A short Trip visiting Guangzhou Libraries (2-4 July, 2004)

The Guangzhou trip of visiting South China University of Technology Library (華南理工大學圖書館), South China Normal University Library (華南師範大學圖書館), Sun Yat-Sen Library of Guangdong Province (廣東省中山圖書館), Guangzhou City Library (廣州圖書館) and Sun Yat-sen University Libraries, Medical Branch (中山大學醫科圖書館) was held on 2-4 July 2004. There were a total of 26 participants which included HKLA members, student members and member’s family.

 

The First Day of Guangzhou Trip

On the first day, we visited The Library of South China Technology University in morning session and the Library of South China Technology University in afternoon session. Two libraries are located in a beautiful campus. We were given a brief introduction on the library current developments, services and collections in a conference room first. Then, we were given a floor-to-floor tour to different service units and facilities.

 

a. The Visit to The Library of South China Technology University

The Library of South China Technology University was built in 1952. Now, it is one of the most prominent libraries under National Science and Technology Higher Education Project 211. The library has four floors with built area of 24,000 square meters. A library branch is locating in the northern campus with built area of about 600 square meters. The library has a total

of 12 multi-purposed reading rooms and 900 seats.

 

The library holds a rich collection of books, mainly in Engineering, Technology and Science. There are a total of 1,560,000 volumes and 270,000 Chinese bounded periodicals. A total of 45,000 items including microfilms, video-audio and electronic resources. An annual acquisition of Chinese and Western periodicals can be about 3,000 titles. The library has a total of 125 staff. 

 

We were invited to have lunch with the Librarian, Prof. Lou, Hongqing (樓宏青教授), and her staff in the western restaurant of South China Technology University after the visit. We enjoyed a delicious lunch together. At the same time, we had a good sharing among library staff. A link to the webpage of the library is available at http://www.scut.edu.cn.

 

 

b. The Visit to The Library of South China Normal University

The Library of South China Normal University is about fifteen minutes walk away from the Library of South China Technology University. We visited it after the lunch. The Librarian, Prof. Zhu, Jianliang (朱建亮教授), and his staff gave us a warm welcome with an electronic welcomed banner at the entrance of the library. The vice chancellor of the

University and the librarian addressed a brief introduction to members on their current developments in a conference room.

 

The library was built in 1933. Now, the library is a one of the most prominent libraries under National Science and Technology Higher Education Project 211. The library has a built area of 8,358 square meters and 1,100 seats. It holds 19,300,000 volumes of books and 2,400,000 volumes of Chinese periodicals. Video-audio items are about 3,000. The library has its characteristic depository of full text doctorial thesis, education reference materials and raw book database. These electronic resources have been opened to patrons since 2002. They can be accessed via the library catalogue. A link to the webpage of the library is available at http://lib.scnu.edu.cn/.

We were invited to have dinner with the Librarian, Prof. Zhu, Jianliang (朱建亮教授), and his staff in a Chinese restaurant near the campus of South China Normal University. We enjoyed a delicious dinner and a pleasant time to share each other. Afterwards, we managed to have one-hour shopping in Guangzhou Book City. Members had a pleasant shopping and purchased lots of their favorites.

 

The Second Day of Guangzhou Trip

On the second day, we visited Sun Yat-Sen Library of Guangdong Province and the Guangzhou City Library in morning session. We visited Sun Yat-Sen University Library Medical branch in afternoon session. We went sightseeing in The Chen Family Temple (陳家祠) after the visits.

 

 

a. The Visit to Sun Yat-Sen Library of Guangdong Province

 

The library staff gave us a warm welcome at the library entrance. The beautiful wall pictures of the library attracted us most. First, we were given a brief introduction about the library’s current development in a conference room. Then, a floor-to-floor tour was given to various library units.

 

Sun Yat-Sen Library of Guangdong Province was built in 1912. It is a prominent province public library in leading other pubic libraries. The library has 20 various reading rooms. Its total collection is about 3,850,000 volumes. Its depository includes 385,000 raw books, 90,000 titles of localised names and geographic, 900 titles of Modern and Traditional Geographic. A daily of 6,000 to 8,000 patrons visiting the library are recorded. It opens for 13.5 hours daily and 84.5 hours a week. Its open hours were rewarded as “Number One” in Guangdong Province.

 

The comprehensive library services impressed us most. Besides providing general library services to the community, the library has been developed to as a research and study centre in Guangdong Province. A webpage of “Online Q&A” for meeting patrons’ problems on study and research was demonstrated. The depository of cultural database and old

newspaper in full text database were displayed also. All of these impressed us most. A link to the webpage of the library is available at http://www.zslib.com.cn/.

 

 

b. The Visit to Guangzhou City Library

Guangzhou City Library is a comprehensive public library, which was opened on 2 January, 1982. It has a built area of 16,000 square meters. It opens 6 days a week (72 hours), including weekends and holidays. It has 11 reading rooms where materials vary from Chinese books, periodicals, to foreign books. Up till now, Guangzhou Library holds a rich collection over 2,000,000 volumes. It has preliminarily formed its own characteristics of resources including various materials about Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao and Guangzhou.

 

Patrons freely access to all the loaning sections and reading rooms. The library serves over 2,000,000 readers every year. To enhance its services, a mobile library with the most advanced equipment in China has been set up. With joint cooperation with government, army, business associations and residence communities, 7 joint libraries and 13 books circulation stops have been established. Its readers cover all the urban and suburban areas.

 

Guangzhou City Library is to serve every patron from different roots of the community. Also, its services reach to the disables and elders by out-reaching activates. This outstanding service fills the gap of other public libraries. Furthermore, the efficient usage of library space by setting up two decks of book shelf impressed us most. The furniture is tailor made to provide readers with a comfortable reading and studying environment. We were invited to have lunch with the Library Director, Mr. Hui Deyi, and her staff in Brazil BBQ restaurant. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and had a good sharing among library staff. A link to the webpage of the library is available at http://www.gzlib.gov.cn/.

 

c. Sightseeing in The Chen Family Temple

 

 

After the visit, we went sightseeing in The Chen Family Temple. It also known as Guangdong Folk Art Museum, was built in the 1890s. There are nine halls and six courtyards. Its windows, door frames, and pavilions are lavishly decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures. It is now the largest and best preserved and decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province.

 

The decoration combines wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, clay sculpture, ash sculpture, brass and iron foundry, grotto, new year painting, and other art forms. The special historical, artistic, and scientific aspects of the temple have made it an important attraction in Guangzhou. We had an enjoyable time and tour.

The Chen Family Temple 

 

 

d. The Visit to Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences Library

The University Librarian, Prof. Cheng, Huanwen (程煥文教授), and the Medical Librarian, Zhou Xuyu gave us a very warm welcome. We were given a floor- to-floor tour of the Medical Library after a brief introduction. The Main Library was under renovation so we could not visit it in this Guangzhou trip.

Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences Library has a long history of over 100 years as the University does. In 1953, the medical libraries of Zhongshan University, Lingnan University and Guanghua Medical College were merged into Zhongshan Medical College Library. This name was given to the present one since 1985.

 

The library has a scale of 7400 square meters in size and has a collection of 250,000 books and 150,000 volumes of journals, of which, 75% are biomedical subjects. It houses 1,100 serial titles in Chinese and 850 in foreign languages including 27 titles of main Chinese and foreign abstract or index journals, enjoying a good reputation for its rich collection in south China. Being the centre in Guangdong provincial medical literature, the Library has installed with the computer integrated system for library management,

thus the acquisition of books and serials, cataloging and circulation are done by the computers since 1995. A link to the webpage of the library is available at http://library.gzsums.edu.cn/e-home1.htm

 

 

On the third morning, we went sightseeing in The Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King (西漢南越王墓博物館) and Zhenhai Lou Museum (鎮海博物館). We found that the historical thumb at The Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King was very attractive. We had a good time. Members visited a traditional Chinese garden (餘蔭山房) in Pangyu after the lunch. Some members tried delicious desserts in the Garden.

 

The Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King

Zhenhai Lou Museum

Zhenhai Lou Museum

 

All in all, we had a good time of visiting different types of libraries, purchasing some books from the Guangzhou Book City, visiting outstanding museums and enjoying some Chinese great cuisine. The visit ended with cheerful photos, as well as, HKLA President, Dr. Ferguson, had presented souvenirs to the librarians to thank you their warm hospitality.