National Library of China | Symbols of China

The National Library of China (NLC) serves as the repository of the nation’s publications. It Is Located in Beijing, China. The Library serves as a national bibliographic center, a national center for the preservation and conservation of ancient books, as well as the national museum of ancient books. With a collection of over 37 million items, it is one of the largest libraries in Asia and one of the largest in the world. It holds the largest collections of Chinese literature and historical documents in the world.

The NLC is open to the public 365 days a year, serving an average of 12,000 visitors per day. There are 25 reading rooms with more than 5,000 reading seats. The North Area of the main library is open from 9 am to 9 pm on weekdays, and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends. The South Area has been closed for renovation since May 2011. The Children’s Library and the Ancient Books Library are and closed on weekends, and open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays.


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