Tag Archives: Korea

Korea: Public museums, libraries reopen with safety measures

(22 Jul 2020)  Many public libraries, museums and art galleries in South Korea reopened their doors to the public on Wednesday amid signs of a slowdown in COVID-19 infections. The National Museum of Korea (NMK), the National Library of Korea and other cultural venues under the central government began accepting visitors, albeit with safety measures […]


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Korea: Ulsan library launches book-buying program

(8 May 2020) Korea’s southeastern port city of Ulsan said Thursday it will carry out a project to pay back the price of books purchased by citizens to promote reading. Citizens who buy a book, read it and then donate it to the Ulsan Metropolitan Library within four weeks will get their money back. Each citizen […]


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National Library of Korea introduces enhanced online service amid coronavirus spread

(23 Mar 2020)  The National Library of Korea started providing its enhanced online service Digital Collection on Monday. “Digital Collection provides selected content curated by experts from different fields who also wrote commentaries. We hope that this cultural content can help people who are having a difficult time due to the delay of the new […]


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Korea: virus prompts libraries to adopt drive-thru book rental service

(6 Mar 2020) The Simin Municipal Library and the Busan Metropolitan Joongang Library in the southern port city of Busan said Friday that they will start the operation of drive-thru book rental and return service next week. People can make reservations for the books they wish to borrow using websites. When visitors drive cars along […]


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Korea: visits to National Digital Library surge as COVID-19 prompts closures nationwide

(5 Mar 2020)  From Korea: Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the number of people visiting the National Digital Library (NDL) – which operates under the auspices of the National Library of Korea (NLK) – has jumped by 176 percent. Korea Bizwire has more details here.  


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Korea: Incheon library introduces 24-hour book drive-thru service

(24 Dec 2019)  A “book drive-thru system” will be introduced in Incheon for the first time, allowing members to borrow or return books without having to leave the comfort of their car. The system, installed at Incheon Metropolitan City’s Michuhol Library, allows users to check out or return books while in a vehicle for those […]


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Seoul to open landmark library, concert hall by 2025

(12 Dec 2019) Seoul city on Thursday announced plans to open a new library and concert hall in areas of the capital that were previously considered underdeveloped and lacked cultural facilities. Under the plan, the city will pump in 387.8 billion won (US$325.6 million) to build a library in Dongdaemun ward in eastern Seoul and a […]


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Seoul to build five new municipal libraries

(13 Aug 2019)  The government of Seoul said Tuesday it will build five more municipal libraries across the city by 2025 to help reduce cultural infrastructure gaps among citizens. The five new libraries, each with a gross floor area of about 9,000 square meters, will be built in Naebalsan-dong of Gangseo Ward, Sillim-dong of Gwanak Ward, […]


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Korail launches new library cars on ‘Reading Train’

(17 Jul 2019)  The Gyeongui Jungang Line’s ‘Reading Train’ has recently gone through renovations and now comes with two library cars along with a new interior design. The Reading Train began operation in 2016 to promote a culture of book reading, supported by Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail), the city of Paju, and the Publication Industry […]


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International Broadcast Centre built for Pyeongchang 2018 to be taken over by National Library of Korea

(5 Mar 2019)  Plans have been officially confirmed for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) built for last year’s Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang to be turned into a national archive for the National Library of Korea. The national archives will store all periodicals and journals that are published in the country in order to preserve […]


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IFLA Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) Mid-Term Meeting 9-11 April 2018: Seoul

(26 April 2018) The RSCAO Mid Term Meeting was hosted by the National Library of Korea (NLK) and the Korean Library Association (KLA) from 9 to 11 April 2018 in Seoul, Korea, reports Dr. Nor Edzan Che Nasir. The Seminar for Cooperation with Libraries in Asia and Oceania with the theme Libraries for Transforming Local […]


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Asia and Oceania (RSCAO) Mid-Term Meeting & Seminar, Seoul, 9-11 April, 2018

(3 April 2018) The RSCAO Mid-term Meeting and Seminar 2018 will be held on 9-11 April 2018 in Seoul hosted by Korean Library Association (KLA) and National Library of Korea (NLK). Name of event : Seminar for Cooperation with Libraries in Asia and Oceania Date and time : 2018.4.11 (Wed) 13:30-18:00 Venue : The International Conference Room […]


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More than 13,000 images in architecture newly available

(13 March 2018) Artstor has released more than 13,000 new images in Architecture from leading scholars and institutions. This wide-ranging release includes surveys of historic and modern sites, including medieval mosques, restored church architecture in Mexico, Yanaka cemetery in Tokyo, and structures and sculptures along New York City’s High Line. Alka Patel and the University […]


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Asia Foundation announces YBM support to expand Let’s Read! in Asia

(19 December 2017) The Asia Foundation today announced a donation from one of Korea’s largest publishing and education companies, YBM, Inc., to expand the Foundation’s Let’s Read! digital libraries initiative. The regional platform brings open-sourced books in local languages to children in underserved communities in Asian countries, helping to improve access to books and literacy […]


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Nation’s first international-standard library complex opens in Hanoi

(20 November 2017) The 240 square meters-complex provides about 2,000 books in the Vietnamese, Korean and English languages. It was designed as a “tree of wishes” to attract children to a wide range of cultural activities, such as traditional instrument playing and film screens. “The co-operation between National Library of Vietnam and the Korean International […]


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