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Fu Lei Library reopens in Pudong

pudong.gov.cn Updated:2020-03-24

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The Fu Lei Library [Photo/VCG]

The Fu Lei Library reopened to the public in Pudong district, Shanghai on March 23, three days earlier than planned, due to strong demand from local readers, said Jiang Jinge, curator of the library.

Readers must register on the library's official WeChat account before visiting, and the number of visitors per day is capped at 100. 

Visitors are also required to wear face masks, have their temperature taken, register their information, and present their health condition QR codes before entering.

"We disinfected the library several days in a row before reopening. We've added two book disinfection cabinets to disinfect all returned books and any other books that are touched by visitors," said Jiang.

The library, located at No 800 East Shenmei Road, Zhoupu town, Pudong district, is the only library in China which takes renowned translator Fu Lei (1908-1966) as its namesake. Fu translated works from famous French authors, including Honoré de Balzac, Voltaire and Romain Rolland.

The library covers a floor area of 5,500 square meters and is home to more than 200,000 books, 50,000 electronic publications and 200 types of newspapers. It officially started operating on July 6, 2019.

The library consists of a Fu Lei literature museum, a 220-seat theater, two multifunctional halls, a newspaper reading area, an electronic reading area, as well as separate reading areas for adults, teenagers and children.

A variety of activities revolving around Fu Lei, literature, arts and family relations have also been organized at the library. 

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