Xiamen Culture and Art Centre (Tiyu Lu 95 )
The Xiamen Culture and Art Centre that opened in spring 2007 not only includes the wonderful Xiamen Art Gallery but also a great library.
On two floors you can find books, multimedia, microfilms and a lot more. Cosy couches and dozens of seats provide you with the necessary place to relax. Actually it is pretty comfortable here and one might easily spend some hours reading and retreating from the noise outside. The inner courtyard with beautiful plants and inviting benches support you with the fresh air you might need after hours of reading. If you get tired you can enjoy the delicious coffee offered here, too.
On the ground floor you will find a multimedia reading area, a natural science serials reading and lending area, a social sciences reading area and a literature books area amongst other things. The shelves of books are well-assorted and clearly arranged. You won't have any problem finding the right stuff.
The second floor provides you with ancient books, microfilms of ancient books, history in general, photocopied ancient books,etc. The foreign language books are also on the second floor. You just have to follow the blue sign leading you there. The shelves of the foreign language section offer many specialised books on literature, art, history and sciences. They have got great illustrated books on different periods of art, e.g. besides this section also has got some classic novels, such as Dickens, Shakespeare and Brontë. You can also find some modern literature here and supply yourself with new reading stuff.
Besides the usual books, Xiamen Library also offers a special: every Saturday, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. they show a free movie on the 2nd floor, sometimes a Chinese one, sometimes an English one.
Fee: If you decide to lend books every now and then, you should apply for a library card. Please notice that there are special application times at the Gongyuan Branch in Xiamen:
Gongyuan Branch: 8.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday, except Friday afternoon
You have to show them your ID and pay 20 RMB once for the card. Then you have to pay a deposit for the books you might lend in future once. You can choose between 100 RMB, 200 RMB and 500RMB deposit. If you pay a 100 RMB deposit you can only lend books of a total value of 100 RMB. e.g.. Of course you can always change the extent of your deposit.
You can use your library card at the other two branches, too: Gongyuan Branch (at Zhongshan Park) and Gulangyu Zhongshan Branch (on Gulangyu).
Lending regulation: You are allowed to keep the books you lent for 21 days and then have to bring them back.
Xiamen Culture and Art Centre Branch &Gongyuan Branch: 8.30 a.m. - 8 p.m., every day, except Friday afternoon
Gulangyu Zhongshan Branch:
Monday - Friday: 8a.m. - 12a.m. and 2p.m. - 8p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8a.m. - 12a.m. and 2.30p.m. - 5.30p.m.