Hsiang-Shan Branch Library
- Source:Library of Cultural Affairs Bureau,Hsinchu City
The Hsiang-Shan Branch Library was established on November 1st, 1985 under the tireless efforts of the elderly patriarch Mr. Pan-Hui Chen. Mr. Chen pro-actively fought for basic infrastructure founding from both the central and local governments and raised over 1 million NTD together with his brothers to build the library. At the time of its founding the library was named after his father, “The Yang-Jing Chen Library”. After the Hsinchu Cultural Bureau was established on October 31st, 1986 the management of the library came under the Cultural Center. In 1992 plans started for automation of the library. In July of 1994 the recording of all library materials was completed, marking the start of the automation process of the library. In April 1996 the library officially linked with the Cultural Bureau’s library network.
The Hsiang-Shan Branch Library originally was located in a small auditorium on the second floor of the Hsiang-ShanElementary School. In 2000 the library temporarily closed down to accommodate the demolishing of the auditorium. On November 30th, 2002 the library had a trial reopening, and on December 6th official opened for operation. The new library is located in an auditorium on the first floor of the Hsiang-Shan Elementary School. The curved architecture of the roof and split arrangement of windows form a lively appearance, bringing a fresh energy to the city landscape of Hsiang-Shan. Within the library each section is has its own architectural theme, including the simple and minimalistic adult reading area, the relaxing magazine, newspaper and audio-visual area, the interactive children’s reading area and the neat and tidy self-study area, etc. The main color schemes of the library interior feature a contrast between black and white, which are complimented with yellow flowers and green leaves, making for an elegant, lively and bright reading environment when the sun is shining through the windows.