From 'Book Collection House' to Open Library: New Impression of Public Libraries in Shanghai, China


Xue-Ming Bao

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Shanghai public libraries have experienced rapid development in the last ten years. The city has a network of four levels of public libraries with the Shanghai Library as a world-class model. Shanghai's district/county and street neighborhood/township public libraries, and residential community/village reading rooms play an important role in reaching out to the people. The "Book Collection House" mindset of library professionals has been transformed to that of professionals who believe in user-centered and service-oriented open libraries.