The Multicultural Library, located on the eighth floor of the north building, is about 1,000 square meters and features a circulation area, reading areas, a space for activities and collaborative work as well as other functional spaces. The library collects materials from numerous countries in various languages. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, and offers lending and reference and information services. The library is a center for multicultural resources and provides a platform for communication and interaction.

 

    The foundation of the Multicultural Library's collection is composed of materials from Guangzhou's sister city libraries and the consulates of various nations. The collection includes works from and about a multitude of nations including the United States, Germany, France, and China. The collection will contain about 75,000 volumes from both domestic (including Taiwan and Hong Kong) and international publishers. The materials focus on culture, literature, art, history, and geography. A few of languages represented in the collection include Chinese, English, French and German. It strives to show culture and ethos of the various nations and regions represented in the collection.

 

    Relying on multicultural resources, the Library will advance cooperation with Guangzhou's sister city libraries. In cooperation with consulates and other social institutions and organizations, the Multicultural Library will host exhibitions, lectures, and other activities. The newly created library is a space for the sharing information and acts as an open forum for multicultural exchange.

 

The issue of the “Living Library” activity took place in July, 2013. "Living books” from Japan, China, the United States, India, Canada and Mexico participated in the activity.
The opening ceremony of the Mexican event in cooperation with the Mexican Consulate General in Guangzhou -“Trip Around the World-Stop 1: Mexico Beyond Your Imagination”, September, 2013.
Dance performance during the opening ceremony of the Mexican event, September, 2013.
“Living Library” activity during the Mexican event, September, 2013.
The opening ceremony of the French event in cooperation with the French Consulate General in Guangzhou and the Alliance Francaise de Canton -“Trip Around the World-Stop 3: When French Sensibilities Encounter the Complexities of China - Commemorating 50 Years of Chinese-French Diplomatic Relations”, January, 2014.
“Living Library” activity during the French event, January, 2014.
The opening ceremony of the Indian event in cooperation with the Indian Consulate General in Guangzhou-“Trip Around the World-Stop 5: Destination India”, May, 2014.
“Living Library” activity during the Indian event, May, 2014.
The opening ceremony of the New Zealand event in cooperation with the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal Government, the Guangzhou Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and the Consulate General of New Zealand in Guangzhou-“Trip Around the World-Stop 6: A Shared History: New Zealand Connections with Old Guangzhou”, June, 2014.
“Not So Far Apart” photography exhibition co-organized with the Consulate General of the United States in Guangzhou, July, 2014.
The delegation led by the mayor of Vancouver, Canada, paid a visit to the library in November, 2013.
The delegation led by the mayor of Milan, Italy visited the library in November, 2013.
The delegation led by the city council leader of Birmingham, England visited the library in November, 2013.
The Consul General of the United States in Guangzhou paid a visit to the library in September, 2013.
The mayor of Lyon, France visited the library in July, 2013.
MOU signing ceremony with the Lyon Municipal Library on the occasion of the 25 anniversary of the sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Lyon witnessed by the mayors of Guangzhou and Lyon, July, 2013.
MOU signing ceremony with the Birmingham Library on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the New Guangzhou Library in July, 2013.
MOU signing ceremony with the Vancouver Public Library during the visit of the delegation led by the mayor of Vancouver, Canada, November, 2013.
The Consulate General of Philippines in Guangzhou donated books in June, 2013.
The Consulate General of Japan in Guangzhou donated books in July, 2013.
Luo Jiahui, the former U.S. Ambassador to China donated books to the library at the Consul General of the United States in Guangzhou, in August, 2013.
The Consulate General of Mexico in Guangzhou donated books in March, 2014.