We know that Japanese people like to read, so much so that there are thousands of manga, light novels and books released weekly. Even in bathrooms you can find a library or a bookshelf to read. In this article we will show what a municipal library in Japan looks like (市立図書館 - Shiritsu toshokan).
Why are we going to talk specifically about Japan's municipal libraries? To show that the Japanese government really cares about the education of the population and invests heavily in knowledge and culture instead of leaving the population stupid to manipulate it ... And of course, a library in Japan is an incredible thing to see!
Japan's municipal libraries are public places maintained by population taxes that allow any local citizen to borrow books or do research and read on the spot. Of course, each city has its own library that can vary, but many look gigantic like an airport and go far beyond books.
A municipal library in Japan
Japanese municipal libraries can go far beyond a place that offers books. They can show concerts, presentations and offer courses and other interesting opportunities. Some have multiple floors and support for other languages, thus showing how well public money is spent in Japan.
Even studios and museums you can find in a library in Japan.
Some libraries even offer books in the Portuguese language. You can read on the spot and notice that the libraries are full of people and not a desert as it used to be in our beloved Brazil. To pick up any book just register at a municipal library in Japan.
Let's leave a video below that shows in detail what a library in Japan looks like:
Some characteristics of libraries in Japan
Some municipal libraries in Japan even dispense with contact with employees. There are libraries where you can just go in and pick up the book without presenting documents or filling out forms. After reading it you don't even need to put it in place, just leave it in a designated place and the employees put it back on the shelves.
There are screens that can help you find the exact location of a book on a certain floor or sector. The first time you want to take a book home you will need to register and win a magnetic card that will be used to pick up and return the borrowed books.
In addition to books you will find gigantic areas to rest and relax while reading. In addition, in these libraries in Japan you will find copiers, internet, desks, children's areas and parking lots just like shopping malls. All this for free! Plus, you will find convenience stores and restaurants on site or around.
Some libraries exceed 500,000 books and can be open every day. Japanese libraries are a big envy and one of the responsible for Japan being an organized, peaceful and prosperous country. What did you think of Japanese libraries? What do you think of sharing so that people know the importance of knowledge?