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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

New Taipei City Library, Taiwan

Exterior of Library
Exterior of Library

Name of the Library: New Taipei City Library
Parent Organisation: New Taipei City Government

Street Address: No. 139, Guixing Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan
Postal Address: 22060
Telephone : (886)2-29537868
Web Address:
Library Email :
Type of Library : Central/ Main Library
Population served: 3,960,000
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 6,137M2
Date of Completion:10/5/2015
Architect: J.C. Yang Architect and Associates

Young people's area
Young people’s area

Designed as a big shelf with lots of books stacking together, New Taipei City Library Headquarters provides traditional library services and new technologies at the same time, and it’s also a diamond grade green building. Pioneering in serving 24 hours a day, the library is not only the new cultural landmark of New Taipei City, but also opens the new page in library serves. With the concept of “being considerate of all users,” the library is built under the principles of Universal Design. The library provides diverse reading spaces based on the needs of different kinds of readers, so that all the patrons can read in a friendly and comfortable environment, which makes them feel like reading at home.

Reading corner
Reading corner
  1. Services
    24 hour opening
    The library opens 24 hours a day, and the services won’t stop. The opening hour of New Taipei City Library Headquarters is the longest one among all the public libraries in Taiwan. The Self-checkout system at the 1st floor and the study room at the 4th floor are open 24 hours.The windows of the world—reading in the exotic atmosphere
    From the 5th floor to the 8th floor we prepare the reading corners decorated with exotic themes, such as Japanese Zen style, Bali style, Northern European style, Mediterranean style, and others. Through these windows, the library can extend to the world. Readers are encouraged to read without electronic devices and enjoy the happiness of reading.Pioneering in Universal Design, Reader-friendly library
    To meet the needs of different kinds of readers, the library is designed under the principle of Universal Design. Disabled readers, senior citizens and readers with special needs can read in a comfortable and convenient environment.Ready holds self-checkout services works 24/7
    The first 24-hour self-checkout system in Asia is now equipped in the library. With this system, readers can pick up books that they have placed holds on with their library cards on their own.

    Conserving the most amounts of periodicals in the public libraries in Taiwan
    We provide over 1,100 kinds of periodicals in different languages, thus to serve our patrons with the lasted information.
    A diamond- grade green building, an environment-protecting library.
    Constructed based on the 9 Indicators of green buildings, the library is a environmentally responsible architecture that built up with materials efficiency and wasted as little as possible.

  2. Opening Hours
    Monday to Sunday: the 1st floor and the 4th floor are open 24 hours a day; other floors are open from 8:30 to 21:00.
    The library is closed on national holidays and the last Thursday every month. The day before closure is closed at 21:00, and the day after closure is open at 8:30.
  3. Floor Plan
    B1-B3 Parking Garage
    1.Circulation Service、24 Hours Self-Checkout、24 Hours Self-Return、New Arrival、New Taipei City Gallery、Braille Materials Room、Multifunctional Area、Coffee Shop
    2.Periodicals & Newspapers、Bound Periodicals、Senior Citizens’ Resources
    3.Young Reader’s Area、Young Reader’s Storytelling Zone、Auditorium、Family Reading Area、Breastfeeding Room
    4. Study Room、Comics & Manga、New Taipei City District Resource Center、Sun Room
    5. Multimedia Area、Information Commons、Group Multimedia Area、Multimedia Classroom、Classroom、Audiovisual Room、Multifunction Room、Reading Corner(Northern European style)
    6. 800-999 Stacks、Reading Corner(British style, South French Cottage style, Bali style)
    7. 400-799 Stacks、Discussion Room、Reading Corner(Mediterranean style)
    8. 000-399 Stacks、Government Publications、Simplified Chinese Collection、Reading Corner(American style, Japanese Zen style)
    9. Reference、Western Publications and Multicultural Collection、Local Collection、Conference Room
    10. Administration office


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  •   2015 10 Libraries you must to visit in Taiwan
  •   Building Corban Footage Certificated BCFd Diamond Grade
    FIABCI-Taiwan Real Estate Excellence Award/ Planning & Design Excellence Award / Golden Quality Award
  •   Certificated Universal Design Library for the Public
    2015 IT Month Top 100 Innovative Products / Public Services Award
  • The Friendly Building Of Ministry Of The Interior .Republic Of China (Taiwan)
  •  The Healthy City And Age-Friendly City Innovation Results Award And Facilitating Healthy Award
  •  Taiwan’s top ten comfort building

National Library of Public Information, Taiwan

The view of National Library of Public Information
The view of National Library of Public Information

Name of the Library: National Library of Public Information
Parent Organisation: Ministry of Education

Street Address: No.100, Wuquan S. Rd., South Dist., Taichung City, Taiwan.
Postal Address: 40246
Telephone :+886-4-22625100
Web Address:
Library Email:

Type of Library: Central/ Main Library
Population served: 23,000,000
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 41,797
Date of Completion: 16/5/2012
Architect: J.J.Pan and Partners, Architects and Planners

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The National Library of Public Information was established on 1923, and it has been relocated and renamed three times. The main purpose of the library is to serve everyone, and the library provides a diverse service to suit all age group’s need. The library now embraces the digital era, combines virtual and physical spaces and resources, and provides service with an innovated way. The library moved to the new building on 3rd of June 2012, and changes the name on the 1st of January to 「The National Library of Public Information」. The NLPI is now a national library that can be enjoyed by the public on both physical and virtual environment. They can read, discover, relax, and achieve lifelong learning under the care of NLPI.

The genesis of the design is the decision to directly confront the challenges and opportunities presented by the dynamic nature of digital media. Inspirations for the massing concept include the Mobius strip and Klein bottle, both of which explore solid and void, form and formless.

In the interior, each floor’s spatial arrangement, color and furniture design takes its cue from the corresponding outside view – event, trunk, crown, the city skyline, and cloud. The result is clear differentiation of the various program areas while the building’s abundant glazing fosters an outside-in effect.

1F Digital Lobby: Designed as a space to feature the flow of information, the use of orange-red color symbolizes the energy of the crowd with the information desk as the focus.
The children learning area employs a forest and animal theme with colorful elements such as bookshelves that recall hedges to create a spatial experience.
2F Multimedia: Vertical wood arches and light pillar echo the tree trunks outside the windows
3F Periodicals: The tree crowns are transformed into bookshelves and furniture for reading, creating an atmosphere of being in the treetop.
4F Science and Technology: Taking its cue from the urban skyline, the bookshelves are staggered in height and feature brightly painted, lighting integrated display frames that evoke city lights through windows.
5F Humanities: The cloud-like curved white furniture echoes the blue sky above and is enhanced by the natural light filtered through the round skylights.

The Children’s Library
The Children’s Library

The building’s free-formed skin with its curved planes and organic tree trunk-shaped columns tested the limits of design and construction in Taiwan. Starting with the structural slanted columns and slab edges, then a series of zigzagging curtain wall sub-frames that approximates the final undulating surface, the skin’s design was conceived from the inside-out. Finally, a composite wall system with integrated EPS insulation that molds to the folding surfaces, which are then cladded with pearl-white round mosaic tiles of eight different sizes enabling the skin to achieve a monocoque appearance. Throughout the process, advanced 3D design software and several on-site mock-ups were utilized.

Specific examples of sustainable features include the curved exterior light-weight composite wall system with integrated insulation. The skylight and inclining windows in the reading area introduce natural light into the reading area effectively. The underground public reading room and the recessed volumes of the ground floor facilitate natural air convection.

The Innovated Facilities include Digital Experience Areas, Digital Leisure Center, Multi-Cultural Services, augmented reality(AR)for children reading, lucky books interactive passageway, interactive story room, RFID automatic book sorting system and colored book labels,  book-carrying robot – Bopi, Smart Book Shelf Window ,etc.
In Incorporating eReading@your library Program with e-Book Online Service, and Digital Resource Promotion Service, NLPI has been cooperating with different sectors/fields to help citizens in 24 remote and disadvantaged villages/towns to free use of technology and the Internet to engage in e-reading and life-long learning and the achievement of the project has been identified and highly appreciated. As a result, NLPI is planning to replicate the service mode of the project and expand the services to sustain this service in the future.



Awards, case studies, further information
1. Excellence in World Association of Chinese Architects Academic Award (2013)
2. Gold Award, The International Design Awards for Architecture (2012)
3. Innovative Design of the Year, The 10th Golden Torch Awards (2012)