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Shanghai Library (Shanghai Tushuguan)

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Largest library in the city

It's hardly an 'attraction,' but it's an okay library with foreigner-friendly interface (in certain... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2011
South Pole
Very large and impressive building but not that much to see

The Shanghai Library is modern, wide, and about six floors high, with a manicured courtyard behind... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
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13 May 2018
“Very large and impressive building but not that much to see”
30 May 2017
“Reading Ability in Mandarin a Definite Plus”
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No.1555 Huaihai Middle Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200000, China
Former French Concession
+86 21 6445 5555
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

The Shanghai Library is modern, wide, and about six floors high, with a manicured courtyard behind featuring sculpture and sculptured shrubs. It was busy on a Saturday noon. The casual visitor has access only to the common areas. To enter any of the specialized wings...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

This was a photo op as much as anything as we stumbled across it as we emerged from the nearby metro stop. There was a sign advertising a coffee shop inside so we went in but found all of the seating oversubscribed. We had a...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

It is a big modern building but ultimately nothing special about it. Even as an architectural description it is ordinary.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

This library is big, central and busy. Don't be put off if you don't have a card as you'll be issued one from an automatic machine (someone will help you if you don't speak Chinese) by the entrance. All you need is your passport. Then...More

Date of experience: July 2014
5  Thank Nanchang_Nel
Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

You have to register for a library card to enter, and see anything. No frills library, I didn't see anything too special. Best part is they have all the Lonely Planet books in Chinese (2nd floor, tourism) and 4th floor (Friendship section).

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

It's hardly an 'attraction,' but it's an okay library with foreigner-friendly interface (in certain areas). Computerized book ordering is in Chinese, but the online search has English and there are English speaking interns at the reception. It's possible to wander in some areas without being...More

Date of experience: November 2011
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Former French Concession
While there are technical borders to the area formerly
governed by the French in Shanghai, the "French
Concession" of today is an amorphous neighborhood that
is a favorite of the city's foreign residents. While
it is mostly within the Xuhui district, residents will
sometimes include parts of Jing'an and Luwan in their
mental maps of the Former French Concession. The area
seems frozen in time, characterized by quiet,
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