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Visit Us during the normalized epidemic prevention and control period
Opening Area: South Area and North Area of the NLC Main Library, Children’s Library (#33 Zhongguancun Nandajie, Haidian District)
The NLC Ancient Books Library (#7 Wenjin Street, Xi Cheng District)
Opening Hours: South Area (including the National Museum of Classic Books): Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00-17:00, Closed on Monday
(Notes: Novelty Search Centre/Science & Technology Reference Services, Social Sciences Reference Services are open from Tuesday to Friday, 9:00-17:00)
North Area: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00-17:00 Closed on Monday
Children's Library: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00-17:00, Closed on Monday
Ancient Books Library: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00-17:00, Closed on Sunday and Monday
Opening Services: Service Points as follows:

Areas

Service Types

Service Points

Services

Location

Telephone

The Main Library
South Area

Reader Cards

Reader Registration

To process NLC Reader Cards services
(Staff-assisted service hours: 9:00-16:30)

Zizhu Hall, the Second Floor

4006006988
010-
88545426

Reference Services

General Information Desk

To answer user inquiries and help users access the collections.

Wenjin Hall & Zizhu Hall, the second floor

4006006988
010-
88545426

Novelty Search Centre/Science & Technology Reference Services

To provide science & technology novelty search, documents citation verification, science & technology subject inquires, fact inquiry, alerts, commercial and economic information retrieval, patent analysis, literature review services, etc. (Open from Tuesday to Friday on opening hours)

D204, the second floor

010-
88545237

Social Sciences Reference Services

To provide reference services for documents in social sciences, and to provide social sciences subject inquires, alerts, fact inquiry, literature review, commercial and economic information retrieval services, etc. (Open from Tuesday to Friday on opening hours)

D205, the second floor

010-
88545270

Exhibition Services

The National Museum of Classic Books

To provide the audience with various exhibitions to display the NLC’s excellent collections and Chinese classics, and promote Chinese culture.

From the second floor to the fourth floor

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Reading Services

Comprehensive Reading Room

To provide closed-stack reading services of circulated copies of Chinese books and open-stack reading services of Chinese and foreign languages reference books (Reading and photocopy services of preserved copies are temporarily not available).

D227, the second floor

010-
88545956

Law Reference Reading Room

To provide open-stack reading services of Chinese law books published in the previous five years, law books in foreign languages published in the previous three years, law periodicals in Chinese and foreign languages published in the previous three years.

D201, the second floor

010-
88544451

Foreign Publications Reading Room No.1

To provide open-stack reading services of books in western languages published in recent two years (excluding literature, arts, laws, and Chinese studies), and periodicals in western languages published in recent two years.

E2-3, the second floor

010-
88544213

Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macao Publications Reading Room

To provide closed-stack reading services of Chinese books, periodicals and newspapers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and overseas countries. Users aged 16 years or above must carry their own Reader Cards for closed-stack reading. For certain documents, readers must present recommendation letters (bureau level or above) with personal details, research documents, purpose and expiration date (recommendation letters must indicate the contact number of the issuing institutions, which are valid for one month at most).

F203, the second floor

010-
88545530

Rare Books & Special Collections Reading Room

To provide closed-stack reading services of rare books, ancient books and microfilms and provide reading services of books in Chinese ethnic minorities' languages.

G220, the second floor

010-
88545344

Dunhuang & Turpan Literature Reading Room

To provide open-stack reading services of microfilms of literature unearthed in Dunhuang and Turpan, photo-offset copies of illustrations, monographs and periodicals on Dunhuang & Turpan studies.

G220, the second floor

010-
88544089

Microform Reading Room

To provide closed-stack reading services of documents, in the form of microfilm or microfiche, such as overseas doctoral dissertations, Chinese newspapers and periodicals, Minguo books and periodicals, Japanese government publications, declassified documents of the British government and US government, early missionaries' collections, publications about China published in western countries before 1850, dictionaries and biographies from all countries, and so on.

D401, the fourth floor

010-
88545663

Foreign Publications Reading Room NO. 2(International Donated Books Reading Room, Japanese Publications Reading Room)

To provide closed-stack reading services of books and periodicals in Japanese, Russian, eastern languages (collected in this reading room); to provide closed-stack reading services of international donated books in recent years (collected in this reading room); to provide closed-stack reading services of Japanese publications published in recent years (collected in this reading room).

D427, the fourth floor

010-
88545504

Yearbooks & New Chronicles Reading Room

Yearbooks: to provide open-stack reading services of national comprehensive yearbooks, statistical yearbooks, professional yearbooks, yearbooks of colleges and universities, community yearbooks and enterprise yearbooks which are published after 1949, and part of yearbooks published in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
New Chronicles: to provide open-stack reading services of comprehensive chronicles, professional chronicles, and other various kinds of chronicles published after 1949, and provide closed-stack reading services of yearbooks, historical accounts of past events and local chronicles published informally after 1949 in China.

E5-3, the fifth floor

010-
88545980

Reading Room for Publications of International Organizations & Foreign Governments

To provide open-stack reading services of publications of UN headquarters and special organizations, relevant UN agencies, European Union (European Community), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Asian Development Bank and so on after 2000; to provide open-stack reading services of US government publications and Canadian government publications after 2000; to provide closed-stack reading services of microform documents of Congressional Information Service.

E6-3, the sixth floor

010-
88545674

Research Centre for Overseas Chinese Studies

To provide close-stack reading services of western books on Chinese studies since 2002, Russian and Japanese books on Chinese studies since 2011, books on Chinese studies in minority languages since 2015, periodicals on Chinese studies in western languages, Russian, Japanese and Korean since 2012, Chinese translations of Chinese studies, monographs, and reference books in Chinese and foreign languages.

E6-3, the sixth floor

010-
88544452

Loan Services

Lending Desk for Foreign Books in Stacks

To provide lending services of foreign books in the latest 20 years collected in stacks.

North side of Zizhu Hall, the second floor

010-
88544632

24-hour Self-service Book Return

To provide book-return services.

South side of east entrance, NLC South Area.

010-
88545366

Photocopy Services

Staff-assisted Photocopy Services

To provide photocopy, scanning, printing, microfilm restoring, photographing, binding, CD copying, and so on.

The second floor
North side of Zizhu Hall

010-
88545405

Self-assisted Photocopy Services

To provide self-assisted photocopy services.

each reading room

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Main Library
North Area

Reader Cards

Reader Registration

To process the NLC Reader Cards services (For deposit refunds and financial function deletion, please go to F401, the NLC South Area).
(Staff-assisted service hours are 9:00-16:30)

Hall of the second floor
(Self-assisted services)

4006006988
010-
88545426

Reference Services

General Information Desk

To answer user inquiries, and help users access the collections.

Hall of the second floor

4006006988
010-
88545426

Reading and Loan Services

Chinese Books (including Reference Books)

To provide loan services of recently published Chinese books; open-stack reading services of photo-offset copies of the Complete Library of the Four Branches of Literature and related series, Chinese reference books, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical information, bibliography index, and so on; closed-stack reading services of part of attached disks of books; to provide digital resources retrieval services and book return service of the Capital Library Alliance.

Out ring of the 2nd and 3rd floor (The central court, from the 1st basement to the 2nd floor).

010-
88545366
88545690

Reading Services

Information Commons

To provide digital resources and Internet services, multimedia resources reading services, loan services of handheld reader, special services for the disabled, resources experience of the National Cultural Information Resources Sharing Project (NCIRSP), user information literacy training, etc.

East side, 4th floor.

010-
88545208
88545390

Audio-Visual Space

To provide open-stack reading services of books and periodicals related to audio-visual arts, closed-stack reading services of physical audio-visual disks and vinyl records, and appreciation services of online audio-visual resources.

North side, 4th floor.

010-
88544703
88544705

Chinese Periodicals and Newspapers

To provide open-stack and closed-stack reading services of Chinese periodicals published in the previous 2 years (including current year), closed-stack reading services of preservation copies; to provide open-stack reading services of part of Chinese Newspapers published in the previous 2 years (including current year), closed-stack reading services of preservation copies.

South side, 4th floor.

010-
88545952
88545975

Dissertations & Theses Reading Room

To provide closed-stack reading services of doctoral dissertations, master's degree papers, postdoctoral dissertations, and some dissertations from overseas Chinese.

West side, 4th floor.

010-
88545401

Chinese Ethnic Minorities' Languages Collections Reading Room

To provide open-stack services of books in Chinese ethnic minorities’ languages published in previous 20 years, periodicals in Chinese ethnic minorities’ languages published in previous two years, and provincial newspapers in Chinese ethnic minorities’ languages published in current year.

Southeast side 4-23, 4th floor, NLC North Area.

010-
88545287

Photocopy Services

Staff-assisted Photocopy Services

To provide photocopying, scanning, printing, microfilms restoration, photograph, binding, discs burning, etc.

Southwest side, 4th floor.

010-
88545013

Self-assisted Photocopy Services

To provide self-assisted photocopy services for readers.

Each reading room

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Children's
Library

Reading Services

Parent-child Reading Area, Juveniles Reading Area, Information Commons, Digital Resources Experiencing Area, Themed Activity Area

To provide open-stack and close-stack reading services of children’s documents, reading guidance services, and so on.

Southeast side, the first and second floor

010-
88545080
88544678

Ancient Books Library

Reader Cards

Reader Registration

To process the NLC Reader Cards services.
(Staff-assisted service hours are 9:00-16:30)

A206, the first floor, Wenjin Building, Ancient Books Library

010-
88003101

Reading Services

Reading Room for General Ancient Books

General ancient books from the Ming and Qing Dynasties to the Republican period, and reprinted ancient books after 1949.

A301, Wenjin Building

010-
88003100

Genealogies & Old Chronicles Reading Room

To provide genealogies and chronicles microfilms published before 1949, genealogies, photo-offset copy of local chronicles, documents on genealogical study and chorography, etc. published after 1949.

North side, 1st floor, Linqiong Building

010-
88003102

Photocopy Services

Staff-assisted Photocopy Services

To provide staff-assisted photocopy services.

Each reading room

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From now on, there is no need to make a reservation to the enter the NLC Main Library and the NLC Ancient Books Library. When entering the Children's Library, please make a reservation with your real name for the current day and the coming three days.
1. Get reservation code:
Wechat reservation (Monday to Sunday 9:00-21:00)
To make a reservation, please follow the public account of “The National Library of China Service Account” in advance, click “Reader Services—Admission Reservation” to make a reservation.

Long press the QR code to enter the reservation platform
Telephone reservation (Monday to Sunday 9:00-16:00)
Please call 40060069888/010-88545426 for real-name reservation. After the reservation, you can receive the reservation message and reservation code.
2.Cancel the reservation
Cancel a WeChat reservation
Enter the NLC Service Account, click “Reader Services—Admission Reservation-My Reservation" to choose your needed reservation item, and then click “Cancelling Reservation” in reservation details page.
Cancel a telephone reservation
You can cancel the reservation by calling 40060069888/010-88545426, and then transferring to human service.
Tips
Please come to the Library according to your reservation time. If you can't get to the library, please cancel the reservation as soon as possible. Otherwise it may affect your future reservation.



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