Shanghai Public Libraries March Into the Twenty–First Century

  • Wang Lili


Public Library service in Shanghai has made tremendous achievements, especially in networking development, since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. This article reviews the history of the library services; the newly–built Shanghai Library, second–largest library in China; the development of the three–level (municipal, district or country, and street or town) public library; and children’s library systems. The Shanghai Library has been moving swiftly towards the twenty–first century.

Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949, many changes have taken place for public libraries. Successes have been scored in developing public libraries, and in providing social education or services in politics, economics, scientific research, and culture, especially in the establishment of the three–level network of public libraries in the Shanghai region. This paper will describe the newly–built Shanghai Library and the development of a three–level network of public libraries to meet the challenge of the next century.

Author Biography

Wang Lili
Wang Lili is Associate Research Librarian and Section Chief, Management and Administration, Shanghai Library, People’s Republic of China.