A campus of books, a palace of culture --Information about Guangya High School Library


Along the long history of Guangya High School, we have been attaching great importance to building up fie campus culture. The school now is furnished with a standalone modern library building, named “Building Savoring”, which implies that there are so many valuable books there for students to savor and relish; it is a beautiful four-floor building, located at the intersection of the east-west axis and the south-north axis, with a floor area of 4,200 square meters.  The library building is furnished with central air-conditioned teaching reference room, student study hall, student reading room, e-reading room, circulating books hall and library lecture hall.  With complete functions and graceful environment, the library provides favorable conditions for students and the faculty to read and research. By the end of 2012, the school library has collected various books over 132,247 volumes, and provides more 400 newspaper and journals as booked. For so abundant resources, more and more students and teachers come to the library, as statistics show that 100% students have come to borrow books; what a reading loving campus population!


I.               Main library function rooms overview
The library building, from floor 1 to 4, is furnished with teaching reference room, student study hall, student reading room, e-reading room, circulating books room and library lecture hall. 
*   Teaching reference room: 96 square meters, housing all textbooks for students and teachers, all reference books as booked for handing out, and intra-school teaching materials for storage and backup. One librarian is designated to be in charge, who shall make efforts to ensure scientific and rational backup of teaching materials in addition to timely booking and distribution.
*   Salon room: A venue for literature salon, thematic reading exchange, class reading guidance and so on; the students can also come at will and share their thoughts with each other.
*   Student study hall: A venue for students to read and study, available to all readers. There are two rooms (Hall I and II), capable of accommodating 300 students or so.  As many college libraries at home and abroad, the halls are open to all student readers, who can just come with or without books. It never says “No” to readers.
*   Student reading room: 272 square meters, a venue for students to read magazines and newspaper; as a place for students to learn, extend horizons and read for recreation, the room is furnished with 110 seats. The room offers more than 400 magazines and more than 40 newspapers.
*   E-reading room: 237 square meters, equipped with 78 computers for students. All computers indoors make use of whole-course networked tracking and self-help card swiping, which help the students to make use of the Internet to their benefit, and develop independent, conscientious and civilized online manner. 
*   Circulating books hall, 543 square meters, an open-self teacher-student interactive book information pool, where humanized bookshelves are employed to make any book within the “hand reach” of readers. The hall provides the fundamental function of a library. In terms of design, the hall features long span and large space; in terms of management, it is completely open and accessible by readers, just like a supermarket; in terms of service, it integrates “storage, lending, reading and online research” into one. “Employment first”, “books for people, and people for books” are the ultimate service tenets of the library.
*   Library lecture hall: A venue for students to obtain reading guidance, library access orientation, and various lectures. 
II. Library service and employment
* Utilization of conventional paper resources: Conventional paper books and journals are still the foundation of the school library for the time being, which are widely utilized in the daily life students and teachers; and their construction and utilization are still important indicators for evaluating library construction and efficiency.  Listed below is the utilization information of the library over the last three years:
Total books out (volume)
Total return (persons)
Readers (times)
Book utilization rate (%)
Reader access rate (%)
Volumes per student
* Track service for better reading: To better promote reading among students and facilitate their gains, the library since 2010 has kept follow-up survey of students for their reading over the three years and their performance at the entrance examination for college, which is expected to come up with more scientific reading guidance strategy. Listed below are the follow-up survey results over the last three years:


* Conclusion: (1) In 2010, among the top 100 graduating readers in terms of volumes read over the past three years, 5 students did not attend the entrance examination for college, and the others, for both arts and science preferences, have higher key university enrollment than the average rate of the graduating senior class as a whole.
(2) In 2011, among the 110 top graduating readers, 7 students did not attend the entrance examination for college, and the other graduating students of arts enrolled to key university are 55.56%, which is 7.92% higher than the average rate of the graduating senior class as a whole.
(3) In 2012, among the 150 top graduating readers, except for the 12 students whole did not attend the entrance examination for college, and other 6 students like those from Xinjiang, the 132 students of arts and science surveyed enjoyed higher key university enrollment rate than the graduate senior class average, and the arts students surveyed in particular enjoyed as much as 18.45% higher key university enrollment rate. 
* Colorful thematic reading activities: “A campus of books” is centering on reading; to this end, the library invites some “famous personalities” to come, to stage all kinds of colorful and flexible thematic reading activities. 
l In 2007, professor Piaoyun Xie, from College of Liberal Arts, South China Normal University, came to deliver some special lecture on “reading and writing”;
l In 2008, Changtian Zhao, editor in chief of the Mengya magazine and “father of new concept” came to deliver a keynote speech on the literary meaning of new concept composition;
l In 2009, Xiaoming Zhao editor in chief of the Boys and Girls magazine came to deliver a special lecture on “Life, all for love and dream”;
l In the first semester of 2010, Yujun Yu a famous writer nicknamed “pigtail sister” came and delivered a lecture on “Reading and Growth”;
l In the second semester of 2010, Jianping Fu, professor of College of Liberal Arts, South China Normal University, director of Ancient Books Research Institute, and master degree candidate supervisor, came to deliver a special lecture on “Confucian Culture and Filial Duty”.

Thanks to our constant efforts, Guangya “campus of books” culture is blooming here and there, with students and teachers reading actively to add to our happiness. With books for campus and campus of books, a “reading-loving population” has been preliminarily established here; we librarians will make efforts as usual along our way for building a better Guangya, an everlasting classical campus and a holy hall of culture.



Guangdong Guangya High School

No.1 Xiwan Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou

Tel: 020-81261232


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