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  • SpaceRook
  • Expert Waygook

    • 814

    • November 18, 2010, 11:54:36 am
    • South Korea
Getting a library card?
« on: December 27, 2010, 03:01:05 pm »
Hello,

Has any foreigner here obtained a Korean library card?  How easy is it to get?  ("도서관 카드 주세요"?) What documents do you need?   

Thanks.


  • Darkeru
  • Expert Waygook

    • 704

    • September 08, 2010, 01:03:17 pm
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2010, 03:02:24 pm »
On a related topic - do the libraries have many (if any) English language books?
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  • prodigious1one
  • Adventurer

    • 31

    • November 08, 2010, 08:14:47 pm
    • Eonyang, Ulsan, South Korea
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2010, 03:04:24 pm »
Hi,

I live in Eonyang, near Ulsan.  I got a library card from the Ulju-gun library.

I needed my alien registration card and my passport to get the library card.

Aaron


  • jdaigle05
  • Waygookin

    • 20

    • June 17, 2010, 08:13:57 am
    • Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2010, 03:07:22 pm »
I live in Gyeonggi-do (Hwaseong). It was very easy from me. All I needed was the ARC. Of course, it's kind of worthless because there are no English books. I got the library card because there was such a good DVD selection. Then they told me I can't check out DVDs. grrr...


  • zongal2012
  • Veteran

    • 145

    • September 01, 2010, 09:08:26 am
    • Gangwondo
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010, 03:09:07 pm »
Live in Gangwon - got a library card but they only have 10 English books( half of them Harry Potter). I needed a passport sized photo and my ARC.


Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010, 03:11:58 pm »
I got a library card in Daegu with only my ARC. The form was all in Korean, I was there with a co-teacher. It only asked name, address, phone number, ARC number. They added a note to it about what school I worked at - maybe so they could contact me in Korean? The card works at all libraries in Daegu.

Suseong and Dongbu library have only kids books, or some random reference books (mostly medical) in English. Downtown have young adult and adult fiction in English.

I haven't been to the others or other cities, but I imagine a similar rule would apply, that the biggest library is the best for English.


  • kissdisap
  • Veteran

    • 83

    • September 06, 2010, 07:49:04 am
    • seoul
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2010, 03:39:13 pm »
On a related note, where are all the libraries in Seoul?

I've looked but haven't found anything.

Anyone know of a library in Seoul with a decent amount of English books?  Preferably around Sillim or Sadang stations?


  • prodigious1one
  • Adventurer

    • 31

    • November 08, 2010, 08:14:47 pm
    • Eonyang, Ulsan, South Korea
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011, 02:16:03 pm »
Hi,

I went to the National Library in Seoul.  It is very nice, but I did not look for English books, however, I think they have books in various languages.

You can also try the university libraries.  Koreans love to learn English, so in Seoul libraries there should be ample amounts of books in English.

I live in a small town and even in our sole library there are maybe 30 books in English.  This is relatively few, but it's something.  Thus, the largest city of the country must have a fair number of books.

There is the Busan English Library, so you might find a library devoted to English literature in Seoul.  If you are interested in buying books then try What the Book?, a bookstore in Seoul.  I believe that they also have a website.


  • ESmith4
  • Veteran

    • 110

    • April 23, 2010, 03:54:25 pm
    • Korea
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2011, 02:28:44 pm »
I live in Gyeonggi-do (Hwaseong). It was very easy from me. All I needed was the ARC. Of course, it's kind of worthless because there are no English books. I got the library card because there was such a good DVD selection. Then they told me I can't check out DVDs. grrr...

Did they say why you couldn't check out DVDs? I wonder if that's a blanket rule or just for waygooks...

Has anyone else tried to check out something besides a book?
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  • misskris
  • Expert Waygook

    • 558

    • October 08, 2010, 02:46:41 pm
    • seoul
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2011, 02:39:08 pm »
Where is the National library in Seoul?


  • girodimo
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    • 36

    • June 03, 2010, 05:57:20 am
    • Korea
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Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2011, 02:48:28 pm »
I live in Seoul, Dongdaemun-gu. 동대문구정보화도서관‎ The library only needed my ARC. I can't say much for the English book selection.


  • Jrong
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    • April 28, 2011, 12:52:32 pm
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Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2011, 02:53:50 pm »
Does anyone know if there is a public lib in Seoul with a good English selection?
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  • dmhr25
  • Super Waygook

    • 299

    • October 03, 2010, 04:07:38 pm
    • Incheon
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2011, 03:20:51 pm »
I live in Incheon.  It was incredibly easy.  I just brought in my ARC and they gave me one.  The library in my neighborhood has lots of English books - though most are at a teenage level (Twilight, Harry Potter, etc.)  However, they have an AMAZING DVD collection.  It's better than Blockbuster, seriously.

My library also has a lot of great learn Korean materials.


Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2011, 10:21:36 am »
In Ilsan, the library at the Opera House and Arts Center has a wide selection of English books.  A huge room full of them.  The best that I seen in Korea.  It also carries a small selection of Japanesse books.  The room is done in the basement.

All I needed to show was my ARC and my phone address.  I got my card in about 20 minutes. 


  • popeye2u
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    • 877

    • April 05, 2011, 09:45:37 am
    • S of N. Korea
Re: Getting a library card?
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2011, 10:05:57 am »
ya...just needed ARC card for library in Suwon.  Not a big selection of english books but tons of korean books!
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