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How can I get a library card?
Visitors need a card to search Dibrary’s main collection, accessible via the computers on the second floor.
To get one, go to the registration center on the ground floor and log on to one of the computers to sign up. Korean citizens need to bring their registration card; foreign nationals need to bring a passport or alien registration card.
The registration procedure is required only once. After their first visit, members can get the card by typing their ID and password into the computers in the main lobby. Members can also use a credit card or T-money card instead, but membership is free.
What services can members use?
Members can reserve computers for a maximum of three hours at the kiosks near the escalators on the second floor. The kiosks have large touch-screen monitors that operate in both Korean and English. The second floor is only open to people 16 years of age or older.
Once a computer is reserved, visitors can type in their ID and password to log in, but they will want to start using the computer within 10 minutes of making the reservation because for each 10 minutes that goes by without usage, the duration of the reservation will be reduced by an hour.
The card also provides access to conference rooms, recording studios, TV monitors in the Media Center, movie screening rooms in the Multiplex, and more.
But beware, visitors can only use reservation-only facilities such as the second floor kiosks, UCC studios and recording rooms for a combined total of three hours.
What is the Dibrary portal (www.dibrary.net)?
The portal allows users to search the digital content held by 471 domestic organizations, including the National Archives, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information and 70 government agencies, among others. It is also connected to domestic and foreign libraries. The full text can only be read at the library itself.
Dibrary is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Mondays. It is located in Banpo-dong, Seocho District, southern Seoul. To get there, head to Seocho Station, line No. 2, exit 6, or Express Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 7; or take buses 13, 20, 149, 730 or 5413. Parking is free for up to two hours. For more information, call (02) 535-4142 or visit www.dibrary.net.
By Limb Jae-un