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Classifications of Card

Application Eligibility

Application Procedures

Functions and Range of services

Reader's Card

Chinese citizens and foreigners aged 16 and above

Citizens, who hold valid IDs (ID card, residence booklet, passport, officer card, Mainland travel permit for people from Hong Kong and Macau, home-visiting certificate of Taiwan fellowmen), can apply for NLC Reader's Card by completing the NLC Reader's Card Application Form free of charge for the first time.

General reading rooms (open stacks and closed stacks), Reading Room for Books & Periodicals in Stacks (closed stack)

Children aged from 13 to 15

Children accompanied by guardians, hold their own and guardians' valid IDs (ID card, residence booklet, passport, officer card, Mainland travel permit for people from Hong Kong and Macau, home-visiting certificate of Taiwan fellowmen) and copies of the valid IDs, can apply for NLC Reader's Card by completing the NLC Reader's Card Application Form (for 13-15 years old) free of charge for the first time.

Reading function in general reading rooms (open stacks) of NLC North Area; Reading function in reading area of NLC Children's Library, and digital resources services

Reader's Card of the Children's Library

Children aged 12 and below

Children accompanied by guardians, hold their own and guardians' valid IDs (ID cards, residence booklet, passport, officer card , enrollment card, pass to Hong Kong and Macao, home-visiting certificate of Taiwan fellowmen, enrollment card or student identity card) and copies of the valid IDs, can apply for reader's card of NLC Children's Library by completing the Reader's Card Application Form of the NLC Children's Library free of charge for the first time.

Reading function in reading area of the NLC Children's Library, and digital resources services

Second Generation ID Card

Chinese citizens aged 16 and above

Direct entry to the open stacks reading rooms with the person's second generation ID card.

All of the open stacks reading rooms

 
Opening hours and location for NLC Reader's Card Application/Reader's Card of the Children's Library Application 

NLC North Area: North side, 2nd floor; Information Desk of Children's Library 
Opening Hours for Self-Assisted Reader's Card Application (readers aged 16 and above hold the second generation ID card) 
Monday to Friday 9:00-21:00 
Saturday to Sunday 9:00-17:00 
Opening Hours for Staff-Assisted Reader's Card Application and Reader Card Functions Addition or Deduction 
Monday to Sunday 9:00-16:30 
  
NLC Ancient Books Library: Room A206, Wenjin Building, NLC Ancient Books Library 
Opening Hours for Self-Assisted Reader's Card Application (readers aged 16 and above hold the second generation ID card) 
Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00 
Opening Hours for Staff-Assisted Reader's Card Application and Reader Card Functions Addition or Deduction 
Monday to Sunday 9:00-16:30 
 
User's Instructions to Reader's Card/ Second Generation ID Card/ Reader's Card of Children's Library

1. The Reader's Card is required to be verified at the card verification counter at the entrance of reading rooms before entering.
 
2. Holder of the Reader's Card should obey the Rules and Regulations of the National Library of China. For severe violations of library regulations, the person's card will be suspended until relevant measures and corrections take place.

Annual Registration of Reader's Card/ Reader's Card of Children's Library

The Reader's Card/Reader's Card of Children's Library is to be registered by the Library. After the card being held for three years (one year for Reader's Card of Children's Library), it should be registered at the card registration desk. If a Reader's Card/Reader's Card of Children's Library fail to be registered as scheduled, it will be suspended. Registration is required in order to re-activate. If reader needs to reuse his/her Reader Card, he/she must hold ID card and Reader Card to process and verify registration procedures at card registration desk. Doing it by other people is not allowed.

Expanded Functions of Reader's Card

Expanded functions mainly include financial function and loan function. Financial function refers to that Reader's Card has stored value and consumption function in the Library (photocopy and printing). General Reader's Card can get financial function after recharging. For readers under 16 years old, the financial function must be processed by his/her guardian in Card Office. Chinese citizens (aged 16 and above) can apply for books loan function, 100 RMB deposit for Chinese books loan function and 1000 RMB deposit for foreign books loan function.

Deposit Refunds of Reader's Card

1. If a reader wishes to get back the deposit, he/she must return all books on loan and clear any fee owing to the Library if any. Deposit will be refunded upon the reader presenting his/her Reader's Card or second generation ID card and the deposit receipt. If someone processes the cancellation on behalf of the card holder, he/she must also present his/her own valid ID card.

2. Readers must safely store all deposit receipts for functions of his/her Reader's Card. The Library will not re-issue any receipt that is lost. The reader is required to present deposit receipt for taking back his/her deposit when processing a cancellation of functions.

3. Once a reader loses his/her deposit receipt, he/she must report the loss to the Library. After completing cancellation procedures, he/she can take back his/her deposit with a valid ID card. If reader entrusts other agent to handle deposit refunds without deposit receipt, the agent's valid ID card and a copy of the valid ID card should be submitted meanwhile. 
 
Deposit Refunds of Reader's Card(for juveniles aged from 13 to 16)

1. A child should be accompanied by a guardian to get the deposit back, his/her guardian must return all books on loan and clear any fee owing to the Library if any. Deposit will be refunded upon the guardian presenting his/her second generation ID card, the Reader's Card and the deposit receipt. If someone processes the cancellation on behalf of the card holder, he/she must present the above-mentioned documents and his/her own valid ID card.

2. The guardian must safely store all deposit receipts for functions of Reader's Card. The Library will not re-issue any receipt that is lost. The guardian is required to present the deposit receipt for taking back the deposit when processing a cancellation of functions.

3. Once the deposit receipt is lost, after completing cancellation procedures, the guardian can take back the deposit with the guardian's and the cardholder's valid ID card and a copy of the valid ID card. If reader entrusts another agent to handle deposit refunds without deposit receipt, the above-mentioned documents, the agent's valid ID card and a copy of the valid ID card should be submitted at the same time.

Reporting a lost Reader's Card and Re-registration of a new card

A reader should report his/her lost Reader's Card at the Card Registration desk. If the lost card is found, he/she can request to remove the lost card report with his/her valid ID card at the Card Registration desk. If a reader cannot find the lost card, he/she should apply for a new card with his/her valid ID card and a processing fee (5RMB/card). The lost card will be cancelled at the same time and the reader's deposit remains valid.

Other Reminders

1. One person can only apply for one Reader's Card/Reader's Card of Children's Library.

2. A Reader's Card/Reader's Card of Children's Library can only be used by its owner. Please do not lend it to others.
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