May 28, 2022

South Korea: The National Library of Korea’s Collection Reaches 10 Million Items

From Korea JoongAng Daily

The National Library of Korea has become the first institution of its kind in the country to amass 10 million books as part of its collection, its officials announced on Wednesday.

The library has come a long way since its initial years in the early 1920s. It traces its roots to the Library of the Japanese Government-General of Korea, which opened in 1923 during Japan’s colonial rule of Korea between 1910 and 1945.


The library is also the 15th in the world to amass a collection of 10 million books, the officials said.


Using the Austria-made digitalization robot the library has adopted, it costs about 100,000 won ($91.58) to digitalize just one book, according to Lim. Nonetheless, the library’s budget for digitalization has been slashed this year to 2.1 billion won from last year’s 2.8 billion won, according to insiders.

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See Also: National Library of Korea English-Language Homepage

See Also: Official Milestone Announcement (in Korean) ||| Google Translation

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