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Library celebrates centenary by embracing technology

THE National Library of China, which celebrated its 100th birthday yesterday in Beijing, is expanding its digital services to make thousands of books available online, according to Shanghai Morning Post today.

Exhibitions of its notable collections, some of which date back to the 12th century, will be shown on the Internet, according to curator Zhan Furui.

And people of Chinese descent will be able to trace their ancestry by consulting the library's entire collection of genealogical charts online, the report said.

The library, which is the largest in Asia and the third largest in the world, is also updating its services for readers and scholars. Users will be able to order and pay for copies of documents online, which will be then posted directly to them.

The centennial exhibition features inscriptions on oracle bones dating back to the Shang Dynasty (1766BC-1050BC).


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