From the China Post:
Twelve public libraries in the country purchased a total of 270,000 new books in the last three years, which have been borrowed by more than 620,000 people — meaning each new book has been borrowed 2.3 times on average — said the Ministry of Education on Monday.
The ministry commissioned the National Central Library to carry out the four-year project in 2012 to expand book collections in national public libraries and improve service quality. Around NT$50 million [$1.54 million/USD] has been allocated to the project each year, said ministry officials.
The idea for the project was triggered by the need to address the lack of professional knowledge on how to select books in rural towns, as well as the need to expand the range of choices for new immigrants, said the Director-General of the National Central Library Tseng Shu-hsien.
According to the latest figures released by the MOE, of the 278,080 books in the resource centers’ collection, Chinese books account for 80 percent, while books in English and Southeast Asian languages consist of around 12 percent and eight percent, respectively.
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