May 29, 2022

Overview: Acquisitions at the National Library of China

The latest issue of the  CDNLAO Newsletter (Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania) includes an article in English about the acquisitions process at the National Library of China.

The 1300 word article is organized into the following sections:

From the Overview Section:

The NLC hosts vast and comprehensive holdings, including extensive collections in foreign languages and many historical books. By 2013, the NLC’s collection totaled about 32,442,800 volumes and artifacts. It is renowned for its collection of ancient and rare materials. The NLC houses about 2,900,000 rare records.

The NLC comprehensively collects all available books in Chinese. The NLC also has special collections of manuscripts of notable authors, documents on revolutionary history and doctoral dissertations in China. It is also one of the depository libraries for publications of the United Nations and other international organizations as well as foreign governments. With the development of various new types of information media, the NLC has also begun collecting more electronic publications. By 2013, the NLC hosts a digital collection of 874.5TB of which 737.9TB is self-constructed.

Read the Complete Article: “Acquisition activities in the National Library of China

Note: If you’re unable to access the article direct from the National Diet Library in Japan, a copy is available via the Google cache.

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