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Xuzhou Library was founded in 1930, which used to be "Jiangsu Provincial Xuzhou Library". There are more than 760,000 stash books and nearly 100,000 ancient books. It is famous for over 8000 rare books and local literature, which are particularly valuable. The most valuable books are the only existing copies and the rare type printing imperial collection of ancient and modern books from Yong Zheng period of the Qing Dynasty.

The new building of Xuzhou Library is located in the eastern foot of the beautiful Yunlong Mountain in southern suburbs of Xuzhou City, facing the Taishan Road. In the east, there is the famous Huaihai Campaign Martyrs Memorial cemetery. The total area is 26,700 square meters and the building area is 21,500 square meters. The main building has two layers and part has four layers. It is designed to have a capacity of  1600,000 books, more than 1000 seats for readers and more than 700 pre-installed information nodes. It is designed to receive 2000 readers daily and borrow more than 1,000,000 documents in one year.
The new building was laid the foundation in the 18th of November in 1999, Which was officially started in mid-December. It was completed at the end of 2003 and was officially declared to open to the public in the 8th of December. As the symbol of Xuzhou city and local culture, the new building is located in the beautiful Yunlong scenic area and at the foot of Yunlong mountain. In front there is a broad square green space. Therefore the environment is elegant and quiet. Two courtyards in the centre of the building not only solve the problem of indoor lighting but also add the infinite green scene in the building, which truly reflects the harmony between man and nature.
The appearance of the new building is dignified and elegant. The style of architecture design not only highlights the dignified history and profound cultural of Xuzhou but also agrees with the Xuzhou historical and cultural heritage of the Chinese culture. The specific signs are the four corner Pavilion in Han Dynasty style of different sizes and heights on the roof and the cherry red granite wall in the building. The large volume of buildings and well-proportioned floors reflect the basic modernization and enterprising spirit of Xuzhou and the great achievements of Chinese reform and open. In the middle of the hall, the marble columns with black marble base straight through the roof, which symbolized the fearless time spirit of Xuzhou people. The large glass roof makes indoor bright, which symbolized broad minds of Xuzhou people. Especially the Han Dynasty portrait stone rubbings along the corridors of the second floor reflects the deep the historical connotation of the Han Dynasty culture of Xuzhou in modern decoration atmosphere.
The new building uses modular design and frame structure. Each floor has 4.8 meters and contains 500 kg/m2. The large space has good expansibility, interchangeability and flexibility. Based on this, the library has truly realized the integration of the literature, such as "collection", "borrowing" and "reading", which fully embodies the people-oriented service thought. In the functional layout, it logistically separates the public service area and internal office area, readers borrow area and activity area, the traditional service and management area and modern service and management area, reader flow and non-readers flow, ordinary readers flow and special readers flow etc. In terms of reader service, the first floor is mainly for ordinary books and children's library. The second floor is mainly the periodical reading room and the electronic reading room. The third layer is mainly ancient books, reference reading rooms and readers study area. In order to adapt to the modern diversified development needs, it is also equipped with the exhibition area, a multi-function hall and leisure area. Especially after the use of computer network and communication technology management, readers can not only borrow, enquiries, retrieval and surfing on the internet quickly by computers through LAN in the library but also login the library website in the remote office or at home to complete the enquiries, renewal, borrow in advance, new book inquiry, electronic document browse or download, and other network library services.