The former Shanghai Library in Yangpu District opened to the public in October for trial operations, and here’s what you are missing out on if you haven’t gone to check it out:
The library was originally part of the plans to bring the city government and major facilities into the area. In the early 1930s, Yangpu was envisioned as a new city center, complete with government buildings, a museum, a stadium, a hospital and TV and radio stations.
After renovation and expansion, the new library of Yangpu has a total area of more than 14,000 square meters. Among them, the renovation belongs to the “old Shanghai Library” with an area of 3,960 square meters and the expansion area is 10,192 square meters.
A number of cultural events will be held within the library, such as lectures, book clubs and small exhibitions.
The appearance of the library is old, but the inside is new, with digital lending and content.
#Hours: 9:00-18:00, closed every Friday morning.
#Rules: You can borrow maximum 10 books at one time and keep them for 28 days, and you have one chance to renew.
#Tips: Expats must bring their passport or residence permit to fill out an application form for a library card at either the Yangpu or Shanghai central branches, and pay a deposit of 100 rmb.