Library of Chinese Dietary Culture, Taiwan

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Name of the Library: Library of Chinese Dietary Culture
Parent Organisation: Mercuries Group

Street Address: No.145, Chien-Kuo N. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei City, TAIWAN
Postal Address: 10434
Telephone : +886-2-25031111 ext 5616-5622
Web Address:
Library Email:
Type of Library : Special Library
Population served: 23,000,000
Project Type:Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 210
Date of Completion: 8/11/1989
Architect: C.Y. LEE & Partners Architects / Planners, Yang Ying Fong’s sculpture

The Library Special Menus

 The Library was conceived in 1987 when its planning began, with formal public opening in 1989. Its establishment constitutes not only the first collection in the entire world of treasures of Chinese dietary culture, but its free service to the public also comprises the ideal long cherished by the Mercuries Group of serving the Community that had given it its prosperity.

During the initial stages when the Mercuries Building was being constructed, the company was already considering the establishment of a library devoted to Chinese traditional food culture and in the process consulted experts from many quarters. And in accordance with the desire of Chairman Mr. George, Chau-Shi, Wong to collect all such texts from the world over, after a period of two years’ planning, the Library was formally opened.

In order to promote Chinese food culture actively, the Mercuries Group decide to extend the scale of Library to be a Foundation. The Foundation of Chinese Dietary Culture was founded in 1989, the Library of Chinese Dietary Culture has been involved as part of Foundation. Nowadays, this Foundation is a private foundation for the research and transmission of Chinese food.

The Library Special Menus

Over the past several years, the Foundation has gradually taken shape, earning recognition from all social sectors. And from its actual implementation and activities, the Foundation has come to know that its work in some measure has contributed to promoting such awareness, and hopes with the help of scholars and through inter-disciplinary approach to lift research in dietary culture onto an academic level.

For this the Foundation has already sponsored several international conferences on Chinese Food Culture, and on Food and Beverage Management. It has also provided scholarship funds for M.A. and Ph.D. candidates working on related theses, assisted in the publication of related academic works, and published collected papers. Moreover, it has made available to the general public its library resources, its search and retrieve facilities as well as its library staff. Recently we have participated in all manner of scholarly activities in order to reach the goal of organizing and exchanging our resources.


1. 2015 The 10 Libraries You Must Visit in Taiwan
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National Central Library, Taiwan


National Library Exterior

Name of the Library: National Central Library
Parent Organisation: Ministry of Education

Street Address: No.20, Zhongshan S. Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City , Taiwan
Postal Address: 10001
Telephone :+886-2-23619132
Web Address:
Library Email:
Type of Library : Central/ Main
Population served:23,000,000
Project Type: Extension
Size (square metres):41494.95
Date of Completion:75/9/28
Architect: Sen-Tang Chen

One of the Library's reading rooms
One of the Library’s reading rooms

The National Central Library (NCL) is founded on 80 years of solid foundation. It carries in its bosom, since the Sung dynasty until today, more than 4.1 million items of rich library materials. It aims to fulfil her goals with the vision of being the center of “National culture knowledge and global Chinese resources preservation and service”. It hopes to become nationally, the only library that preserves the Chinese cultural classical works and library books and documents.

The object of its services includes the general public, academic researchers, government agencies and organizations at home and abroad, national librarians, publishing sector, international academic institutions and foreign scholars.

Services offered include “collection of library materials”, “reading materials advice,” “reading & promotion of special collections,” “digital information and video sharing,” “national library enterprise research and counselling,”  “cultural, educational and reading promotion activities,” “international cooperation and cultural exchange,” “Chinese Studies reading and cooperation promotion” and other related important undertakings.

With the hope to concretely promote the competitiveness of Chinese culture, foster reading literacy of the people by setting up global Chinese Studies stronghold, and effectively enhance the soft power of Taiwan’s pluralistic development, the NCL plans and implements the following five strategies: 1. “make good use of the new law, knowledge navigator,” 2. “Work together to reach professionalism,” 3. “Believe reading in making a happy Taiwan,” 4. “Face the world, promote the culture” and 5. “Make Taiwan knowledgeable, promote Chinese Studies globally.”

Locally join county and city governments to set up regional resource centers. On the international level, actively disseminate the quintessence of Chinese culture.

2014 Reading Festival
2014 Reading Festival

All the above initiatives in view of successfully opening a new road map towards the development of library enterprise in the 21st century, piloting readers to travel in the vast sea of books.
Each year the NCL offers more than 500 professional training courses and reading exhibitions and events; it also invites more than 400 scholars to give intriguing lectures, with over 200,000 people attending the events. It exerts its influence on culture, society, the economy, and technology. In addition, it instituted the Taiwan Reading Festival—the first event of its kind in the world. Every December publishers, artistic troupes, schools, libraries, and countless members of the public in Taiwan come together to celebrate this unique festival. At the same time, sales of publications in Taiwan increase, and reading habits are improved in the lives of the public.

The NCL has continued to improve its catalogue services, placing emphasis on e-book technology and leading the development of research in publications, academics, and reading. Other efforts include expanding service policies for readers, upgrading the functionality of information systems, re-creating the value of Chinese culture, and showing forth achievements in digital humanities. As a result, the staff works in unison, with a core concept that patrons are the most important. It strives to become one of the top libraries in the world. Moreover, it is a must-stop for Taiwan citizens and foreign scholars to gather information for research.


Minsyong County Library, Taiwan


Name of the Library: Minsyong County Library
Parent Organisation:Minsyong Township Office

Street Address: No.7, Wunhua Rd., Minsyong Township, Chiayi County 621, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Postal Address:62145
Telephone :+886-5-226-2015
Web Address:
Type of Library:Medium size town library
Population served:71948
Project Type:Refurbishment
Size (square metres) :2831 m2
Date of Completion:August, 2013
Architect:5F + 1 Basement

Minsyong County Library is located in the center of Minsyong County, which is only few minutes of walk from the train station. It has just benefited from a refurbishment that has been taken nearly two years to finish, and it reopened to the public in 2013. The Library encompasses five floors and one basement. Each floor has its own theme and served with purpose. The space of the Library is designed for multipurpose; the function is designed to cover all levels of age, and the interior design provides more sense of modernity, such as high ceiling and diamond shaped patterns on walls. Especially, during the evening, the Library becomes more attractive with LED lights on; it has become the landmark of Minsyong County and the symbol of its culture and spirit.

Apart from the upgrade of the building itself and the facilities, the Library has also demonstrated its abilities of launching activities. Minsyong Library has held various reading events that involve local residents to be engaged. Further, the Library utilizes its resources to hold many culture exhibitions and performances. It successfully employed the combination of computer tablets and electric resources to offer residents more information with quick access. Instead of traditional marketing, the Library takes the advantage of e-commercial to publicize its activities and performances. It vibrates the functions effectively over the traditional role of a library.

The vision of the Library is to create an image of the township that is cultural and scholarly. The Library not only provides a comfortable reading area for readers, but also integrates all sorts of resources to actively host the launch of various reading events for people. With these years’ constant efforts, the number speaks for itself. The amount of visitors to the Library is continuously on the rise, and the volumes of books and the number of borrowers increase strikingly. These achievements have definitely demonstrated the significance and the success of Minsyong Library.

Awards2014  The Excellent Library Award
2014  Green Building Award
2015  Ten Libraries you must visit in Taiwan
2015  The Annual Library Award
2015  The Excellent Library Award