The Guangzhou Library, established by the Guangzhou Municipal Government (GMG), was created for the benefit of the public’s welfare, and to serve as a cultural and educational institution. The Library’s services are based on collecting, organizing, and housing all categories of written knowledge and information including paper-based materials, audio-visual materials, and digital materials. The library offers lending materials, reference and information services, exhibitions and lectures, art appreciation, cultural exhibits, Internet services, public education services, research, and spaces for communication.
The new Guangzhou Library is situated on the banks of the Pearl River on Flower City Square and on Guangzhou’s new central axis. The square is the GMG’s effort to create a city “living room”. The Library is the “cultural window” of the city’s “living room”. The new library uses “Beautiful Books” as the design concept, and the placement of the structure is based on the city’s new central axis. Taken from east to west, the elegant design of the north and south towers bares a resemblance to the Chinese character “之”. The cascading style of the “books” on the exterior is representative of the overlap of history and culture. At the same time, the design integrates the typical architectural concept of arcade, and embodies elements of Lingnan art.
The new Guangzhou Library covers a gross area of 100 thousand square kilometers and holds 3.82 million books（Guangzhou Library has 5.26 million books in all）. It provides 4 thousand seats and 500 computers for readers to use. There are 4 thousand Internet nodes in the new Guangzhou Library and the wifi service is available in the whole building. Services provided will include the lending and housing of materials and reference services. Equipped with RFID technology, an automatic sorting system and various other electronic self-service devices, the new library will optimize its collection management practices and provide fast and convenient services. Additionally, the new facility is functionally divided into different service areas, which include general services, targeted services, special topic services, communication and exchange activities, and collection services. The new library is characterized by its distinct combination of contemporary and traditional Lingnan design. It will undoubtedly rank among the best domestic public libraries. It will be one of the most automated and open facilities, it will be convenient for patrons, and it will offer one of the largest domestic collections.
The Digital New Library
surface area: 100,000 square meters
collection: 4.00 million volumes (total GZ Library collection: 5.74 million items)
public use computers: 500
wired Internet connections: 4,000
wireless coverage area: 100%
volumes 3.38 million
children’s books 502,000
rare books 7,321
Braille books 3,586
A-V materials 478,000
bound newspapers & periodicals 140,000
newspapers & periodicals 4,868
dissertations: 2.13 million
conference papers: 4.51 million
multimedia (audio-visual): 68,000
Opening hour: 9am – 9pm, closed on Wednesdays
Address: No. 4 Zhujiang East Road, Zhujiang New Town (new site)
Transportation: Bus 886, 668A, 293, 40, 407
Guangzhou Metro: Line 3 and Line 5 Zhujiang New Town Station, Exit B1
Shuttle bus: from old library at 9am, 11am, 2pm and 4pm.
from new library at 10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5:10pm