Famous Libraries and Book Bars in Beijing

Famous Libraries in Beijing

National Library of China, National Digital Library of China

It was established in 1909 under the name Jingshi Library.  It was located beside the Purple Bamboo Garden in Haidian District.  It was completely rebuilt in 1987 and took its present name in 1998.  In terms of its collection and staff size, this is the largest one in Asia and is also one of the largest libraries in the world.  It also has the largest collection of foreign books in China.

As one of the most famous libraries in Beijing, it has two branches--the General Library and the Ancient Books Library, also called Wenjinjie Library.  It has a total area of about 170,000 square meters and a collection of more than 23 million volumes.
Feature Categories: Ancient Books and Inscriptions, Historical Literature, Rare Manuscripts, and Minority Literature.

 Zhongguancun Branch
Address: 33, South Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District
Operating Time: Southern Area—09:00-17:00    
Northern Area—09:00-21:00(Monday-Friday), 09:00-17:00(Saturday-Sunday)
Tele: 8610-88545426, 88545360
 Wenjinjie Branch
Address: 7, Wenjin Street, Xicheng District
Operating Time: 09:00-17:00
Tele: 8610-88003091

Capital Library

This library in Beijing was formerly known as the combination of Jingshi Library Branch, Jingshi Tongsu Library and Central Park Reading Institute, separately built in June 1913, October 1913 and August 1917. It was completely rebuilt in 2001 and formally opened to the public in 2003. Its collection totals 3.5 million volumes and it attracts more that 1.5 million visitors annually. It also stages more than two hundred lectures and exhibitions every year.  
Feature Categories: Drama, Historical Materials, Art
Address: 88 South Dongsanhuan Rd, Chaoyang District
Operating Time: 09:00-19:30

Dongcheng District Library

Feature Categories: Costume Materials
 Dongdajie Branch
Address: 85, East Street, Jiaodaokou, Dongcheng District
Operating Time: 09:00-20:00 (Tuesday-Thursday), 09:00-17:00 (Friday-Monday)
 Xihuashi Branch
Address: 113 Xihuashi Street, Dongcheng District
Operating Time: 09:00-17:00(Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday)

Xicheng District Library

 Guangping Hutong Branch
Feature Categories: Tourism, Music, Ancient Books, Local Literature
Address: 26, Houguangping Hutong, Xicheng District
Operating Time: 14:00-20:30 (Monday), 09:00-20:30 (Tuesday-Thursday), 09:00-17:30 (Friday-Sunday)
Jiaozi Hutong Branch
Feature Categories: Xuannan Local Culture, Dinning Cultural, Medical Material
Address: 8, Jiaozi Hutong, Xicheng District
Operating Time: 09:00-18:00 (Monday-Friday), 08:30-18:00 (Saturday-Sunday)

Chaoyang District Library

Feature Categories: Law Material, Braille Books
Address: 17, Jintai Rd, Chaoyang District
Operating Time: 09:00-19:00

Haidian District Library

Feature Categories: Science, Decorate, Art
Address: 2-4F/C, Haixing Building, 16, Danleng Street, Haidian District
Operating Time: 08:00-18:00 (Monday-Friday, closed on the afternoon of Tuesday), 09:00-16:00 (Saturday- Sunday)

Fengtai District Library

Feature Categories: Literature Book
Address: 13 North Street, Fengtai District
Operating Time: 08:30-19:00 (Tuesday-Friday), 09:00-17:00 (Saturday-Monday)

Famous book bars in Beijing

Trends Lounge

Trends Lounge is a bookstore-café which is sure to catch your eye with its sleek curves and spirals in fresh whites and greens. The expansive layout yields plenty of comfy nooks for face time over coffee or an afternoon of reading. You can find lots of English-language magazines and books in this book bar.
Add.: L214, 2/F, Trends Bilding, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District
Operating Time: 10:00-22:00
Tel: 010-65871998

San Wei Shu Wu

Add.: 20, Fuxingmennei Street, Xicheng District
Operating Time: 12:30-21:00

KOSMO Book Bar

Add.: 225, Chaoyangmennei Dajie, Dongcheng District
Operating Time: 10:00-23:00

Xiaoxin's Café

Add.: 103, Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District
Operating Time: 10:00-02:00

Xing She Cong Cong Book Bar

Add.: B1, 6 Unit, Xiangjunbeili, Dongsanhuan, Chaoyang District
Operating Time: 12:00-21:00 (Monday-Thursday), 12:00-24:00 (Friday –Sunday)

Sculpting in time Café

Add.: 7, Weigong Village, Haidian District
Operating Time: 08:00-20:00

All Sages Bookstore (Halloween Bookstore)

Add.: 58, Chengfu Rd, Haidian District
Operating Time: 10:00-22:00

Xiuxiu British Book Bar

Add.: Northeast of Dongsi Lu, Dongcheng District

- Last updated on Sep. 15, 2018 -
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