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Xiamen Municipal Library & how to use libraries in Xiamen

Updated: 2012-02-17
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 Xiamen Municipal Library, Xiamen main library 
  
The city of Xiamen has many public facilities, urban parks, sports facilities, libraries, and many others. Most of them are well planned and constructed, they are free to the public. Xiamen libraries are some of them. 
 
 
Founded in 1919, the Xiamen Municipal Library has a history of nearly one hundred years. The original location was at Gongyuan Nan Road, donated by Mr. Yang Yiyao who later moved to Hong Kong.
 
On March 1, 2007, the library was relocated to its current location at the Xiamen Culture and Arts Centre on Tiyu Road. The new site was transformed from an old plant owned by the Xiamen Engineering Machinery Factory.
 
As a comprehensive public library, the Xiamen Municipal Library has a total floor area of 25,732 square meters and has a collection of 1.55 million literatures, 80,000 e-books, 33 databases, and 1.2T of video materials. It provides 1560 seats and 1450 network nodes. The daily reception capability reaches 4000 readers.
 
The library is open all year round and 76 hours a week, providing the public with book lending, reading, literature search, guided reading, reference & consulting,, and other services. There are other special services including book lending for children, IT experience, digital documents reading and handicapped people reading, and many more.
 
The library is spacious and has two floors with each at 6000 square meters. There is a courtyard on the ground floor with green plants and cozy chairs, providing readers fresh air after hours of reading.
 
 The second floor is the reading area where the  
books are not allowed to be loaned or taken out
 
On the ground floor is the general literature reading and lending area. You can find a literature books area, a social sciences newspaper & magazines area, a social sciences books area, a natural science newspaper & magazines area, a natural science books area, an IT experience area, and a children’s reading and lending area.
 
The second floor is the reading area where the books are not allowed to be loaned or taken out. You can find a reference books area, Fujian & Taiwan relations literature area, overseas Chinese literature area, foreign language literature area, local literature area, and other areas.
 
Besides the usual books, the Xiamen Library also offers a special on every Saturday, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. They show a free movie on the 2nd floor, sometimes a Chinese one or sometimes an English one.
 
Xiamen Municipal Library 厦门市图书馆
 
Main Library 主馆
Address: Xiamen Culture and Arts Centre, No. 95, Tiyu Road, Xiamen
Tel: 0592- 2665305
http://www.xmlib.net/index.asp
Bus: No. 8, 24, 73, 806, 54, 101, 506, 812, 86, get off at Wen Hua Yi Shu Zhong Xin (文化艺术中心站) bus stop
Opening hours: 8:30 – 20:00 every day, except Friday afternoon
 
 
Map of  the main library of Xiamen Municipal Library
     
Other libraries in Xiamen:
 
The Xiamen Municipal Library has 12 branches inside and outside the island of Xiamen. The Zhongshan branch is located in Gulangyu. Covering an area of 1600 square meters, it has nearly 20,000 volumes of book and 1000 kinds of newspaper and magazines. It focuses on art book collections.
 
1) Gongyuan Branch 公园分馆
Address: No. 2, Gongyuan Nan Road (next to Zhongshan Park), Xiamen
Tel: 0592-2665255
Bus: 3, 4, 8, 12, 18, 19, 21, 27, 32, 51, 67, get off at Zhongshan Gongyuan(中山公园) bus stop
Opening hours: 8:30 – 20:00 every day, except Friday afternoon
 
2) Gulangyu Zhongshan Branch 鼓浪屿中山分馆
Address: No. 2, Zhonghua Road, Gulangyu, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-2063604
Opening hours: 8:30 – 20:00 every day, except Friday afternoon
 
3) Xiamen Children's Library 厦门市少年儿童图书馆
 
Address: No. 140, Houdaixi Road, Siming District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-5825012
http://www.xmst.org
Opening hours:  Monday to Wednesday and Friday: 12:00 - 18:00; Thursday: 14:30 - 17:30; Saturday and Sunday: 8:00-18:15
Bus: No 1, 3, 18, 19, 21, 26, 28, 90, 102, 519, 527 get off at Wen Zao (文灶) or Jinbang Gongyuan(金榜公园) Bus Stop.
 
4) Xiamen University Library 厦门大学图书馆
Address: Xiamen University, No. 422, Siming Nan Road, Xiamen
Tel: 0592- 5506194
 
5) Huli District Library 厦门市湖里区图书馆
Address: No. 500, Hedong Road, Huli District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-5505161
 
6) Siming District Library 厦门市思明区图书馆
Address: No. 138, Hubin Nan Road, Xiwang Building, Siming District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-5862756
 
7) Jimei District Library 厦门市集美区图书馆
Address: No. 6, Jicen Road, Jimei District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-6680090
http://www.jmlib.cn/
Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00 every day, except Friday afternoon
 
8) Haicang District Library 厦门市海沧区图书馆
Address: No. 15, Binhu Bei Road, Haicang District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-6539179         6539180
 
9) Jimei District Children’s Library 厦门市集美区少年儿童图书馆
Address: No. 1, Jian Nan Road, Xinglin, Jimei District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-6685672
 
10) Tong’an District Library厦门市同安区图书馆
Address: No. 93, Cheng Xi Road, Tong’an District, Xiamen
Tel: 0592-7023033
 
The Xiamen libraries are free for reading without needing any cards. But if you want to borrow books you need to apply for a library card.
 
How to borrow books:
 
a) First, you need to apply for a personal library card. Xiamen residents who have a social security card can get access to the library without needing to apply for a library card. Go to the service center to add library card functions to your social security card.
 
b) Fill out application form at the service centre.
 
c) Show your ID card or passport or other valid certificates at the service center and pay 20 RMB once for the card.
 
d) Pay a deposit for the books you might borrow in the future. You can choose between 50, 100, 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000RMB deposit. If you pay a 100 RMB deposit you can only borrow books of a total value of 100 RMB. Of course you can always change the extent of your deposit.
 
e) Sign your name; get your card and the receipt for the deposit.
 
Lending regulation:
 
You can use your library card at the other two branches: Gongyuan Branch (at Zhongshan Park) and Gulangyu Branch (on Gulangyu).
 
You can keep borrowed materials for 21 days, but you can renew them for another 21 days ahead of time. A fine is imposed for over overdue materials and the amount of the fine is 0.1RMB per day for each book.
 
If you lose your card, you can reapply for a new one. Bring your receipt of the deposit and your ID card or passport to the library. However,  you need to pay 20RMB again for the new card.
 
If you don't need the card any more, you can return the card back to the library. Just bring your card, the receipt for the deposit, and your ID card or passport to the library and they will take the card back and return the deposit to you. (Before you return the card back to the library, you need to return the books you borrowed from the library first of course.)
 
SOURCE: WOX Info

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