Libraries across Shenzhen

Writer: Wu Zhuoyang, Chen Xiaochun  |  Editor: Jane Chen  |  From: EyeShenzhen 

Nanshan District

24-hour self-service lending machines 24小时自助图书馆

The 24-hour self-service lending machine program is an important project for the city's development as a “city of libraries” and plays an important role in the city's public cultural service system. Funded by the city's government, residents can borrow and return books conveniently using the machines, which also provide free services such as library card applications, book reservations and renewals and information consultation.

Tel: 82841217

Add: Multiple locations

Shenzhen Nanshan Library 南山图书馆

Founded in 1994, Shenzhen Nanshan Library is one of the cultural landmarks of Nanshan District, open all 365 days of the year. It has comprehensive reading rooms, children’s reading rooms, parent-child reading rooms and some other dedicated reading rooms for meeting the needs of different readers. Moreover, Nanshan Library holds activities for patrons including public lectures. It has also set up a public consultation room, which provides legal advice and psychological consultation for patrons.

Tel: 26520380

Add: 176 Changxing Road, Nanshan District 

Metro: Line 1 to Taoyuan Station (桃园站),Exit B

Shenzhen Science & Technology Library/University Town Library of Shenzhen 深圳市科技图书馆/深圳大学城图书馆

As the first library with the dual function of being both a public library and an academic library, the Shenzhen Library of Science and Technology is shared by the graduate schools of four universities: Peking University, Tsinghua University, Harbin Institute of Technology and Nankai University, and is open for use by local residents as well. Its mission, “All for the people, for all the people,” aims to serve the local students and faculty members, corporate researchers and knowledge-seeking residents.

Located at the heart of the campus, the Shenzhen Library of Science and Technology (also called the University Town Library), possesses the beauty of the crouching tiger and hidden dragon.

As the first library to combine the academia with the public, the University Town Library was designed to have a holding capacity of 1.5 million volumes, 3,000 seats, 1,700 data ports, and 8,000 visitors expected daily.

The library's interior design along with its architecture gives the building a feel of elegance. Grey and white mixed with orange create a vibrant theme. Spaciousness is applied on all floors, each of which has the same height and support beam distance and payload, making each level an advantageous site for patrons and the library's future expansion. It is a library where people enjoy reading and studying quietly and in peace.

Tel: 88866634

Add: 2239 Lishui Road, Nanshan District 

Metro: Line 7 to Xili Station (西丽站),Exit D

Futian District

Shenzhen Library 深圳市图书馆

Shenzhen Library was originally known as the former Bao'an County Library. Located in Shenzhen administrative and cultural center and close to the beautiful Lianhua Hill, Shenzhen Library is a large modern cultural facility sponsored and financed by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, occupying a surface area of 29,612 square meters and containing a total floor space of 49,589 square meters. The library provides a book collection capacity of 4,000,000 items, holds 2,500 reading seats and 3,000 net nodes, and can accommodate 8,000 readers per day.

Shenzhen Library styles itself in a remarkable way with intricate designs and a modern feel. The style of its architecture shifted from traditional to open-concept during recent renovations, freeing the interior of partitions and endowing it with ample and flexible-use space. The space has ever since reinforced Shenzhen's personality as a young and vital city.

Enjoying a collection of 2,450,000 volumes of books and periodicals and nearly 1,000,000 electronic and network documents of various kinds, Shenzhen Library has served almost 2,500,000 readers annually since its re-opening after renovations.

In response to the current economic, social and cultural situation in Shenzhen, the library has collected special resources regarding high technology, business, fashion, and law. It also contains local documents from Shenzhen and materials published in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

Official WeChat account: 深圳图书馆 (szlibrary)

Opening hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

Tel: 82841211, 82841212

WiFi: account: reader, register and log in by using the reader's ID number

Add: 2001 Fuzhong Road 1, Futian District

Metro: Line 4, Children’s Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit D

Futian Library 福田图书馆

Established in July 1999, Futian Library opened to the public in December 2001 and relocated to the Library Building, close to Lianhua Hill, in April 2008. It has 260,000 books, more than 20,000 audio files, 210 types of newspapers and 2,100 types of magazines. There are reading rooms for books, magazines, multimedia files, consultations, special files, local files, children's books and Braille. There are 1,000 seats in the library, which can serve 3,000 to 4,000 readers a day.

The library also offers a remote digital library for readers with about 20,000 digital books, 1,400 digital magazines and large search services. There are 11 branch libraries across the district.

Tel: 83055114 

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays)

Add: 70 Jingtian Road, Futian District

Metro: Line 2 to Jingtian Station (景田站),Exit C

Futian library's 24-hour self-service

Futian District Library in Jingtian has a 24-hour self-service area for readers to borrow, return and renew books.

Located at the west side of the library building, the self-service area has a few shelves of Chinese-language books on social sciences, natural sciences and literature, as well as children’s books.

To enter the area, readers must show their “City of Library” Shenzhen Library Network reader’s card at the entrance. The “City of Library” Shenzhen Library Network covers more than 200 public libraries in Shenzhen. There’s also an emergency button on premise.

Futian District Library’s Photo and Video Library 影像主题馆

Futian District Library opened a photo- and video-themed library outlet in Huaqiangbei on Dec. 27.

Located on the third floor of Huaqiang Electronics World’s podium building, the library has a collection of more than 4,000 books on photography, videography, TV and movie production. In the future, the library will host movie-showing and video-making salons, as well as photography lectures.

Add: Futian District Library’s Photo and Video Library, 3/F, Huaqiang Electronics World’s podium building, Huaqiangbei, Futian District 

Metro: Line 2 to Huaqiang North Station (华强北站), Exit A

Shenzhen Children’s Library 深圳少年儿童图书馆

Established on Nov. 5, 1997, Shenzhen Children's Library is a public library providing information services for children, educators and parents. The library has a collection of more than 200,000 books, 1,000 types of magazines, about 10,000 digital files and nearly 100 pieces of related equipment. Various cultural activities are held at the library on a regular basis.

Tel: 82093377, 82093477

Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

Add: 1011 Hongli Road, Futian District 

Metro: Line 3 to Tongxinling Station (通新岭站),Exit C

Line 3/9, Hongling Station (红岭), Exit B

Luohu District

Luohu District Library 罗湖区图书馆

Founded in 1985, Luohu Library provides literature lending, information consulting and other services for readers of different fields in Luohu District. By the end of 2011, Luohu Library had a collection of 730,000 books, 15 databases and 1,031 newspaper and periodicals.

Tel: 25403654

Add: 1014 Yijing Road, Luohu District 

Metro: Line 5 to Yijing Station (怡景站),Exit C

Ulibrary (Pengxing Community) 悠图书馆鹏兴社区

Tel: 22740587

Add: 1st Floor, Building 57, Pengxinghuayuan Community, Liantang Road, Luohu District

Ulibrary (Wenhua Community) 悠图书馆文华社区

Tel: 2511855

Add: 1st Floor, Building C, Xintiandi Building, Beidou Road, Luohu District

Ulibrary (C33 Innovation Industrial Park) 悠图书馆C33创新产业园

Tel: 22740232

Add: Room 112, C33 Innovation Industrial Park, 33 Cuizhubeilu Road, Luohu District

Ulibrary (Donghu Middle School) 悠图书馆  (东湖中学)

Tel: 25918861

Add: 1 Xin'an Road, Luohu District

Luohu District Library (Hongfa Temple) 罗湖区图书馆 (弘法寺分馆)

Tel: 25728534

Add: Fairylake Botanical Garden, Luohu District

Huangbei Subdistrict Library 罗湖区图书馆 (黄贝街道馆)

Tel: 25691329

Add: 6th Floor, Haitian Tower, Hailonghuayuan Community, Fenghuang Road, Luohu District

Guiyuan Subdistrict Library 罗湖区图书馆 (桂圆街道分馆)

Tel: 22231980

Add: 4th Floor, Block A, Building 7, Xianghonghuayuan Community, Songyuan Road, Luohu District

Ulibrary (Loushang Cultural and Creative Industries Park) 悠图书馆(楼尚文化创意产业园)

Tel: 22926619

Add: 3rd Floor, Building 803, 38 Zhanyi Road, Luohu District

Longgang District

Shenzhen Longgang Library 龙岗图书馆

Longgang Library, located in the east side of Longcheng Square in Longgang District, enjoys convenient transportation. Over 30 bus routes have set up a stop nearby. It’s a convenient 20 minutes' drive away from Shuiguan Expressway and Qingping Expressway.

Longgang Library touts a fully open and naturally divided layout, which makes it a flexible venue. It is also designed to optimize the use of natural lighting and ventilation, keeping a top-notch reading environment and saving energy.

Tel: 89558918

Add: Building D, Cultural Center, Longgang Central City, Longgang District 

Metro: Line 3 to Longcheng Square (龙城广场),Exit D

Bao’an District

Shenzhen Bao’an Library宝安图书馆

Covering an area of 31,854 square meters, Bao'an Library has 2000 seats and the ability to accommodate 10,000 readers per day. By the end of 2015, it had stored 947,000 books, 178,000 electronic books, 11 TB of digital resources and 20 databases. The entire premise of Bao’an Library offers full-coverage Wi-Fi, mobile reading, self-help printing and scanning, underground car parking, casual dining, and other related services.

Tel: 27387075

Add: 1 Baoxing Road, Bao’an District (opposite of Coastal Square) 

Metro: Line 5 to Baohua Station (宝华站), Exit D

Longhua District

Longhua Subdistrict Library 龙华街道办图书馆

Tel: 29571532

Add: Longhua Subdistrict Office, Longhua Cultural and Art Center on the intersection of Meilong Road and Donghuan 2 Road 

Yantian District

Yantian Library 盐田图书馆

By December in 2016, Yantian Library housed 719,000 books, 14 document databases (including three still on trial) and 1,203 journals. With the service aim of “Readers come first, service is supreme,” Yantian Library opens every day for readers all year round.

The service areas that the library provides include a children’s books lending area, children’s multimedia reading area, toy library, castle of books, newspapers and periodicals reading area, multifunctional lecture hall, E-reading area, maker space, audio-visual service area, local document room, 4D cinema, DIY activity center, and other functional areas.

Tel: 25227003

Add: 2128 Shenyan Road, Yantian District 盐田区深盐路2128号

Shatoujiao Library 沙头角图书馆

Founded in 1984 and covering an area of 1,000 square meters, Shatoujiao Library has a collection of 50,000 books, over 400 newspapers and periodicals, and 60 seats for reading. It contains a newsroom, E-reading rooms, self-study rooms, reader activity rooms and office areas, offering readers a comfortable place for learning. Shatoujiao Library also hosts various activities on social education and cultural communication, making the library a good place for citizens to take part in cultural education events.

Tel: 25352906

Add: 3rd to 4th floor of Hanhaidongan Building, 63 Guanxia Road, Shatoujiao, Yantian District 

Lighthouse Library 灯塔图书馆

The newly built community library is an ideal place for you to spend a quiet afternoon reading books and enjoying the sea view.

The library is located at the seaside and resembles a white lighthouse. More than 4,000 paper books and 3,000 e-books are available in the library, which is one of the 10 smart libraries that will be built in Yantian.

Tel: (86-755) 25352906

Add: 1019 2nd Haijing Road, Yantian District, Shenzhen (深圳市盐田区海景二路1019号)

Metro: Line 8, Haishan Station, Exit B(地铁8号线海山站B出口)

Pingshan District

Pingshan Children's Library 坪山少儿图书馆

Pingshan Children's Library, the city’s first district-level library for children, opened on April 24,2022. The 3,323-square-meter library is located at the Huahan Science and Technology Building in Longping Road, Pingshan District. The three-story library is designed to house 100,000 books and now has a collection of 50,000 books for children. It also has function rooms for role plays, training, playing with toys and an audiovisual room. 

Tel: 89667095

Add: 1st, 3rd floor of Huahankeji Building, Longping Road, Pingshan District 

Pingshan Children's Library. File photos

Pingshan Library 坪山图书馆

Pingshan Library officially opened to the public in Pingshan District on March 23, 2019.

The 10-story Pingshan Library covers a floor area of 13,200 square meters, providing more than 800 seats with a designed collection of at least 1.2 million books. It has also joined the citywide borrowing-and-returning service platform, meaning readers can return books they have borrowed from Pingshan Library to any of its counterparts in Shenzhen.

Contemporary Chinese philosopher, writer and scholar Zhou Guoping, who was appointed the library’s first director Nov. 19, 2018. Zhou’s writings cover a wide range of styles, from prose to poetry, documentary writing and translation of foreign works.

Zhou also has rich experience in managing books. He was a consultant of the National Library of China in 2007 and the honorary director of Hubei Provincial Library in 2013.

The Pingshan Library is also unique for its special collection on the sixth floor, where the works of eight scholars — including Han Shaogong, a famous Chinese novelist, Ding Xueliang, an academic instructor at Shenzhen University, Zhu Yongxin, a member of the standing committee of the CPPCC national committee and an educator, and Zhou — are housed. They will share their ideas and opinions with readers by recommending books and communicating with the public during literary salons.

In August 2021, the library won second prize at the Green Library Award presented by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Visitors can follow the library's official WeChat account "szpslib" for more information.

Tel: 8938-9955

Add: Huide Road, Pingshan Subdistrict, Pingshan District 

Transport: Take buses No.915, b760 and alight at Zhaoshanghuayuan  Community Health Care Center (招商花园社康中心)

Pingshan Library. File photo

Pingshan Culture Hall 坪山文化馆

On August, 2021, Pingshan Culture Hall opened to the public. Located at Chuangjing Road, the three-floor structure covers an area of more than 5,000 square meters and has a floor area of 4,000 square meters. It hosts an art book library, a children’s reading hall, an exhibition hall, a sound recording studio, an art creation studio, a dance studio and rooms for art training. It provides various cultural services for Pingshan citizens.

Tel: 28829672

Add: 23 Chuangjing Road, Pingshan District

Transport: B591, M195, M296, M327, M422, M440 and alight at Pingshan Foreign Languages School Wenyuan Campus (同心外国语文源校区)

Guangming District

Guangming District Library 光明区图书馆

Opened on August 15, 2012, Guangming District Library is a district-level public library in Shenzhen and a landmark cultural building. With a floor area of 10,000 square meters, the four-storied library has a collection of 250,000 books and more than 1,000 genres of magazines and newspapers.

With 600 seats, 89 computers and various electronic resources, the library consists of the Book Reading Area, Special Reading Room for the Visually Impaired, Newspaper Reading Room, E-reading Room, Reading Room for Children, Multimedia Exhibition Room, Self-study Room for Readers, Multifunctional Lecture Hall, and more dedicated facilities.

Citizens can walk in the library and read books, and no ID or membership is needed. However valid credentials are needed for borrowing books. The library adopts the FRID library management system, which enables readers to self check-in and check-out and to borrow and return books at any member library or city-level public library. The library is open to the public throughout the year.

Tel:21385370; 21385371

Add: 9 Zhenming Road, Guangming District 

Metro: Line 6 to Fenghuang City Station (凤凰城站), Exit C

Dapeng Library 大鹏图书馆

Dapeng Library, an A-level library in Shenzhen, is on the 4th floor of the Culture and Sports Center of the Dapeng Subdistrict Office, covering a construction area of 1,000 sqm. Dapeng Library has areas for different functions including a Library Reading Room, an E-reading Room, a Children’s Reading Room and a Room for the Classics. 

The library has a collection of 40,000 books and around 150 newspapers and periodicals. There are 96 seats for adult readers, 24 seats for children and 16 seats for e-reading.

Tel: 0755-84301390

Add: 4th Floor, Dapeng Culture and Sports Center, 37 Renmin Road, Dapeng Subdistrict Office, Dapeng New Area, Shenzhen (深圳市大鹏新区大鹏办事处人民路37号大鹏文体中心四楼)

Nan'ao Library 南澳图书馆

Nan'ao Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Nan'ao Subdistrict Culture and Sports Center, which covers a construction area of 950 sqm and has about 150 seats for readers. It houses a collection of 62,000 books for readers of all ages and different education levels, and includes a diverse variety of books covering history, geography, literature, philosophy, technology, military, and books for children and about health care. 

Tel: 0755-84400662

Add: 2nd Floor, Culture and Sports Center, 2 Renmin Road, Nan'ao Subdistrict, Dapeng New Area, Shenzhen (深圳市大鹏新区南澳街道人民路2号文体中心二楼)

Kuichong Library 葵涌图书馆

Kuichong Library has a special reading room called “Ocean Children-friendly Library” which covers an area of 150 sqm. The reading room features eight functional sections, namely, section for books, reading area, children’s paintings exhibition area, event photos wall, display area of marine creatures, puzzle games area, duty wall and small stage.

The library houses a collection of about 15,000 books for teenagers and children, 3,000 picture books and 1,500 ocean-themed books, which can meet the demand for children of all ages. The library has a capacity of 150 readers.

Tel: 0755-84206156

Add: 2nd floor, Kuichong Public Culture & Art Center, Building A5, Tongfuyu Industrial Area, Kuichong Subdistrict, Dapeng New Area, Shenzhen (深圳市大鹏新区葵涌街道同富裕工业园区A5栋葵涌公共文化艺术中心2楼)