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The National Library of Public Information has 5 floors above ground, and 2 floors below, occupying an area of 12,000 ping. The interior adopts a design concept of "out-side-in", introducing city frames of different heights into the interiors, and transforming them into the design themes and colors for every floor.

Our Google Map Tour: Click on different floors to see the interior environment!

Click different floors to view introduction videos to different areas on that floor.

     1F               2F               3F               4-5F           B1 & Outdoor Facilities  

1F: Library Hall, Information Desk, Circulation. Return to other floors.
Main Hall & New Arrivals

Main Hall & New Arrivals

 

The National Library of Public Information is the first national digital library in Taiwan. We provide various digital facilities. There are different kiosks on the left side of the entrance to provide searches, tours, and reservation services. Inside, the Interactive Information Wall on the left displays our events. New Arrivals are displayed on the opposite side of the Digital Signage, showing new books and popular books. Are you ready? Let's enter this reading paradise with the streamlined light bands on the ceiling!

i櫃檯

i-counter

 

The Information Desk on 1F provides fast guides, courtesy umbrellas, wheelchairs, emergency treatments, and collects book donations!

流通服務區

Circulation

 

To enjoy the complete services of the library, do not forget to take your national ID card to the Circulation Service Counter to apply for a free library card. You can use this card to lend and return books from and to any library part of the Public Library Alliance.

自助借書區

FastBook

 

All our rental collections come equipped with chip management to enable self-serviced checkout, return, the collect reserved books. You can use our FastBook to check out books, and use the sterilization box on the side for sterilization.

Books on Hold Pick-up

Books on Hold Pick-up

 

When you receive an email or SMS notification from the library, you can come and pick up your reserved books from the Books on Hold Pick-up area, as well as checking out the popular reserved books!

Children's Library

Children's Library

 

“The Children's Library” is themed around the knowledge forest, ideal for children age 12 or below. The center has a Children's Area, Story House, Computer Search Area, Tree House Reading Area, and an AR Reading Experience Area that brings 2D books to 3D, bringing a diverse reading experience to the kids.

Book Drop

Book Drop

 

Our automated Book Drop area has the largest book sorting system among all public libraries. Drop the books through the window, and they will be automatically sorted. You will also have a chance to meet the most popular librarian in Taiwan here: Bopi! Bopi will occasionally appear here to assist in transporting children's books! Also, you may also utilize the 24HR book drop by the side doors to return books.

2F: Multimedia and Digital Creation. Provides various videos, animations, computer searches, and our digital resources.
Digital Leisure Center

Digital Leisure Center

 

“The Digital Leisure Center” around Taiwanese local anime and manga. You can use the wireless earphones provided on site to enjoy animations such as Big Aunty, Smiling Fish, A-kuei, and Mig Said. The center also has various interactive experience designs, such as Katzfun virtual stories, to highlight the educational functions of the library.

Digital Arts Center

Digital Arts Center

 

The Digital Arts Center is a multimedia showroom that exhibits diverse topics through cross-industry collaborations with relevant units, including outstanding student works from art-related schools, and promotions of popular science knowledge in collaboration with research units, providing the general public with diversified reading materials.

Digital Photo Studio/ Recording Studio

Digital Photo Studio/ Recording Studio

 

Our paid services include the digital photo studio and recording studio. Charity events including digital arts creation, R&D-related events, or public digital audio/video educations enjoy a discount when applying as a project.

Information Retrieval Area

Information Retrieval Area

 

The Information Retrieval Area provides computers to browse the net. The areas beside the light pillars are the free-for-all temporary Internet area and digital resource retrieval area. For long-period uses, please register for a 2-hour use with your library card.

Digital Multimedia Center

Digital Multimedia Center

 

“The Digital Multimedia Center” provides a language-learning area and an audio-visual area. You can rent audio and visual materials of public broadcast version and enjoy them in a single, double, or a small-group room. At the end, there is also a simple photo studio offering free reservation.

Information Center for the Hearing/Visually Impaired

Information Center for the Hearing/Visually Impaired

 

‘The Information Center for the Hearing/Visually Impaired” offers dual books, audio books, braille books, computers for the blind, and toy blocks. Additionally, there are multi-functional workshops, and audio-book recording studios to provide the hearing and visually impaired with an exclusive accessible environment.

2F Information Desk

2F Information Desk

 

The Information Desk on 2F provides the general public with audio/visual video rental services, information equipment (including notebooks, tablets, e-book readers) for readers age 13 or above, as well as the usage inquiries for our digital resources!

Art Corridor

Art Corridor

 

The Art Corridor periodically holds various exhibitions. It is a small paradise filled with aesthetics. It is open to reservations from creative units or individuals.

3F: The multicultural, senior, and journal services floor. You can obtain information from different countries and read from over 800 types of periodicals and newspapers!
Senior Learning Resources

Senior Learning Resources

 

The Senior Learning Area is set up to meet the reading needs of the senior group age 55 or above. It has a thematic autonomous learning section, and big-print books, and digital newspaper machines and magnifiers that can zoom in on the texts. There are also digital leisure platforms that are equipped with Chinese and other electronic competitive games.

Window to the World Exhibition Area

Window to the World Exhibition Area

 

The "Window to the World" exhibition area conducts occasional thematic expos. In the past, we have worked with Academia Sinica and the National Science and Technology Museum in various thematic exhibitions, establishing the educational importance of the library to serve as a museum.

Periodicals and Newspapers

Periodicals and Newspapers

 

The Periodicals and Newspapers section is one of the popular sections of the library. The periodicals section displays approximately 300 types of periodicals on a artistically designed beehive-shaped bookshelf. The newspapers section is located near the periodicals section, providing over 30 types of newspapers in Chinese, English, Japanese, and Southeast Asian languages. It is the public library with the most comprehensive newspaper subscriptions.

American Corner

American Corner

 

Taiwan's first American Corner will definitely satisfy your needs for information and cultures from all the states. The spatial design is themed around the Grand Canyon, ingeniously merging the shelves with the reading area. It provides over 4000 books for borrowing.

British Corner

British Corner

 

The British Corner's spatial design adopts the bright and clean modern British style. In addition to the unique telephone box, there are also zebra lines on the ground that utilized elements from the zebra lines on cover of Beatles' most popular album "Abbey", ingeniously merged with all the reading materials exhibited.

French Corner

French Corner

 

The cinematic French Corner puts you in corner in Paris. In addition to exposing the general public to a wealth of information and cultural characteristics, they can also learn about the France's long history and cultures via the selections and digital resources.

Taiwanese Books Section

Taiwanese Books Section

 

The “Taiwanese Books Section” has large collection of many documents from local publications form Taiwan, as well as a data collection on all towns and villages in Taiwan from all public libraries. Emerge yourself within to know about the local cultures and historic developments of this land. Come and experience all!

Audio-Visual Room

Audio-Visual Room

 

Follow the three centers inward, there is an Audio-Visual Room accommodating 108 people(including 2 wheelchair seats). It periodically plays pieces from film exhibitions and holds post-screening discussions. Refer to our website for more details.

New Immigrant Services

New Immigrant Services

 

In consideration and the reading needs of multiple cultures, the “New Immigrant Services” section procures, collects, and exhibits reading materials from Southeast Asian countries, and enables the general public to learn more about other cultures via our events, selections, and services.

Multi-learning Classroom

Multi-learning Classroom

 

The Multi-learning Classroom multicultural exchange-related courses and events.

Study Abroad Services

Study Abroad Services

 

The National Library of Public Information is a library specifically tasked by the Ministry of Education with counseling studying-abroad services in central Taiwan. The “Study Information Center” provides various information and consultation services on studying abroad, as well as conducting studying-abroad orientations, returned student seminars, and other events.

Map Area

Map Area

 

The Map Area provides printed maps, regional topography of Taiwan, and basemap photos.。

4F - 5F: They store books and materials that have circulation records within the last 5 years. 4F stores books in the categories of natural sciences, social sciences, applied sciences, and languages; and 5F provides books in the categories of arts and humanities, English, Japanese, Southeast Asian, and other foreign languages.
5F Information Desk

5F Information Desk

 

The 5F Information Desk provides references and inquiry services, interlibrary loan , and board game rental.

Youth Section

Youth Section

 

The Youth Section offers reading materials suitable for age 13-22, as well as magazine and light novels. There is also a "So Young Hall" activities area. We invite young adult to decorate this place and exhibit their creative work irregularly.

Server Room

Server Room

 

The Library servers as the cloud IT service center for all national libraries. Our server room is equipped with a precision-type uninterruptible power supply, ventilation system, chimney-type machine cabinets, structuralized wiring system, and stringent central control system. The cold/hot aisle principles are utilized for the machine cabinet, supplemented by an energy-saving ventilation system to achieve energy conservation and environmental protection.

B1, study room, outdoor facilities and architectural characteristics.
Study Room

Study Room

 

The “Study Room” can accommodate up to 315 people. It adopts an automated system management. Reservations can be made via the red seats in the KIOSK, as well as online through our website.

Specific Data Preservation

Specific Data Preservation

 

This area keeps approximately 23,000 data from the Japanese occupation period, and 15,000 bounded books from the early years of the Republic of China in constant temperature and humidity environment. These are documents of immense research values to understand the state of politics, economy, and society of the era.

Documents and Data

Documents and Data

 

This area keeps approximately 18,000 government reports, statistical data, and other government publications. There are also about 8500 master's and doctoral theses from most colleges and universities. You can apply for retrieval services and read them in a designated area on 3F. These must be returned on the day.

Archived Periodicals

Archived Periodicals

 

This area keeps bound volumes of most newspapers after 1981, preserving past news and events in their entirety. Please apply for a retrieval service on 3F if you wish to read them or require photocopies.

General Books

General Books

 

In order to provide you a broader and more comfortable reading environment, this area keeps a portion of rarely-used rental books. You may lend them out after applying for their retrieval from our search system.

The New Building

The New Building

 

The National Library of Public Information is the first library in Taiwan with a streamlined exterior design. The main building is oriented to the directions of the surrounding roads, and echoes with Taiwan's hydrological landscape in appearance. The curved and flowing walls are made of 8 kinds of stones in a mosaic pattern. Combined with the continuous horizontal window that resembles a corridor through space and time, as if the river of knowledge flows and converges here, emanating radiant rays of light under the sun.

Public Art

Public Art

 

Public art that incorporates architectural design principles, digital services, natural, and cultural images are set up inside and out of the library. In the plaza, "Read Happily - Unlimited - Big Future" by Mr. Zunzhi Yang demonstrates a futuristic handwriting, inviting the readers to bloom with knowledge. "Book of Brilliance" by Mr. Jiaqi's Lin has given chairs the appearance of books, integrating reading into the life of the general public. The piece "Contact", by Zongjie Li, that hangs in the 1F main hall are fingertips passing the light of knowledge. The piece is comprised of the numbers 0 and 1 as well as text symbols, symbolizing the transformation of the libraries from the traditional to the digital.

Pocket Park

Pocket Park

 

The corner zone has a pocket park. The area has a wooden walkway and seats, providing the readers with a corner to read and relax.

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