The library of the Confucius Institute in Sofia
In September 2015, CIS moved to a new building and had its new library. The current CIS library is located on an area of about a few hundred square metres and has nearly 20,000 books and over 2,000 pieces of audio-visual materials. Thus, it is one of the largest libraries among the Confucius Institutes in Europe. Most of the books and teaching materials are donated by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the National Library of China, the Bulgarian National Library, as well as by individuals.
Since the main functions of the CIS are distribution of Chinese language and popularisation of Chinese culture, the library has the following categories of printed materials: Chinese language learning; literature and art; history and geography; philosophy and religion; medicine and health care; foreign languages; social sciences and law; dictionaries and reference books; periodicals; maps; albums. The library offers books in Chinese, English, Russian, German, French, Bulgarian and other languages.
Under the guidance and with the help of Hanban and the Beijing University of Foreign Studies (BFSU), the CIS actively works to optimise various types of bibliographic resources, prioritising information resource management. The goal of CIS is to turn its library into a modern information centre about China, where all people interested in China can get thorough information.
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