Lying in Trang Thi street, The National Library is the largest synthesis library of Vietnam. Founded around 1919 and named after Governor- General of French Indochina, Pierre Paquier. At the most developing time (1939), the library had 92,163 books, which are about two-tenths of Vietnamese books.
In 1954, it was reformed into the Central library with old newspapers together with source of books from the Government of Vietnam; it is approximately 180 thousand books.
On June 26, 1957, the Central library was officially renamed the National Library of Vietnam and also as an agency of storing printed books and newspapers at home and abroad.
Nowadays, there are more than a million books, seven thousand magazines and newspaper in Vietnamese and other languages. Doctoral theses of Vietnamese scientific officials are gathered here.
This is one of Cultural centers of Vietnam with most large-scale international connection, usually exchanges books with more than 300 libraries, large scientific agencies of 100 countries in the world.
The National Library of Vietnam is member of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Exchanging and cooperation have collected hundreds of thousands of valuable foreign books in different fields. Airy reading rooms, convenient lookups, borrowing and means of copies have been increasingly completed.
The library usually organizes talk shows about life, economics, culture, history, technique, science, great men, etc. Speakers are famous scientists and artists. The National Library of Vietnam is also a training agency for library system in Vietnam.
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