Brief History

The three primary functions of a university are education, research, and the promotion of services. The objective of setting up a university library is to harmonize with these functions. A library is a place to realize the pursuit of truth, the popularization of knowledge, and the cultivation of the mind. Founder and president Dr. Pao, Teh-Ming and co-founder Dr. Lee, Ying-Chao smoothed away vast difficulties to plan the building of a two-floor hexagonal library at the time of the school inauguration in 1957. They also donated a large number of books and bought others, making a total of more than 3,000 volumes.

The school set up two classrooms as a reading room and a collection room after moving to the current location in Shihlin in 1963. In October of the same year, work on a new four-story circular library began behind the Administration building. Over the ensuing thirty years, the library has continued increasing the number of books and updating facilities. In 1990, as part of efforts to establish a more modern environment, the school was promoted to a senior college, moved the collection to the Commercial Building and renamed it as the Library Building. Meanwhile, the library also set up a periodical room next to the faculty research rooms in Sun Yat Sen Auditorium. The library also introduced new technology to keep up with demands of faculty members and students, and to provide better services.

During the establishment of Taoyuan campus in March 1994, the college set up a branch of the library for faculty members and students in the Commercial Design Department. Keeping pace with needs of a rapidly developing campus, it set up a stack room on the first floor and a periodical room on the second floor for providing relevant resources to Departments of Applied Chinese, Applied Japanese, Applied English, Tourism, Commercial Design, Product Design and Interior Design. A modern high tech seven-floor library was completed in 1998 to serve faculty members and students on both Shihlin and Taoyuan campuses.