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Dalian Library is a famous domestic and foreign library, and is founded in 1907. Its predecessor is “South Manchuria Railways Company Dalian Library” (SMR Dalian Library), which was renamed “Dalian Library” in 1981. As an important cultural front and service window, Dalian Library is the biggest literature information collecting and distributing center and social education center assembling literature collection, information consulting, social education and academic research. In the evaluations of public libraries organized by the Ministry of Culture, Dalian Library was awarded the “National-level Library” five times in a row since 1994, and with distinguished honor in the fifth evaluations of public libraries in 2013, it was entitled of the “Advanced Collective in the National Cultural System” by Ministry of Culture.

With its 110 years of history, Dalian Library is one of the earliest founded domestic modern libraries. The buildings of Dalian Library cover a construction area of 70,000 sq.m2 (Puwan New Library, which is currently under construction, has a construction area of 40,000 sq.m2). Dalian Library holds a total collection (including eBooks) of 7,206,000 items and 50TB of all kinds of digital resources. The library serves an annual circulation 2,180,000 visitors and 1,370,000 books. Among the ancient book collections, Fictions of Ming and Qing Dynasties, the collection of the South Manchuria Railways Company which is one of the world’s three historical materials and a great number of materials are unique items held nowhere but at Dalian Library. These items are renowned home and abroad for their rarity and value, and as many as 128 books are selected into the “Catalogue of National Rare Books in China”. Because of the spectacular success of the protection of ancient books, the library was entitled “National advanced unit in Ancient books Protection” by Ministry of Culture in 2014.

Dalian Library always gives first priority to readers’ supreme, service first, people oriented, public welfare, maximum openness and equal service and the library is open to the public 72 hours a week. Loan services have adopted RFID technology to enable self-service in the open-stack area. And in the outside of the library, 24-hour automatic library service machines provide all-weather loan services. Mobile bus library service points cover all of the districts.

To construct the urban service system of public culture, Dalian Digital Library “one-card-through” project was set up by Dalian Development and Reform Commission in 2004. The project has been officially launched since 2008, and now it covers 1 center library, 11 second level member libraries, 57 third level libraries and 109 fourth level libraries. By the end of year 2016, “one-card-through” system has coordinated 6,285,000 document items, 684,000 card holders, and reached a loaning amount of 7,149,000 items. The “one-card-through” system has achieved the integration of regional services of public libraries, the integration of regional information resources, the co-construction and sharing of literature resource and digital resource, it has accomplished coordinated loan and return service, enormously boosted the development of service level in Dalian region, and brought benefit to 6,900,000 citizens.

Based on the improvement of reader loaning services, Dalian Library takes several active parts in the services of orientation search, information consulting service, public enquiry of government affairs, document supply, editing of secondary and tertiary documents, substitute searches and translation services; and the library also provides reference services for all levels of government, Representatives of Two-session, educational institutions, research institutes, enterprises and institutions. The Library provides special groups with the services of telephone reservation and home delivery. The facilities of disabled access, wheelchairs, seats, baby carriage, listening and reading machine for the Blind and visually impaired, read magnifier, presbyopic glasses, and magnifier, have been adopted for readers’ convenience.

In order to diversify readers’ reading experience, and to guide the audiences to exert a subtle influence on the taste in music and art, Dalian Library opened Multimedia Reading Room · Music Library to offer various services of digital resources, internet browsing, multimedia technology application lecture, Chinese and overseas music books and periodicals reading, music and films appreciation, music lecture, VR making and experiencing and eBooks reading.

Dalian Library has launched social education to extend its services by establishing the first academy——Baiyun Academy in the libraries all over the country. Baiyun Academy has launched “Sinology Free School”, and held traditional culture lectures, exhibitions, classical poetry chant, and Dalian competition of making calligraphy of “Chun”. Baiyun Cultural brand Series was awarded the Stars Awards by Ministry of Culture in 2013, and Baiyun Academy was determined as one of the first “Fine Traditional Culture Education Practice Bases” by National Ancient Books Protection Center in 2014. 

Dalian Library is a carrier of urban history, a civilized window, a cultural scene and a highland of information, education, academic and talents. Dalian Library is known as the “Flag of Chinese Libraries” for its long history, abundant rare collections and efficient quality services, Dalian Library has been entitled “Readers’ Favorite Library” for years.

 
 
 
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