Founder Pao and President Lee have always emphasized library software and hardware. They have increased the number of books and added new facilities in order to keep pace with the needs of teaching and research. The library collection reached 600,000 volumes in April 2008. The collection has increased by more than 50,000 books per year including categories such as history, management, information, literature, and social sciences. In addition, the Taoyuan branch houses categories such as design, tourism, as well as Chinese, Japanese and western literature. For example, the library spent over 1,000,000 NTD to establish a collection of Siku Quanshu.
There are over 2,000 kinds of Chinese and foreign periodicals and 27 kinds of Chinese and English newspapers, almost 56,300 types of non-book materials, 120 types of CD-ROM, 718 types of microfilm, 40,000 electronic books, the Taiwan New Business Information Directory, the Government Information Office Newspaper Clipping System, STICNET and TANET, and so on.
The Shihlin library was expanded from three floors to five. The first floor was used for stacks, the second floor for a periodical reading room and a reference section, and the third floor as a reading room with 360 seats. The library will be extended from three floors to five. The first floor is designated for a limited number of stacks. The second floor houses stacks with Chinese books, the reference collection, the faculty reference collection, and theses. The third floor is designated as an Online Retrieval area, Multimedia Center, and Language Self-learning Area. The fourth floor is designated for periodicals and an academic journal area, newspaper area, office, and small meeting room. The fifth floor is an independent reading room with its own air-conditioning system to provide a comfortable reading environment. In addition, multiple reading tables and chairs on each floor allow readers to study and read comfortably. At the present, the Taoyuan library is comprised of three floors. The second floor is used as an audiovisual room, a reference section and a reading room of periodicals, newspapers, and maps. The third floor is a stack room of Chinese and Japanese books and a reading room. The fourth floor houses English books, old periodicals, and newspapers. There are about seven hundred seats in the reading rooms, and there are four meeting rooms. The library provides management with a personal touch and a rapid data retrieval service.
The two campuses set up a T1 high speed network for doing data searches at both branches. Users may borrow and return any book at either of the two branches. The library spent almost 3 million NTD to introduce the URICA automatic management system in 1995, and began using it the following year. Meanwhile, together with the Information Management Department, the library established a server and official website, created a multimedia library guide system, and a “40 Years at Ming Chuan” CD-ROM.