Library

Time:2015-03-11 18:05:00
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Longquan Library has been growing with the Monastery, from a reading room of 30 square meters at the very beginning, to a professional Buddhist library with a collection area of nearly a thousand square meters. In terms of its activities, the Library holds transcription class every weekend for devotees to transcribe the classics of Buddhism and traditional culture to attract more devotees to the Dharma cause.

Longquan Library has been growing with the Monastery, from a reading room of 30 square meters at the very beginning, to a professional Buddhist library with a collection area of nearly a thousand square meters. It is officially named "Longquan Library" by Ven. Master Xuecheng in 2013. Ven. Master Xuecheng put forward a long-term vision of developing the library into the world's largest Buddhist library as soon as it was built. To this end, Ven. Master Xuecheng has provided consistent support and guidance along the way.  Thanks to the great care from Ven. Master Xuecheng and efforts from the monks and lay people, the hardware and services have made strides. The library has also introduced Buddhist database and touch-screen technology to better serve the readers.

At present, the library has established departments as general office, resource and construction department, circulation department, etc. The collection of books has amounted to over 70,000 (20,000 of which to be edited), with 36 versions of Tripitaka in Chinese, Tibetan, Myarmar, Pali and other languages, over 90 journals, a dozen newspapers, over 30,000 CDs (14,000 of which to be edited) and e-books of 1286G. With the help of modern library management system, the library provides services to monks and lay people in book and journal searching, querying, borrowing, and Buddhism connection forming. It also organizes events such as book recommendation, book reading to provide up-to-date, quality and innovative servies.

In terms of its own development, the library also continuously upgrades its professional qualities, strengthens internal management and organization. It complied “Management Regulations of Longquan Monastery Library”, and attended training programs organized by the training center of the National Library and senior seminars on frontier issues about digital library. In addition, it is an actively player in professional conferences of the library community , such as Chinese Libraries Annual Conference, American Library Association Annual Conference, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference and its affiliated Conference of East Asian Libraries, National Seminar on Document Cataloging, etc. In 2011, the Library joined the Library Society of China, becoming a member organization, and in 2014, joined the Online Library Cataloging Center.

In terms of its activities, the Library holds transcription class every weekend for devotees to transcribe the classics of Buddhism and traditional culture to attract more devotees to the Dharma cause. The library also holds regular events of book collecting, connection forming by book, photo show, new book recommendation, seminar and salon, etc, to create opportunities for devotees to nurture merits. In the October, 2013, it held “the 1st Longquan Library Exhibition of Buddhist Painting and Calligraphy Art”, attracting more than 2,200 visitors within three and a half days, thus offering the public an opportunity to know and experience Buddhism through Buddhist art. The development of the Library also got widespread support and help from different social communities including the Sinology Foundation, Institute of Maitreya Studies and Mr. Wang Lianzhang, the National Library of China, the Capital Library of China, etc.

Ven. Master Xuecheng always attaches importance to training monks. The library has provided a basic condition for monk training and laid a solid foundation for a Buddhist University. As the saying goes, “dive into the sūtra-pi aka, and obtain an ocean of wisdom”. With the development on knowledge, information technology and network in modern society, the devotees are also getting younger, well-educated, and are of high quality. The Longquan Library, as a professional Buddhism library, will assume the mission to carry forward Buddhist culture and the whole Chinese traditional culture. Going forward, the Library will continue to learn and explore advanced library management theories, organize and develop more diverse services for readers, to help blend the Buddhism into modern society and realize Ven. Master Xuecheng’s aspiration to promote Buddhism.

 



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