Address: No. 10055, Renmin Street, Changchun
Zip code: 130022
The predecessor of Jilin provincial library was founded in 1909, the first year of Xuantong Administration of Qing Dynasty. It was in Jilin City, where Jilin government was located at that time. It went through the Republic of China period and the Manchukuo Period. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the capital of Jilin Province moved to Changchun in 1954, and in 1957, a new library was built in Changchun. Approved by the provincial government, the new library was named Jilin Provincial Library after completion in 1958, and structure and staffing were determined at the same time. In 1960, it was opened to the public for the first time. The construction project of the new Jilin Provincial Library kicked off in 2009 and on September 28, 2014, it was officially opened to the public. It was affiliated with Jilin Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism.
The new Library covers a total building area of 53713 square meters, with one underground story and five stories above the ground. It boasts a collection of 5 million books, 3000 reading chairs, 4000 network terminals and an average daily reception capacity of 6000 readers. At present, Jilin Provincial Library has more than 3 million volumes of books and massive digital literature information resources, covering a comprehensive range of disciplines, involving Chinese, English, Japanese, Russian and other languages. Among them, there are 430,000 volumes of ancient thread-bound books, including the rarely seen Buddhist Scriptures handwritten by people in Tang Dynasty, block-printed books and manuscripts of Song, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties, and famous scholars' proofreading and inscriptions. 120,000 books of the Republic of China period and 50,000 books of the Manchukuo period are of great historical value.
As a comprehensive large-scale public library, Jilin Provincial Library serves as a center for literature collection and information services, a center for procurement and cataloguing of literature materials, a center for information network construction, a center for sharing literature resources, a center for coordination among libraries and a center for academic research exchange.