In mid-August 2020, relying on a large number of valuable books donated by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, a foreign expert bookstore was set up on the first floor of our university’s library for exchanges and cultural understanding between Chinese and foreign teachers and students. The foreign expert bookstore covers about 92 square meters, has a collection of more than 2,000 volumes, and has an average daily visit volume of about 300 people.
The bookstore has an extensive collection of professional books in politics, economics, culture, diplomacy, and many other fields, which greatly enriches the library's collections in the field of China research. Nowadays,international teachers and students at the university can not only integrate and understand China through extensive reading in the bookstore,but also through in-depth reading. Moreover, they will be able to quickly access their teaching or project related-documents, allowing them to expand and deepen their research in their respective fields.
The bookstore has made a massive effort to display books and artifacts that proudly shows off Chinese culture. It is hoped that it will open up a new base for our university's international teachers and students to study professional materials and discuss Chinese culture. The bookstore is quick, convenient, and centralized access to a vast collection of multilingual books related to Chinese culture. They can also discuss and exchange research progress and results in their respective fields with experts from different countries specializing in different fields.
Many international students have expressed their love of China as well as of Chinese culture,this sentiment is represented by Canadian student Matthew, a master student of the School of Mathematics. They think that the bookstore's establishment is "a great move", which provides them with great opportunities for studying Chinese culture and reading books and materials at their convenience.
Since the bookstore's completion, the books on display have become one of the important sources for our library to study China. The bookstore has won wide acclaim from teachers and students. It has effectively contributed to the library's objectives of being a cultural ambassador and a facilitator of cultural understanding. In the future, XJTLU Library will continue to consider the foreign expert bookstore as the medium for studying China and cross-cultural communication. According to foreign teachers’ and students' needs and feedback, the bookstore will continue to expand the book collection, and provide high-quality service to international teachers and students. At the same time, the bookstore strives to expand its positive effect on foreign teachers, students, and international experts by expanding the content and creating an atmosphere conducive to learn about Chinese culture.