for readers, and allocates all kinds of advanced software of the function, it mainly reflects the idea of using is the main fact and regarding reader as the center, takes opening shelves as the main method of service, and realizes the integration of collecting, borrowing, reading, reference and management. The ground is workspace of convention and exhibition such as the exhibition hall, multi function room, academic report hall, showing areas of six dynasties trace, ect. On the first floor, there are comprehensive service area, Chinese newspaper reading room, juvenile’s books and periodicals lending and reading room, blind person’s books and periodicals lending and reading room and Jiangsu writers’ works hall; The second floor is the lending area; the third floor is the reading area; the fourth floor is the reading area of special topic; the fifth floor is the digitization area ancient book studying area; the sixth and seventh floors are the collection area; the eighth floor is the administrative office.

Nanjing library implements overall free opening and serving to the outside in 365 days, which including reading, lending, reference service, database searching, literature transmitting, inter-library loan, mobile service, lecture, exhibition, training and all kinds of reader activities. It receives more than 6 thousand readers daily and it warmly praised and welcomed by the masses of readers. Nanjing library publishes library professional publication “New Century Library (Monthly)” , “Jangsu Library (Bimonthly)” and the publication of information reference and serves “Information Bulletin (Semi-monthly)”. The website of Nanjing Library has already been set up. The National Sub-center of Jiangsu Province of Resource-Sharing Project of Cultural Information, The Jiangsu Province Ancient Book Protection Center, The Secretariat of Jiangsu Society for Library Science, and The Office of Coordination Committee of Books and Information of Jiangsu Province are all set up in it.

The elegant building of Nanjing Library has already become the new coordinate of culture domain of Jiangsu. Inheriting the morals and demeanor of the sage of the past of libraries, adhering to the human-oriented service theory, and fulfilling the Nanjing library’s motto of “To treasure time, to advocate the thought, to open intelligence, and to show the aboveboard virtue”, Nanjing library is striding forward to the goal of “Domestic first-class, international advanced library”.


 
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