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Collection Questions

1. What’s the overview of TJL?
    As the reserve center for publications in Tianjin, TJL has 7. 26 million books, including 6. 06 million Chinese and foreign books and 530 thousand ancient manuscripts. In addition, the Library has 510 thousand bound volumes of magazines and 150 thousand audiovisual items.
    2. What is the features of the Library?
    TJL has collections of books and manuscripts that are up to the “Research Standard”, including those on the Chinese modern history, Chinese local chronicles, local chronicles of Tianjin and the Japanese history. Other items that are up the Research Standard include the Library’s Chinese folk religious scriptures and its collection of books on fine chemical and polymer compounds, among others, under the category of Industry Technology. The Library has accumulated a special collection of Chinese and foreign publications on machinery, electronics, agriculture, environmental protection, etc. , which are related to fostering advanced manufacturing, modern service industry and modern urban agriculture and which are in line with Tianjin’s goals of green, circular and low-carbon development. In addition, the Library has a vast collection of ancient thread-bound collected works and novels from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, quite a few movable-type books and a rather complete collection of Chinese and foreign language reference books.
    3. Is there a digital copy for all the books in TJL?
    The Library’s collections mainly consist of printed books. Due to the copyright, technical and funding limitations, we are yet able to digitalize all of them. The Library has acquired access to both the Founder Apabi Digital Books and Chaoxing Digital Books. Readers can borrow digital books through our “Online Reading Code” service.
    4. Is there material on national product standards and something like that in the Library?
    TJL only has the Consolidated GB Standards of China published by the Standards Press of China. Other stand-alone standards book and foreign standards books are kept by the Municipal Standards Bureau. If you want to read them, please contact the Information and Service Center and ask the staff to check for you.
    5. Are there any publications on patents in different countries in the Library?
    In recent years TJL didn’t keep any publications about patents in different countries. If you want to find such publications, please contact the Information and Service Center and ask the staff to check for you.
    6. Are there any books for kids in TJL?
    The Library has a Kids Service Area in the Cultural Center Building, where a collection of publications for pre-school kids are available.
    7. I am a college student and I need to write a paper. Is there any literature on my subject?
    TJL has a variety of professional publications, which may be useful for your paper. Access to the China Science Periodical Database, Database of Outstanding Master and Doctoral Thesis and Chinese Scientific and Technical Journal Database has been acquired and is available in the Digital Publication Searching Room. Photo and digital file copy services are also provided.
    8. I want to research on Tianjin’s local chronicles. Are there any in the Library?
    Public service is provided in the Modern Publication Comprehensive Reading Room, which is located in the fifth floor of the Cultural Center Building. The Room’s team is tasked with collecting, sorting, conserving and providing public use of the local chronicles of Tianjin.
    9. Is there any material on fashion design in the Library?
    In the Foreign Language Periodical Reading Room in the Fukang road Building are over 300 categories of fashion and accessory periodicals from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, Spain, Hong Kong and Taiwan, totaling over 10 thousand volumes.
    10. Are there any existing legislations and documents issued by all levels of authorities?
    Such publications are kept in the Government Information Open Search Service Center in the Library.