Self-ser­vice li­braries now in Bei­jing

Self-ser­vice li­braries pop up around Bei­jing’s Chaoyang dis­trict

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

The govern­ment of Bei­jing’s Chaoyang dis­trict had opened eight self-ser­vice li­braries by the end of last year, form­ing the largest group of such pub­lic li­braries in the cap­i­tal city. The eight li­braries, which are mainly lo­cated in Chaoyang’s com­mer­cial and cul­tural zones, have en­tered Bei­jing’s pub­lic li­brary ser­vice sys­tem. Read­ers can bor­row books from and read books in these li­braries for free. They are able to re­turn their bor­rowed books at any of the eight li­braries, as well as other pub­lic li­braries in the dis­trict.

The li­braries cover a com­bined area of more than 40,000 square me­ters and pro­vide a to­tal of 30,000 books, as well as sim­ple read­ing ar­eas.

One of them is in the Bei­jing Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal East Branch, the first pub­lic li­brary to open in a hos­pi­tal in China. An­other at Zuo­ji­azhuang is equipped with spe­cial fa­cil­i­ties for vis­ually im­paired peo­ple.

Li Kai, cu­ra­tor of Chaoyang Li­brary, said the self-ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties al­low peo­ple to take part in run­ning them, and make it eas­ier to bor­row and re­turn books.

“The city is lack­ing in pub­lic read­ing spa­ces. The pur­pose of build­ing these li­braries is to not only in­spire but also gather the peo­ple,” he said.

Li said that Chaoyang dis­trict will build more of these li­braries and stock books ac­cord­ing to read­ers’ needs.

PHO­TOS BY WANG JING / CHINA DAILY

Liangyue self-ser­vice li­brary in Langyuan Vin­tage res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity in Chaoyang dis­trict of Bei­jing is open to the pub­lic 24/7.

A pe­di­a­tri­cian from the Bei­jing Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal East Branch reads a story book to a child pa­tient at the self-ser­vice li­brary lo­cated in the hos­pi­tal in Chaoyang on Jan 3.

A reader se­lects a book at Liangyue self-ser­vice li­brary in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict in Chaoyang on Jan 3.

Two read­ers talk about a book at Chen­bing self-ser­vice li­brary in Dong­daqiao on Jan 5.

A reader chooses an e-book at Meng­gong­fang self-ser­vice li­brary in Xibahe on Jan 3.

Peo­ple read books at a self-ser­vice li­brary in San­l­i­tun on Jan 3.

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