As one of the most famous private library in China, Jiaye Library is a microcosm of private library which has been transformed into a public library. It was known as the largest private library throughout the nation with the largest collections of 200,000 books stored in 882 delicate bookcases. The landscape design, architectural layout, fire and moisture prevention, book display, and even the decorative binding of the bookcases all fully reflect the wisdom and talent of traditional Chinese literati and skilled craftsmen.
At the scene, readers could know more about book drying through experiencing "inscription transmission", "engraving and printing", "book binding" and some other activities by themselves. While the online “Historical Documents Digital Repository of Zhejiang Province” not only inherits the course of national treasures and ancient books prevention, but also let the public get in touch with ancient books and traditions in their daily life.
Zhejiang Library started the digitization of rare books and special collections since 2010. Books from Hangzhou Public Library, Ningbo Library and other libraries in Zhejiang province provide rich resources for the establishment of the digital repository.
Holding the idea of simplicity and ease of use, the design of this online library focused on the collection and construction of data and set resources, platform and portal as one, forming a unique digital resources of historical documents in the province.
In addition, the easy-to-learn search operation supports field search, advanced search, exact matching, fuzzy matching and other clusters. In terms of functional configuration, the basic principle is providing comfortable, safe, convenient and efficient services to the users. Based on the ancient books and other related materials collected by the public libraries of the province, the digital repository collects about 2283 kinds of digitized ancient books, about 55,000 volumes, of which 2,070 kinds came from Zhejiang Library and 213 kinds from other city and county libraries in the province.