Xuhui District Library was officially founded in July 1957 and evolved from Shanghai People Library Xuhui District Reading Room opened in 1953. In December 1990, Xuhui District Library was settled in the newly built courtyard building with an area of 5,426 square meters. To implement “Regulations on Public Culture & Sports Facilities” issued by the State Council, Xuhui District Government claimed back the northern building from its tenants in 2005 and renovated it with special fund into a high-class and finely equipped public venue for cultural activities.
Xuhui District Library is a nationally Grade A library and a model unit of Shanghai. Most of the books collected are about human science, with art and local literature as the characteristics. The library offers book lending, reading, special collection, western languages, and other services for children, the aged and also the blind readers. The library has set up Comprehensive Service Department, Reading Room, Lending Room, Theme Hall, Children Hall, Exhibition Hall, Self-study Room, Lecture Hall and classrooms. The library also provide free lectures and video playing over the weekends to entertain the public.
To share resources, Xuhui District Library has cooperated with the People’s Armed Police Force in Shanghai, Qingpu Prison, Shanghai Juvenile Recreational Institution, Xuhui District Federation of the Disabled and welfare institutions and set up joint libraries, helping them carry out reading or other cultural activities. In 2003, the library became a reading base for correctional subjects in Xuhui, offering reading lectures for offenders in the community and providing venue for welfare labor.
To expand the cultural service functions, the library often carries out various reading activities for the public, organizes classes of cultural interests and provides training. Meanwhile, the library has cooperated with schools nearby to reinforce ideological and moral education of the underaged.
In terms of digital resources, the library as the sub-center of cultural sharing project of xuhui, has developed and purchased a great amount of digital resources for readers inside the library. With VPN technology, readers can also log on the VPN account and get access to the digital resources outside the library.