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Best Bookstores and Libraries in Shanghai

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Interested in finding the best bookstores and libraries in Shanghai? Here is a great list to get you started exploring the world of books and more in Shanghai.

Shanghai Book City

Shanghai Book City is one of the largest bookstores in Shanghai, offering an extensive collection of books across multiple floors, including literature, art, and textbooks.

Website: www.shbc.com.cn
Address: 465 Fuzhou Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai

Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore

This bookstore specializes in foreign language publications, providing a wide selection of books in English and other languages, as well as learning materials.

Website: www.shflb.com
Address: 390 Fuzhou Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China

Fang Suo Commune

Fang Suo Commune is a stylish and modern bookstore that offers a curated selection of books, lifestyle products, and a café, creating a unique cultural experience.

Address: B2/F, 600 Zhongshan East 2nd Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China

Zhong Shu Ge

Zhong Shu Ge is a visually stunning bookstore known for its creative interior design, offering a tranquil environment for book lovers to explore a diverse range of titles.

Address: L5-507, 5001 Dushi Rd, Minhang District, Shanghai, China

Garden Books

Garden Books is a cozy bookstore with a selection of English-language books, magazines, and a café, making it a popular spot for expats and English-speaking locals.

Address: 325 Changle Rd, Jing'an District, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Library

Shanghai Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world, with an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and digital resources, as well as cultural events and exhibitions.

Website: www.library.sh.cn
Address: 1555 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei

Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei, also known as Xujiahui Library, is a historic library with a rich collection of ancient books and manuscripts, particularly strong in works related to the history of Shanghai and Jesuit contributions to China.

Address: 80 Caoxi North Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Science and Technology Library

This library focuses on science and technology literature and provides a modern space for research, study, and public science education activities.

Website: www.sstl.sh.cn
Address: 2000 Century Ave, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Children's Library

Shanghai Children's Library is dedicated to young readers, offering a vast collection of children's books, multimedia resources, and engaging educational activities.

Website: www.shchildren.com.cn
Address: 1555 Huaihai Middle Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Municipal Library of Historical Documents

This library houses a significant collection of historical documents, rare books, and genealogical records, serving as an important resource for researchers and historians.

Address: 218 Chongqing South Rd, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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