Hualien is a vibrant town on the east coast of Taiwan. Usually it’s a base for tourists who want to discover the many scenic areas of the region, like the Taroko Gorge. We spent three days in the city, and by chance came upon one of the libraries located near the main station. Here is a link to the website dedicated to the libraries of the whole county.
The chief librarian soon came to us and very gently proposed a visit we had to shorten because of…the bus for Taroko Gorge. So this is a brief look at this library, and it certainly doesn’t reflect all the services it delivers to the patrons, especially regarding online resources. First the librarian explained us that the library is 30 years old. It’s really aging and a new building is on its way, I didn’t understand when the current collections will move to this new location.
It’s only possible in a few libraries in France, but here you can bring back your books 24 hours a day :
The entrance and periodical room, yes…the « V » is missing :
Zero floor, the study room :
Here is what a Dewey classification in traditional chinese looks like :
Second floor, the children’s room :
Since my speaking chinese is kind of catastrophic, and that the librarian’s english was barely better, we had a hard time to understand each other (and laughed a lot !), but this is what I understood with this taiwanese author : she’s giving lectures in all the libraries of Hualien County :
You are in Asia, so as in trains, hotels and many public areas, you can find free hot water to boil your tea :
Too bad we couldn’t visit this one in Taipei, we arrived too late :