Nanjing Library (NL) [南京图书馆]

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  • Address:189 Zhongshan Donglu, Nanjing
  • Getting there: Take bus 29,44,65,95,304,tour1,tour2 to Zongtongfu stop
  • Contact: 025 8435 6000  
  • Opening hours: Opens at 09:00; Closing times vary according to se
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Nanjing Library, NL, is Jiangsu provincial public library, as well as one of the first-class libraries named by the Ministry of Culture. Established in 1907, it's the oldest public library in China and served as the national central library during the Republic of China. As of 2006, the library ranked number 3 of all libraries in China.

As a main storeroom for literary heritage of Jiangsu province and the whole country at large, NL houses more than 8-million collection volumes of which 1.6 million are considered ancient books, 100,000 volumes of rare Chinese books almost covering the full timeline of book history beginning with a Buddhist manuscripts of the Tang Dynasty ap...

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