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Shanghai Library (Shanghai Tushuguan), Shanghai

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Shanghai Library is the second largest library in China after the National Library of China in Beijing. It is located in Shanghai, China. At 24 stories and 348 feet tall, it is the tallest library in the world, as well as one of the largest. The building has a tower that looks like a giant lighthouse.Early History: The Xujiahui (Zikawei) LibraryThe Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei is the first modern library to have been established in Shanghai. It was established in 1847.MergersIn 1925, Shanghai East Library, the first library run by Chinese, was opened. In 1950, the Shanghai Cultural Heritage Managing Committee launched a campaign to collect books and after about a year, the collection grew to more than 200,000 volumes. Many scholars and celebrities contributed and some of them made large donations. The committee also started to buy books from abroad. After the mission schools and scientific establishments had been taken over by the Chinese government, the last foreign Jesuits left Xujiahui in 1951. The Xujiahui Library, along with other libraries formerly run by foreign groups, was placed under the control of the Shanghai Municipal Library, which had been established on July 22, 1952. This was the first large municipal public library in Shanghai. Marked the Shanghai library career in the founding of new China has taken a historic step. The library had a collection of more than 700,000 volumes. the Shanghai Municipal Library of Historical Documents(formerly known as Shanghai private Hezhong library founded in 1939 by Jingkui Ye and Yuanji Zhang), The Xujiahui Library (Bibliotheca Zikawei), which reopened in 1977, also became a branch of the Shanghai Library. It was the second largest comprehensive public library in China, in terms of collection, services, and professional expertise. In October 1995, the Shanghai library merged with the Shanghai Institute of science and technology information, and became the first provincial (city) level library and information association.
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  • This was a photo op as much as anything as we stumbled across it as we emerged from the nearby metro stop. There was a sign advertising a coffee shop inside so we went in but found all of the seating ...  more »
  • It is a big modern building but ultimately nothing special about it. Even as an architectural description it is ordinary.  more »
  • This library is big, central and busy. Don't be put off if you don't have a card as you'll be issued one from an automatic machine (someone will help you if you don't speak Chinese) by the entrance. A...  more »
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  • A very impressive library with a nice mixture of collections and high tech in the absolute front of the development.
  • Best library in China!!!
  • A nice place to visit.
  • Shanghai Library headquarters. Style, is also very delicate. Rich in resources
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  • Very grand building, covers an area of large, free to read, sort of welfare.
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