Historical review of Chinese libraries


This chapter reviews the Chinese library in the ancient, modern and contemporary periods, exploring the change of focus from preservation of literature resources in ancient times to the emphasis on utilization now, and introduces the achievements and issues of librarianship in different historical eras. Modern Chinese library development reflects the history of modern China. One can track and correlate its historical development path with major events in Chinese library history. Reviewing the course of the Chinese library, we find that its destiny was closely related to the country’s fate. It is clear that there are two major factors promoting the development of Chinese librarianship: philosophy ...

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