(23 December 2017) As the predecessor of the National Library of Vietnam, the Central
Public Library of Indochina was founded on November 29, 1917. Over the past century, the library has played a role in Vietnam’s development by guaranteeing people’s access to knowledge and protecting important national archives.
In the beginning, the National Library was modeled on French libraries, and was tasked with collecting the best books of literature, the arts, and science, as well as all documents about Indochina.
Between 1917 and 1954, the library amassed a huge collection of books and materials. After Hanoi was liberated in 1954, the library began imitating libraries in the Soviet Union, paid more attention to practical research, and began supporting library studies in Vietnam.
The National Library of Vietnam officially became a member of the World Digital Library on December 5th, 2012.
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