Sunday, March 24, 2013

A visit to the Seoul Metropolitan Library

2013.03.24-IMG_0321 While in Seoul for vacation, I had the opportunity for a bus-man's holiday and stopped in at the fabulous (still fresh) new Seoul Metropolitan Library.

In a wonderfully restored former city hall (circa 1926), the facilities were marvelous. Of particular interest were some mysterious self check out machines that looked like microwave ovens. Never quite figured exactly how they worked.

2013.03.24-IMG_0276From the website:
The former City Hall, that used to be the center of city affairs, is now coming to citizens as a main library in Seoul. The library offers over 200,000 books, book shelves along 5m-high walls, Disability Collections, and Seoul Documents Collections. It also offers a comprehensive search tool to identify materials among 320 libraries in Seoul.
In addition, the library restored the outer wall, halls, and the main stairway of the former City Hall that had been built in 1926, symbolizing the historical heritage of Seoul. Seoul Library will be the “Information Hub of Seoul and Center of Libraries in Seoul” and “Representative Library in Seoul” that creates and implements programs for the libraries in Seoul.

2013.03.24-IMG_0317Nicely restored main entrance staircase:

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