History of the Library

Turning over the pages of numerous books,
Absorbing the wisdom of countless minds, 
I sit in the study of my quiet home.

Shuttling between palaces of knowledge,
Countless literary giants nourishing my soul.

Wandering in a world full of books,
Breaking through time and space,
My spirit dances with joy.

History and Architecture

  • Established in 1923, the National Taichung Library has always been a palace of spiritual nourishment for the citizens of Taichung. The Library has several times moved, established branches and changed systems. In 1999, the Library came under the jurisdiction of the Council of Cultural Affairs, Executive Yuan, and was renamed National Taichung Library. It now gives guidance to all public libraries in Taiwan, especially on providing a good reading environment and promoting reading activities in order to create a society of lifelong learning.
  • With an area of 1,893 pings, the Library is located at the northeastern corner of Taichung Park of Taichung City, facing Jingwu Road and next to Shuang Shih Road. The main building is divided into a general reading area, readers' services area, special services area, public services and administrative area.
  • Established in 1972, the NTL Concert Hall was temporarily closed for renovation in 2004. Now, it has 1,240 seats and professional sound, lighting and stage facilities and is considered a national performance venue. The NTL Concert Hall had officially devolved on National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra which is in charge of the management of the hall, since March 9th of 2007.
  • However, the size and the layout of the buildings are still insufficient to meet demand brought about by its functional transformation. In view of this, the Library will go through another renovation with the idea becoming a cultural green corridor with innovative services. The Library hopes to become a futuristic library with creative images and architectural core functions.

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Services for Readers and Promotion of Reading

  • The services for readers include the acquisition, rearrangement and collection of books, the establishment of an efficient reference system and digitalized resources, and audio-visual materials. Besides, the Library holds educational activities, and seeks to strengthen exchange and cooperation among local public school libraries.
  • In recent years, the Library has been putting a lot of efforts on digitalization, the establishment of a digital learning system, preservation of cultural resources, consolidation of community development, promotion of reading in communities, developing the creative industry, popularization of use of books, raising of the art appreciation abilities of citizens, and building excellent facilities and cultural environment.
  • In order to promote reading among all citizens, activities such as book donations and book exchanges were held for readers. The activity also hopes to bridge the gap between urban and rural reading habits. Through the distribution of good books, people living in remote villages and towns can also share the fun of reading, improving the cultural literacy of all citizens. In 2004, the Library held the activity "National Good Books Exchange Day" with the participation of 261 libraries from different villages and towns. The activity aroused great interest from the public. To increase the effectiveness of this Good Books Exchange Activity, the Library plans to hold it regularly and promote it in advance.

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Brand New Features of Guidance Affairs

  • In 1988, the National Taichung Library started to organize Guidance Teams to visit libraries in different villages and towns. These teams collected information and did surveys during their visits. The information they gathered became a reference for planning the administrative policy and operation of libraries. In 1996, the Library hosted the "Public Library Information Network Guidance and Consultation Committee" assisting 21 county and municipal libraries under their Bureaus of Culture and more than 400 libraries of different villages and towns to complete library automation. From 2003 to 2004, the Library completed the "Improvement Plan of Public Library Space and Operation" and the "Public Library Automation and Network Project" assisting more than 300 public libraries to complete software and hardware facilities improvement.
  • The Library continues to develop cultural talents, promote different plans, strengthen the management of public libraries of different levels, assist linkages among different county and municipal libraries and the libraries of different villages and towns, facilitate strategic alliance, establish and share resources with other libraries and work hard for the sustainable development of the public library system of Taiwan.

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