Jizhou District Library originates from a reading room set up in the Jixian County Education Center, which was renamed as Jixian County Cultural Center in 1949. The library became an independent unit in 1956 and was headquartered in Dule Temple. Two years later, Jixian County Library again merged with Jixian County Cultural Center. The local government reestablished the Jixian County Library in 1981 and added a reading room for children in 1982. The government of Jixian county built a new complex for the ibrary in 1984. With a floor space of 2,596 square meters, it was one of the largest county-level libraries in China at that time.
Jizhou District Library now boasts a floor space of 3,216 square meters. The areas reserved for the storage of books, reading, office and report halls are 638 square meters, 700 square meters, 150 square meters and 88 square meters respectively. There are 150 seats for readers and 135 book shelves with a total length of nearly 1,400 meters. In addition, the library is equipped with 40 computers, one duplicator and two printers. It adopted the automated ILASII2.0 system to streamline editing and circulation procedures in 2002.
3. Literary resources
Jizhou District Library now houses 81,121 publications, including 68,060 common books, 3,209 comic books and 755 ancient books.
Figures show that it subscribed to 162 magazines and 33 newspapers in 2003.
Its collection is currently composed of publications related to social science and natural science. The category of social science contains literary publications and various reference books, while the category of natural science focuses on agricultural and industrial techniques.
The library has also collected a number of annals of Jizhou from different dynasties of ancient China.
Address: No.11 Wenchang Road, Jizhou District.