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National Library of Korea
National Library of Korea logo.svg
EstablishedOctober 15, 1945 (75 years ago) (1945-10-15)
LocationBanpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Legal depositLibrary Act, art. 20
Access and use
Circulationlibrary does not publicly circulate
Population servedall citizen (age over 16)
Other information
DirectorSuh Hye Ran, Chief Executive
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGungnip Jungang Doseogwan
McCune–ReischauerKungnip Chung'ang Tosŏgwan

The National Library of Korea is located in Seoul, South Korea and was established in 1945. It houses over 10 million volumes, including over 1,134,000 foreign books and some of the National Treasures of South Korea.

It was relocated within Seoul, from Sogong-dong, Jung-gu to Namsan-dong in 1974, and again to the present location at Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, in 1988. It was transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Culture in 1991.

Public transport connection

Exterior of National Library of Korea

The library is served by Seoul Subway Lines 3, 7 and 9 which all connect at Express Bus terminal Station.

Collection Statistics

As on November 2020;

Total Domestic Books Foregin Books Non Books Old Books
12,768,751 9,158,363 1,552,489 1,771,738 286,161

See also

External links


  • Choi, Yoon Kyung; Chung, Yeon-Kyoung (2014). "A Study on Improvements for High Quality in National Library of Korea Subject Headings List". Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science. 48 (1): 75–95. doi:10.4275/KSLIS.2014.48.1.075. ISSN 1225-598X.


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