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New national library attracting more visitors

Since the new National Library of Laos opened four months ago the number of visitors has increased, according to statistics from the library.

Director of the National Library of Laos, Ms Khanthamaly Yangnouvong told Vientiane Times on Friday the number of visitors has increased from 353 people in January and February to 460 people in March and 1,100 people during April.

“Most of the visitors are students from the National University of Laos and several other education institutions in the capital, covering 80 percent of all visitors,” she said.

The new library located at Sivilay village, Xaythany district, Vientiane, near the Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, is open from 8am to 4pm Mondays to Saturdays.

The new facility has added more than 2,000 new books, and currently there are more than 800,000 titles on science, Lao and world history as well as literature in several languages including Lao, Thai, English, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Ms Khanthamaly said they further plan to develop services to attract more readers to the new national library.

Additional initiatives will include adding more interesting titles, holding various activities at the library and extending opening hours to seven days a week.

Furthermore, an eatery will serve snacks and drinks plus free Wi-Fi internet is to be installed for the convenience of bookworms.

Ms Khanthamaly noted the original National Library of Laos was established in 1956 on Setthathirath Road and attracted around 700 visitors per month until recently, mostly foreign tourists.

Library officials said they welcomed any support from interested sponsors especially providing books relating to Asean, agriculture, social science and history to broaden students' knowledge of the country's history and regional bloc.

Although the new library contains thousands of books eager readers shouldn't find it difficult tracking down titles as an e-library system can be used for searches.

The new National Library is four storeys in height, measuring 83.1 by 41.6 metres on an area of 11,780 square metres.

According to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, construction cost about 40 billion kip (US$5 million).



By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 22, 2017)

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