The New Zhejiang Library Receives International Acclaim with Congratulations from Global Librarians
By Zhejiang Library | December 06, 2023
On the occasion of the official opening of the new Zhejiang Library, esteemed international figures in the library community have extended their warm wishes through congratulatory videos. Notable well-wishers include Barbara Lison, former President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Vadim Duda, Director of the Russian State Library, and Ahmed Zayed, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt.
The congratulatory messages highlight the significance of Zhejiang Library's new chapter and the global recognition it has garnered. Barbara Lison expressed her joy and anticipation for the positive impact the new library will have on the lives, work, and studies of many individuals. She commended Zhejiang Library for its significant contribution to the development of library services in China, wishing the library and its dedicated staff continued success.

Vadim Duda, while regretting his inability to attend the grand opening in person, congratulated the Zhejiang Library team on their tremendous success. Drawing parallels with the modernization project at the Russian Municipal Library, he emphasized the pivotal role libraries play in the post-industrial world as intellectual capitals. Duda expressed admiration for the innovative approach of modern libraries in both Russia and China, breaking conventions to become community hubs while preserving their traditional mission of safeguarding heritage, history, and cultural treasures.
Ahmed Zayed, Director of the renowned Bibliotheca Alexandrina, lauded Zhejiang Library's new facility as a significant symbol of China's commitment to building a knowledge and learning society. He highlighted the common vision shared by Alexandria Library and Zhejiang Library in fostering accessible institutions that bring communities together through diverse projects and activities. Zayed expressed optimism that the new cultural facility would provide valuable resources for the people of Zhejiang and beyond.
Last year, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Alexandria Library and Zhejiang Library, marking a crucial step in their collaboration. Both libraries, with vast digital collections and a commitment to preserving unique history and culture, are poised to share knowledge and experiences in library science, information management, and digitization. The collaboration is expected to encompass research projects, educational and training programs, public initiatives, and digital preservation projects.
In addition, Zhejiang Library also received blessings from library experts from France, the United States, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and other countries. All these congratulatory videos serve as a testament to Zhejiang Library's growing influence on the global stage, drawing admiration for its commitment to advancing library services, cultural enrichment, and international cooperation. As the new building opens its doors, these messages from esteemed international library leaders reflect the collective excitement and anticipation for the positive impact Zhejiang Library will continue to have on the global library community.