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First law on public libraries enacted

By Fang Aiqing | China Daily | Updated: 2018-01-02 08:04
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People visit the National Library of China in Beijing on April 23, the World Book and Copyright Day. [Photo provided to China Daily]

"However, the problems of uneven and insufficient development are still notable. And low efficiency is still widespread at the grassroots level."

The law will integrate public reading resources and extend them to rural areas.

Cloud computing, big data and other digital technology will be integrated into the library system to improve digital services, interlending and self-service options.

The government is responsible for constructing the public library service network.

It encourages such forms of social participation as fundraising, donating and volunteering.

The law also calls for enhanced cooperation between public libraries and those belonging to universities and research organizations. It also supports opening the latter to the public.

Supporting legislation related to book disposal is also being developed, while local rules are being improved, Zhang says.

The law also defines the National Library of China's functions, which include supporting and guiding public library systems' development.

The national library is improving archives of documents, the library's director Han Yongjin says.

Public libraries' collections are being made more accessible. And systems to collect and preserve literature from ancient China and the Republic of China period are being improved, Han says.

The National Library of China is preparing to build an international library alliance for countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative to provide resources and services for the construction of Chinese libraries overseas.

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