Sino-Singapore Friendship Library to open in Tianjin

TIANJIN, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Sino-Singapore Friendship Library, a joint project between China and Singapore, will open to the public by the end of September in north China's Tianjin Municipality, local authorities said Tuesday.

The library is part of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City in Binhai New Area, an intergovernmental project between the two nations.

The library, with a total floor space of 67,000 square meters, will be home to some 1.5 million books and 1 million historical documents, according to Lyu Kai, spokesperson for the eco-city.

Robots will be used to help readers navigate around the library, and readers can borrow books by using their smartphone to scan the barcode.

The Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, inaugurated in 2008, is designed to strengthen environmental protection, conserve resources and build a harmonious society.

Besides the eco-city, there are currently two such cooperation initiatives between China and Singapore, namely the Suzhou Industrial Park in east China's Jiangsu Province and an intergovernmental project in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.