Kaohsiung Main Public Library, Kaohsiung

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Satisfy any intellectual or architectural cravings by visiting Kaohsiung Main Public Library, whose towering glass facade invites visitors to read, study or explore the vast array of books-- although many are not in English. Featuring a 'library garden' situated on the top of the glass building, the library offers visitors a chance to experience the bizarre architectural possibilities in Taiwan. Look out for the peaceful architectural spaces with a hint of nature nestled in the surroundings, or visit in the evening to see the building lit up-- sometimes with colours. For Kaohsiung Main Public Library and beyond, use our Kaohsiung travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Kaohsiung vacation.
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  • August 18, 2017
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  • August 17, 2017
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  • August 16, 2017
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  • December 18, 2016
    The library is one of the first architectural centerpieces in the 新灣區 New Bay Area to have reached completion. It is enjoyable to visit from that standpoint alone. If you are a local looking to actually use it, management is still not quite up up to par. Many foreign books can not be borrowed, the library is often invaded by students who use it as a lounge all day long and often leave their belongings to claim tables hours at a time even when they aren't around. I am leaving five stars because compared to what Kaohsiung had before this library opened, there aren't enough stars to thank the city for building this. It is a world class library, that hopefully one day can be managed as such. Recommendations for staff: Strict seating use enforcement, children's activities and lessons, allowing more books to actually be borrowed, public musical instrument (a piano?), Q&A counter for those who need assistance, etc.
  • May 7, 2017
    Modern library? 1 seat out of 20 with plugs, they even forgot to put some in designated spaces. People are seating on the floor due to the lack of seats. Unfriendly staff... Good looking but that's all.
  • February 7, 2017
    Amazing library. It is a brand new library in Kaohsiung. The architecture is quite nice too with a good view all around. You must visit if your just staying here for a day.
  • March 12, 2017
    Another great example of Kaohsiung's contemporary architecture. For architecture lovers a must-see place. Nice view from top roof.
  • January 11, 2017
    The children's library is especially nice. Books in many languages and a cushioned shoes off area to lay down and read. Not too crowded during the day on weekdays.

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