Sir Robert Ho Tung Library

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Sir Robert Ho Tung Library
Biblioteca Sir Robert Ho Tung
何東圖書館
Biblioteca Robert Ho Tung, Macao, 2013-08-08, DD 01.jpg
Country China
Type Library
Established 1958
Location São Lourenço, Macau
Gardens of the library.
Sir Robert Ho Tung Library
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 何東圖書館
Simplified Chinese 何东图书馆
Portuguese name
Portuguese Biblioteca Sir Robert Ho Tung

The Sir Robert Ho Tung Library (Portuguese: Biblioteca Sir Robert Ho Tung; Chinese: 何東圖書館) is a public library in São Lourenço, Macau, China. A part of the Macao Public Library system, is located in St. Augustine’s Square in the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO world heritage site. The library is housed in a mansion that has good historical, cultural and architectural value.[1] The old building has the head office of the library system, located on the ground floor, and the offices of the Macao ISBN Agency, located on the second floor.[2]

History[edit]

The building was constructed before 1894 and was owned by Dona Carolina Cunha. Later the mansion was purchased by Hong Kong businessman Sir Robert Ho Tung in 1918 as a retreat and he lived there between 1941 and 1945. He died in 1955 and the building was presented to the Government for conversion to a public library in accordance with his will.

Sir Robert Ho Tung Library was officially opened in 1958 to the general public. In 2005, a new building was constructed near the back garden of the mansion, making the library the biggest public library in Macau.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://en.macautourism.gov.mo/sightseeing/sightseeing_detail.php?c=10&id=131#.U6Cq8ZRmO7g
  2. ^ "Services Brochure." Macao Public Library. p. 18/20. Retrieved on April 18, 2017. "Office Addresses and Office Hours[...]Office of Macao Public Library Largo de Santo Agostinho, No. 3 (i.e. GF, old building of Sir Robert Ho Tung Library)[...]Macao ISBN Agency Largo de Santo Agostinho, No. 3 (i.e. 2/F, new building of Sir Robert Ho Tung Library)"

Coordinates: 22°11′33″N 113°32′16″E / 22.19250°N 113.53778°E / 22.19250; 113.53778