In the USA, we have many fine libraries. The New York Public Library, which I have visited, is astounding. They have a veritable treasure trove of books, but of also documents relating to New York and early American history. Korea has three national libraries. There is the National Assembly Library of the Republic of Korea. Like the Library of Congress, it primarily serves the legislature. However, it is open to the public. You just can’t take anything with you. Everything has to be perused onsite. Likewise, there is the National Library of Korea. This library is also open to the public and I am hoping to visit fairly soon. It has been a while since I’ve visited a library, so I am hoping to get a card. Like the National Assembly Library, you can’t take anything with you and everything must remain on-site. But foreigners are permitted to use the collections. Like the Library of Congress, you aren’t allowed to peruse the stacks. Rather, you submit your request to a librarian and they find the books you want.
I stumbled across Korea’s third national library not long ago. This is the National Library for Children and Young Adults. It has a collection of over 300,000 books geared towards children and teenagers. Over 12,000 of the volumes are from Western countries. They also keep children’s books from North Korea, from China, from Japan, and from quite a few other Asian nations. I am interested in visiting this library, as they have a collection of books on the theory and practice of education.
In case you would like to see what they have on offer, please visit their English website by clicking on the link below.