Hangzhou Municipal Library was established in July 1958.
With 85 staff members the current library building covers an area of 5,848 square meters. It includes Logistics Management Department, Editing and Collecting Department, Tutoring Department, Special Collection Department, Lending and Reading Department, Computer Department, Information Department and Readerí»s Service Department etc.
It offers a collection of more than 900,000 volumes including more than 50,000 ancient books and 4,473 rare books. Canon of Ming Dynasty (the only copy extant), Secret History of Han and Tang Dynasties, Dreams of The Red