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ATM libraries promote reading habits

ATM libraries promote reading habits | The Information Professional |

28(Xinhuanet)--"Beijing has recently seen an increasing number of so-called ATM libraries--the 24-hour self-service machines which allow people to borrow and return books without the help of librarians.

Anyone who wants to borrow books from the ATM library only needs to swipe their second-generation Identity Card and put down 100 yuan in cash deposit collateral. They can borrow a maximum of five books each time and return these four weeks later or extend the borrowing period by two weeks."

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Library helps Tanzanians better understand China - China Daily

Library helps Tanzanians better understand China - China Daily | The Information Professional |

By Liu Xiangrui in Dar es Salaam:

"A China library opened within Tanzania's national library in the African nation's capital of Dar es Salaam on Monday.
The China library is a part of the Experience China in Tanzania program, a large cultural exchange initiated by China's State Council's Information Office. It is co-hosted by the Chinese embassy in Tanzania and several Tanzanian government agencies.
With a total donation of around $300,000, the State Council's Information Office has provided the China library with 20 computers, 1,000 paper publications and DVDs, and more than 100,000 digital publications related to Chinese politics, economy, culture, history, arts and science.
Zhang Yanbin, director of a bureau under the State Council's Information Office, said the China library will serve as a means for Tanzanians to understand China.
"To maintain long-term cooperation, the China library is collaboratively built by us and the Tanzanian cultural ministry, instead of purely with our donations," Zhang said. "This is a creative move in China's cultural exchanges with other countries."

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