The project to construct a Southern Branch of the National Central Library and National Repository Library held a foundation-laying ceremony in Tainan on November 13, 2018. Central and local government officials, legislators, and dignitaries from a variety of industries were in attendance. All witnessed the actualization of the vision “Make NCL Excellent, Make Taiwan Smart.”
Administrative Deputy Minister of Education Teng-chiao Lin stated in his remarks that this foundation ceremony marks the official beginning of the construction phase of the Southern Branch Library. He is also excited for the Southern Branch to infuse southern Taiwan with a new burst of energy for knowledge and research.
NCL Director-general Tseng Shu-hsien stated that the determination and resolution which the Ministry of Education and NCL have actively displayed in realizing a southern branch has been key to the success of the project. Currently efforts are in full force to carry out the Executive Yuan’s ratified plan. She believes that it will be completed on schedule and open for use at the end of 2021. This will greatly add to the library resources in Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan areas, as well as meet the needs of the citizens in counties and cities in central and southern Taiwan. Furthermore, it will promote scholarly research and a connection with international trends in the south of Taiwan.