Tag Archives: borrowing

Taipei, New Taipei libraries share resources to benefit cardholders

(5 February 201, TAIPEI (Taiwan News) Holders of library individual cards issued by either Taipei or New Taipei can now borrow books from libraries across the city limits after the two municipalities agreed to share library resources with each other. Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-chun (陳景峻) made the announcement during a press event on January […]


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Should campus libraries open to the public?

(11 January 2018) A recent regulation encouraging China’s libraries in universities and research institutes to open to the public stirred up heated debate among the public. The regulation is part of China’s newly adopted law on public libra­ries, which took effect on January 1, 2018. According to the latest statistics by the Ministry of Education, […]


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Ministry of Culture introduces details of China’s new national library law

(18 December 2017) Public libraries in China will no longer be able to charge fees for borrowing books starting 1 January 2018, according to a new law concerning public libraries introduced on 4 November. During the Ministry of Culture’s fourth quarter news conference on Thursday, Vice Minister Yang Zhijin said that the focus of the […]


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Borrow a book, buy it later if you like

(11 September 2017) Nine bookstores recently joined a book-sharing program in Hefei, Anhui province, China, after a trial that took place over a month and a half. That brings the total number of outlets to 10. With a smartphone application and a 99 yuan ($15) deposit, a reader can borrow up to two books from […]


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Shanghai phone booths get new literary lease of life

(20 August 2017) If you want something to read and you’re in Shanghai, look for the red telephone booths. They’re like the original UK telephone boxes but with a Chinese twist. 263 public telephone booths in Shanghai Xuhui district are to be turned into mini-libraries, according to the city government. Before the popularity of smart […]


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Readers borrow library books through WeChat in Hangzhou

(9 December 2016) In Hangzhou, southern China’s Zhejiang province, borrowing books from the library is now as simple and convenient as shopping online: click, pay and wait for delivery. The city’s public library recently launched a program on WeChat, a popular Chinese messaging software, enabling its readers to check out books online and get them […]


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Fewer university students use libraries in Korea

(7 March 2016) The latest statistics from Korea show that an increasing number of university students rely more on the internet than university libraries to do research and access books. According to a report on students’ usage of libraries by the Korea Education & Research Information Service, students borrowed 7.4 books per person on average […]


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LegCo Secretariat releases Research Brief on Challenges of Public Libraries in Hong Kong

(29 February 2016) The following is issued on behalf of the Legislative Council Secretariat: The Legislative Council Secretariat (the Secretariat) today (February 29) released a Research Brief on Challenges of Public Libraries in Hong Kong. Public libraries provide an important channel for the public to have free access to information and knowledge. In Hong Kong, […]


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Library use up in Taipei in 2015

11 February 2016, Taipei, CNA) Libraries are continuing to draw users in Taipei, even in an age where information is instantly available at the press of a button. Taiwan’s capital actually saw an increase in the number of books lent out in 2015, with Taipei residents on average checking out 5.1 books per year from […]


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ALA honors international innovators from Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and Canada

(6 October 2015)  The American Library Association  Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an initiative of Loriene Roy, 2007–2008 ALA president. Since its inception, 34 groups have been recognized. Earlier this year, ALA President Courtney L. Young, with support from the International Relations Round Table Advisory Award Committee, honored four libraries with […]


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E-books click with more library users

(13 July 2015) More readers in Singapore are borrowing electronic books, or eBooks, from libraries, with mobile devices making it easy to read while on the go. As a result, the number of eBooks borrowed has almost quadrupled in the past five years. Eleven million were borrowed last year, compared with three million in 2009, […]


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Australia’s favourite library books

(25 May 2015, Canberra) Thrillers, crime, humour, fantasy, science fiction, cookery, biography and contemporary literature all featured in the lists of Australia’s most borrowed library books for the first quarter of 2015, announced today by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), at the start of Library and Information Week (25-31 May). Library and Information […]


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Borrow more for longer at La Trobe University Library

(14 January 2014)  How many books and DVDs can your higher degree students borrow? 30, 40? How about staff? The librarians at La Trobe University, Australia, have increased the number and time for borrowing. The new numbers are here.


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