In recent years, Pingtung, the southernmost county, has been stepping up its efforts to promote local culture, adding another stunning public library to its territory.
After a two-year renovation, the Pingtung County Library, located in the city center, reopened to the public on Aug. 28.
The glass-paneled library is surrounded by lush greenery, making you feel like you’re reading in the forest.
The 30-year-old Pingtung County Library has been transformed into a building with a mixture of old and new elements.
The renovation upgraded the whole building while retaining most of the memories cherished by the Pingtung people.
Sitting next to the Qianxi Park in Pingtung City, the library occupies about 5 hectares within a wide 50-year-old camphor forest.
The interior design features high ceilings with large glass windows, bringing more natural light into the reading rooms.
There are also outdoor reading areas on the second and third floors, where you can read outdoors while overlooking Mt. Taimu.
In addition, the number of books in the collection has been increased from 130,000 to 400,000, and the number of reading seats has risen from 150 to 500.
The library has also introduced Taiwan’s first smart bookshelf and 24-hour book return system that allow readers to borrow and return books more freely and at flexible hours.