Kaoh­si­ung’s Main Public Li­brary tops ‘10 must visit’

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Kaoh­si­ung Main Public Li­brary has topped a list of “the 10 li­braries you must visit” in Tai­wan, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of an online sur­vey pub­lished Thurs­day.

The sur­vey, con­ducted by the Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion of the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan) be­tween June 10 and Sept. 30, asked re­spon­dents to choose their fa­vorite fa­cil­i­ties from a list of 68 li­braries around the coun­try.

Vot­ers were al­lowed to cast online bal­lots for three dif­fer­ent li­braries on the list from the same In­ter­net ac­count ev­ery day. The as­so­ci­a­tion did not say how many votes were cast.

The Kaoh­si­ung li­brary, which gar­nered more than 520,000 votes to win the honor, opened late last year and has no beams or col­umns be­cause of its sus­pended struc­ture de­sign, giv­ing it a trans­par­ent feel­ing. It is also the first li­brary in Tai­wan to have a theater.

A small li­brary run by the Chi­nese Di­etary Cul­ture Foun­da­tion in Taipei that houses 20,000 di­etary books took sec­ond place, and New Taipei City Li­brary, which pro­vides round-the-clock ser­vice, fin­ished third.

They were fol­lowed by Min Hsi­ung Li­brary in Chi­ayi County, which can ac­cess e-books on Taichung’s Na­tional Li­brary of Public In­for­ma­tion sys­tem, and Na­tional Cen­tral Li­brary, Providence Univer­sity’s Luk­ing Li­brary, the Kaoh­si­ung Literary Mu­seum li­brary and the Na­tional Taitung Univer­sity Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter.

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