Readers Services

(1) Eligibilities

According to the National Central Library Reader Service Directions, people who meet one of the follows are eligible to apply for an NCL library card:

a. Taiwan (R.O.C.) citizens aged 16 years and over.

b. Registered as high school/ vocational school student, or those who own equivalent qualifications.

c. Foreign people aged 16 years and over, with a valid passport or valid certification issued by his/ her country’s embassy or by the Taiwan (R.O.C.) government.

(2) Required Documents: One of the followings:

  1. a. Valid Taiwan (R.O.C.) Citizen Identification Card;
  2. b. Valid Taiwan (R.O.C.) Driver’s License;
  3. c. Valid passport

(3) Place to Process the Application

To apply an NCL Library Card, it is necessary to come to the Library in person and present Citizen Identification Card or Driver’s License (Taiwan Citizens), or Passport (none Taiwan citizens) at the Library Card Service Counter located in the National Central Library lobby area. Address: 20 Zhung-Shan S. Rd. Taipei 10001, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

(4) Service Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00-20:30
Sunday: 9:00-16:30

* No services on Mondays and National Holidays

(5) For more information: +886-2-2361-9132 Ext. 218

In considering that in many high schools, students might work on research projects, and that this is a current trend in most developed countries, from 2011, the National Central Library therefore has adjusted the Library Card applicants’ age to be above 16 and for those who have registered as high school/ vocational school students. The Library expects that this new policy, allowing high school students to make use of the Library’s collections, could facilitate good research from high school.

The Library wants all users to apply for a Library Card because knowing who comes into the library is essential for ensuring a secure environment for all users. Besides, applying for an NCL Library Card means the applicant agrees to conscientiously obey the rules and regulations of the Library. In addition, it is necessary for users to have registered as a library user through applying a Library Card so that they could do online retrieval request when necessary.

Application for a NCL Library Card only required a valid Taiwan Citizen Identification Card (a valid passport for none Taiwan citizen). It is free of charge for the first application. It only takes a few minutes to get an NCL Library Card issued.

If a user forgets to bring Library Card, it is possible that the Library issues a Temporary Library Card for him/ her. However, each person is allowed to apply for Temporary Library Card for 3 times only. Applying for NCL Library Card for the first time is free of charge. For a lost card, replacement fee is NT$30.

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