National Taiwan Library
New Taipei City, New Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China)
The National Taiwan Library is the oldest public library of Taiwan, with the largest collection of books, most frequent updates and a comprehensive organizational structure. The library’s aim is to provide a service for the public, to conserve local literature, promote academic research, and assist private libraries in Taiwan.
Since the Japanese occupation, the history of the National Taiwan Library spans over 100 years. During this time, it has been renamed several times and experienced various changes in management; from the Imperial Taiwan Library, the Taiwan Province Government Executive Office Library, the Taiwan Province Taipei Library, to the National Taiwan Library. Now, the library’s new building in Jhughe is the largest public library in Taiwan; facilities include a Parents and Child Information Centre; Information Centre for the Visually Impaired; Taiwan Study Research Centre; Study Rooms; Periodicals Room; Reference Area; Reading Area; Multimedia Area and many other facilities. The building also has several outdoor areas, such as the Li-Zhi, Li-Xue, Creativity, and Waterscape Plazas; plus a Meditation Hall and other recreational facilities. The library actively collects and organizes documents and information on Taiwan and the Southeast Asia Pacific; on parents and child relations; documents for the visually impaired; as well as general books and documents. This information is available to the general public, and material is also provided for the collection, organisation and research on Taiwanese documents. In order to improve academic use, it is necessary to follow the trend of society and cooperate with other sectors, organizing educational and promotional events, promote the concept of life-long learning, and bring the idea of social education as a whole.