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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. The library had a collection of more than 700,000 volumes. Shanghai Library merged with the Shanghai Municipal Library of Science and Technology, the Shanghai Municipal Library of Historical Documents, and the Shanghai Newspaper Library in October 1958. The Xujiahui Library (Bilbiotheca 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.
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  • Located close to Wu Kang Road Subway No. 10 line chart book Museum station, France Harbourside buildings remain. Does not seem a huge modern library buildings felt the greatness of the Chinese.
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  • It is to the Shanghai Library station of the subway line 10, get off a skyscraper in front of a large building. Using libraries in China, issued by your card identification. Once this process is over, the other city library (library) also available.
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  • It is a big modern building but ultimately nothing special about it. Even as an architectural description it is ordinary. 
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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.
  • 相当不错了!可以在里面看书、借书、自修、上网、吃饭、听讲座。 最好存1000块押金办理参考外借读者卡,对于有借阅专业书籍的读者,如果只是100块,基本上专业细分方向的书籍没多少有价值的书可以外借。 另外听讲座简直是一大特色了,可以领略各领域专业人士的风采,主题多元,中英俱全。
  • 早上的开馆时间有点晚!(8:30) 每天人都很多,需要提前去,不然就找不到位子看书了!