::: You are here: Home > About Us> History

History

    The old main library of Kaohsiung City was originally named Kaohsiung Public Education Center. It was located at the foot of Mt. Shoushan. During the Second World War, the building was bombed and most of the collections were burned to ashes. The Education Center reopened in 1945 when it was relocated to a rented building on Gushan 1st Road with a meager collection of roughly 400 Japanese books. When the Education Center was relocated again to Jhongjheng 4th Road in 1949, it was renamed as Kaohsiung City Sun Yat-sen Library. In April 1954, the name was officially changed to Kaohsiung Public Library when the new library building located at No. 39 Minsheng 2nd Road was completed and open to the public.

    Kaohsiung City became a Yuan-controlled municipality in July 1978. The library’s collections grew along with the City’s rapid development, its growing population and increasing number of patrons visiting the public library. The old library building was unable to accommodate the increasing number of collections. The newly built community center at No. 80 Minsheng 2nd Road was therefore chosen as the new site for the library and the library moved to the new location in August 1981.

    Kaohsiung City and County were merged on December 25, 2010; the greater Kaohsiung area now has a total of 62 branch libraries, including: the main library, Kaohsiung Cultural Center Branch, Kaohsiung City Museum of Kaohsiung Literature Branch, Gushan Branch, Cijin Branch, Youchang Branch, Zuoying Branch, Sanmin Branch, Sinsing Branch (including Sinsing Reading Room), Yancheng Branch, Cianjhen Branch, Nangushan Branch, Cueiping Branch, Lingya Branch, Yangming Branch, Nanzihkeng Branch, Zuosin Branch, Baojhu Branch, Siaogang Branch, Dadong Arts Library, Gangshan Cultural Center Branch, Gangshan Branch, Yanchao Branch, Ciaotou Branch, Zihguan Branch, Zihguanchihdong Branch, Mituo Branch, Mituo Park Branch, Yong-An Branch, Cieding Branch, Lujhu Branch, Hunei Branch, Alian Branch, Tianliao Branch, Jhonglun, Fongshan 2nd Branch, Fongshan Caogong Branch, Dashu Branch, Dashu 2nd Branch, Dashu 3rd Branch, Chengguan Branch, Dashe Branch, Niaosong Branch, Daliao Branch, Linyuan Branch, Linyuan 2nd Branch, Cishan Branch, Meinong Branch, Jiasian Branch, Neimen Branch, Neimen Neipu Branch, Neimen Mujha Branch, Neimen Gouping Branch, Shanlin Branch, Maolin Branch, Liouguei Branch, Namasia Branch, Taoyuan Branch, Renwu Branch, Jhongjhuang Branch, Heti Branch, and Caoya Branch. In addition, we began planning the new main library in the “Asia New Bay Area” in 2011. The one-hundred-person ground-breaking ceremony took place on October 12, 2012. The main library was completed and started service on November 13, 2014. It has since become a new cultural landmark that makes Kaohsiung City proud.
 After the main library was established, the golden era of Kaohsiung Public Library began. In results, all local counties and cities began to build their own main libraries. In order to extend the pace of reformation, and to deal with the rapid information change in the Information Age with an administration framework featuring higher efficiency and greater flexibility, Kaohsiung City began planning the transformation of the public library into an administrative institution in 2016. When the Ministry of Education approved the proposal at the review meeting on April 26, 2017, the Kaohsiung City Council passed the “Kaohsiung Public Library Establishment Self-Governance Articles” at the 5th sittings of the second session on May 26, 2017. On September 1, 2017, Kaohsiung Public Library officially transformed into an administrative institution.

   

Updated:2017-09-19 AM 10:33:03