Library user guide

How to join the library?
Joining the Library is simple and free! You can then enjoy an array of Chinese books or Chinese arts and culture related English books, ranging from Chinese classics, language learning, contemporary art, Chinese ancient philosophy and much more. All you need is to register membership by completing this simple form on this page. Alternatively, you visit us at our library during the open times.

Please bring 2 forms of ID, one with proof of address the first time borrowing. For ID, you could use a council tax letter, bank statement, utility bill or mobile phone bill as your proof of address. You could use a bank card, student card, driving licence or passport as your other form of ID.

What can I borrow?
Once you become a member for our library you can borrow up to 4 books at a time for a period of 4 weeks.

How do I return and renew books?
Books can be returned outside our library opening hours, by depositing the book at our office at Basement 32, Baltic Chambers, located in city centre. Please inform beforehand by emailing so we can send further instructions of the safe deposit. It will be your responsibility to keep us informed to avoid the situation of lost books.

For reservations and renewals, please email

Overdue books
We value our library users and hope to maintain a respectful and enriching library experience. Overdue books will not be fined but you will receive successive reminders. Our books are mainly donated and we do not have budget to replace missing / damaged books. Please support the sharing of community resources and bring your book(s) back on time.

Library events
We deliver book sharing events regularly with a Chinese English language exchange chat group alongside. Interested to host or join us? Enquire more by emailing

Library opening times

Please check our events.
We open mostly on Wednesdays 12:00-19:00. You will get our most up to date times each week on our events. Feel free to get in touch to check.
We would like to hear from those interested in our library about their preferred library opening hours. Let us know your opinion here.


Ricefield Arts Library Room
Suite 124 Baltic Chambers
50 Wellington Street
G2 6HJ


If you have books at home that are in Chinese or Chinese culture related, and you would like to share this resource with the community, please do not hesitate to bring it to us. Donations are collected at all our events and workshops, The National Library of Kelvinhall, as well as our library location.

Our Partner location

The National Library of Kelvinhall - the Moving Image Archive
Kelvin Hall
1445 Argyle Street
G3 8AW

We have installed a mini swap library at the Moving Image Library. You will be able to self service book swapping.

The next event...

Wed 27

Library is Open

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apr 03

Library is Open

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apr 10

Library is Open

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apr 17

Library is Open

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apr 24

Library is Open

April 24 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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