(24 Feb 2022) According to the latest data from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism [of Korea], 62 smart libraries built with the ministry budget were used more than 1.24 million times in 2020, up 62.6 percent from 776,850 in 2019.
“The demand for smart libraries is increasing every year,” said Kwon Tae-wook, a ministry official from the library policy planning division. “We believe these contact-free library services will increase even after the pandemic, so we plan to expand our support.”
The ministry plans to support the installation of 38 smart libraries this year, up from last year’s 32, increasing the total number of state-sponsored smart libraries to 132. The budget has also increased by 25 percent, according to Kwon.
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