National Library of Korea

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National Library of Korea
National Library of Korea logo.svg
EstablishedOctober 15, 1945 (75 years ago) (1945-10-15)
LocationBanpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Legal depositLibrary Act, art. 20
Access and use
Circulationlibrary does not publicly circulate
Population servedall citizen (age over 16)
Other information
DirectorSuh Hye Ran, Chief Executive
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGungnip Jungang Doseogwan
McCune–ReischauerKungnip Chung'ang Tosŏgwan

The National Library of Korea is located in Seoul, South Korea and was established in 1945.[1] It houses over 10 million volumes, including over 1,134,000 foreign books and some of the National Treasures of South Korea.

It was relocated within Seoul, from Sogong-dong, Jung-gu to Namsan-dong in 1974, and again to the present location at Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, in 1988. It was transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Culture in 1991.

The Mission and Responsibilities of the National Library of Korea[edit]

The National Library of Korea's main purpose is to "contribute to the development of the nationals knowledge through comprehensive collection of domestic and foreign knowledge, safe preservation, and prompt provision' in order to preserve the intellectual and cultural heritage of Korea and raise the level of knowledge/information for Koreans."[2] The National Library of Korea guarantees that the national knowledge collected by them is preserved by them and shared with the world.

Purpose of the Collection Development Guidelines:

The purpose of the National Library Collection Development Guideline is to provide standards and priorities for the collection development and conservation management of the National Library" Their goal is to establish a  foundation for future collection development. [3]

Basic direction of collection development:

The National Library of Korea shall collect as many national documents to be registered and preserved for the people of Korea and the World to "ensure the use of the present and future generations." The National Library of Korea prioritizes information related to the cultural heritage of Korea above all else. You can also read a detailed guideline on their collection development policies in the link below. [4]

Mission Statement for the National Library of Korea[edit]

The National Library of Korea transmits the knowledge and Cultural heritage of the Republic of Korea, enriches the intellectual life of the people, and contributes to the cultural development of the country and Society."[5]

The National Library of Korea's Vision is to be a Library that enriches the lives of people.

Their Four Goals:

1. Advancement of the foundation for access and conservation of national knowledge resources Strengthening the collection of national knowledge resources Expanding the role of the National Bibliographic Data Center Reinforcement of integrated management of old Korean literature Strengthening the capacity to preserve national knowledge resource.

2. Reinforcement of user-centered national library service. Research and Policy Support Library Services. Knowledge information service for various levels. Library promotion and marketing.

3. Maximizing library cooperation and leadership. Hub of professional education for human resources in the library. Improving national status through international exchanges and cooperation. Creating and revitalizing the foundation for inter-Korean library cooperation

4. Intelligent library digital service. Expansion of national digital collection Smart digital service implementation. Sharing digital services and strengthening cooperation. [6]

Digital Collection[edit]

The National Library of Korea possesses an extensive digital collection containing an archive for the Korean Newspaper, Gazette, Records relating to Korea's history with foreign relations and records relating to the history, research, and art that has been created in South Korea. Many of these resources are acceptable to anyone who accesses their website. They also possess digital repositories for their patrons/members.[7]

Public transport connection[edit]

Exterior of National Library of Korea

The library is served by Seoul Subway Lines 3, 7 and 9 which all connect at Express Bus terminal Station.

Collection Statistics[edit]

As in November 2020;[8]

Total Domestic Books Foregin Books Non Books Old Books
12,768,751 9,158,363 1,552,489 1,771,738 286,161

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "국립중앙도서관". (in Korean). Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  2. ^ "국립중앙도서관". (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  3. ^ "국립중앙도서관". (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  4. ^ "국립중앙도서관". (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  5. ^ "국립중앙도서관". (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  6. ^ "국립중앙도서관". (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  7. ^ "국립중앙도서관". (in Korean). Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  8. ^ "국립중앙도서관". (in Korean). Retrieved 4 March 2021.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°29′51.14″N 127°0′11.74″E / 37.4975389°N 127.0032611°E / 37.4975389; 127.0032611