Libraries & Book Exchanges
National Library of China
Ranked 5th in the worlds libraries and home to over 24 million books. Open daily from 09:00. See website for closing times for individual sections. At 33 Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian, Beijing.
Australian Embassy Library
Collection of around 1000 novels and non-fiction titles as well as magazines. Photocopy of passport required for book borrowers. Open Monday to Friday from 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:30. At 21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
British Embassy Annex
Selection of books on British education and universities. Open Monday to Friday from 09:00-17:00. At Cultural and Educational Section, Landmark Tower, 4th floor, 8 East 3rd Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Refurbished and reopened in 2003, library with over 3.5 million books including art, history and drama. Foreign language books, newspapers and periodicals. Open daily from 09:00-19:30. At 88 Dongsanhuan Nan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Scholastic Childrens Library
Library with a selection of books for young children. Library cards available. Open Wednesday to Friday from 09:00-18:00 and weekends from 09:00-19:00. At 1B1-35-37 Solana, 1 Nonzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Funfunreading English and French Library
Library with thousands of classic books in English, French and Chinese including audio books and text books for language learning. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-18:00. At Unit 1603, Bldg 3, Block A, Sanlihe Er Qu, Xicheng District, Beijing.
American Center for Cultural Exchange Library
Reference library with over 3,000 titles on American politics, laws, and economics, government reports plus 100 periodicals. Open Monday to Friday from 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00. At Room 2801, Jingguang New World Hotel, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
J. Kirby Simon Childrens Library
Childrens library open Saturday from 10:00-12:00. At 4/F Pacific Century Place, 2A Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Le Petit Gourmand
French bar and restaurant with a lending library with selection of English and other foreign language titles. Open daily from 09:00-24:00 (bar until 02:00). Most credit cards accepted. At 3/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Canadian Embassy Library
Open by appointment only to Canadian citizens. Has a small selection of novels. At 19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Beijing Haidian District Library
Open Monday to Friday from 08:00-18:00 (closed Tuesday pm) and weekends from 09:00-16:00. At 1-4F/C, Haixing Building, 16, Danleng Jie, Haidian District, Beijing.