The National Library of China, with a collection of 25 million volumes, is the largest library in Asia, having the largest collection of Chinese books in the world. Adjacent to the Purple Bamboo Park in the western part of Beijing, the library has three stories below ground and 19 stories above ground. In the library's collection are over 3,500 tortoise shells carved with ancient Chinese characters, 1.6 million volumes of traditional thread-bound books, over 1,000 volumes of documents from Dunhuang Grottoes, 12 million volumes of foreign-language books and magazines, and dozens of electronic databases.
Formerly known as the Beijing Library, the NLC was established in 1906. It is a comprehensive research library and national repository of publications. The NLC also plays a leading role in the standardization, digitization, and networking of the library communities in China. Spanning a floor space of 170,000 square meters, the library offers a collection of well over 22 million volumes, of which 1.6 million are ancient monographs and another 270,000 are rare books. In addition, it houses a unique historic treasure of 35,000 scripted turtle shells and animal bones. Open to the public every day of the year, with on-line services available 24 hours a day, the library lays claim to the largest collection of Chinese books in the world, and of foreign-language materials in the country. http://www.nlc.gov.cn/newpages/english/guide/holdings.htm
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Administration: The director of the library is Zhan FuRui .
Organizational structure: The library is part of a publicly-funded organization. It operates on a Non-profit financial model.
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Record History: This listing was created on Jan 12, 2005 and was last modified on Dec 17, 2021.
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