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 the Shanghai Municipal Library of Historical Documents(formerly known as Shanghai private Hezhong library founded in 1939 by Jingkui Ye and Yuanji Zhang), The Xujiahui Library (Bibliotheca Zikawei), which reopened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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  • May 30, 2017
    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 »
  • February 28, 2017
    In Shanghai probably most large libraries. Including Japan to the top floor, there is also foreign books. (However, in political economy, philosophy, science, novel haven't found any) foreign nationals if you have a passport, you can create entry card. Only read if you're free. To lend to pay card is required. Have a study desk, used by many. Apparently, was like eating ok. It is useful to study.
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  • February 20, 2017
    Then go to Shanghai, was depressed after breaking up trip. Living close to the Embassy, hotel accommodation cried. To the library, and also specifically to do a reader's card, but is soon, ID in self machine can handle. Overall is good. Out from the library, or you can walk in the nearby, quiet road, old buildings. When in February, winter, was feeling like the weather, strange and cold ... ...
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  • May 10, 2016
    A very impressive library with a nice mixture of collections and high tech in the absolute front of the development.
  • March 27, 2016
    Best library in China!!!
  • March 20, 2014
    A nice place to visit.
  • June 4, 2017
    Shanghai Library headquarters. Style, is also very delicate. Rich in resources
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  • July 3, 2017
    Very grand building, covers an area of large, free to read, sort of welfare.
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