(7 November 2015) Jiading Public Library said yesterday it is closing its doors to organized tour groups, after becoming inundated with visitors more interested in its modern architecture and stylish interior design than its reading and reference materials.
“This is a library, not a tourist attraction,” Chen Weijian, director of readers service at the library, told Shanghai Daily to explain the decision.
Designed by Taiwan-born Ray Chou it is a blend of the traditional jiangnan architectural style native to the Jiading area and contemporary lines, wood finishes, high ceilings, and elegant chairs and reading desks.
In 2013, it featured in United States-based Interior Design magazine’s 2013 Best of Year awards.
ShanghaiDaily.com has the full story by Chen Huizhi.