Handan Library was built in the 50s, its predecessor was cultural center library. It was denominated Handan Library in June, 1978,and the library moved toNo. 98 RenMin Roadin 1982, with an area of 6000 square meters, it was dismantled in July 2009, then, on September 9, 2009 the construction of the new Handan Library begains, and it was officially opened on September 16, 2014.
The new Handan Library is known as “A beautiful jade in the city”, it was located on the east side of Handan Culture andArtsCenter, the construction area is 30463 square meters, and the usable floor area is 27500 square meters. It contains 8 public service windows, such as, Literature Reading Room, Social Science Reading Room and the Natural Science Reading Room, Periodical Reading Room, Back Issue Reading Room, the Parents and Children's reading room, Ancient Literature Reading Room, the Local Literature Reading Room, Government Information Reading Room, Reference Books Reading Room, and so on. The library owes more than 1000 seats for readers. All the books and periodicals are on open-shelves. At the same time, Handan Library provides information consulting service, document copying service, literature searching service. There are more than 1000 network nodes in the library, which makes a complete coverage of the Wi-Fi network within the library. Equipped with the exhibition hall, multi-function hall, Handan Library conducts multi-level cultural services for the citizens.
Handan Library comprises more than 50 volumes , subscribing to more than 1300 kinds of newspaper. Characteristic library collections are: some books in the Qing Dynasty ;Copies of 《Si Ku Quan Shu》, 《Yong Le Da Dian》,《Gu Jin Tu Shu Ji Cheng》,and some thread-bound local chronicles. The People's Daily from 1946 to the present collection, copies of journal《Shen Bao》from 1919 to 1949. Handan Library also collects local literature that published by the native authors of Handan, the content involved in all aspects of social life, such as, city politics, economy, culture, history, science and technology and so on, there are more than 1200 kinds of monographs, literature works and essays. Handan Library owns a high standard of digital library (www.sztsg.net), which contains ten thousand square data. There are four data repositories, such as, TsingHuatongfang online library (CNKI), Founder, Superstar electronics online library and Superstar reading show retrieval platform. There are more than 7000 kinds of digital journals, 200000 copies of electronic books for readers to query and download for free.
The new Handan Library implements the automation and intelligence, network and digital library service. The advanced technique radio frequency identification (RFID) is used in service management, which helps the self-registration, automatic query, self-help borrowing services. Both the electronic touch screens for reading newspapers, and the electronic books reading machines bring you a variety of reading experiences. Complete coverage of wireless network, allows you to enjoy high speed network anytime and anywhere within the library. The library sets the 24 hour blocks self-service library, and develops Handan Library App, which makes the readers renew and query books or manage other services on the app.
Since opening, Handan Library sticks to official duty, keeps innovating, strengthen the publicity of the World Reading Day, weekly library services, citizen reading month. We regularly organize public lectures, children’s picture book story, English Corner, recommendation of new books and so on, we have created a series of brand reading activities, such as: Handan children’s reading activities, living library reading activities, Mummy(Daddy) Tell Me A Story, the classics reading activity, the Spring Festival Couplets Collecting activity and so on, these activities have attracted many citizens to take part in the activities and sit down in the reading room to read books.
As a public culture service window and public knowledge center, Handan Library adhering to the concept of equality, free, and open to all the users, providing books circulation services, query of digital resources, reference consultation, public lectures and other cultural services. As a center library, Handan Library plays an important role in integrating all the library resources inHandan, through library resources sharing, Handan Library leads all the county libraries to provide abundant book resources for readers. Handan Library has made due contributions for building the livable、enjoyable and prosperous Handan!