Apart from being famous for its hot springs, Beitou is also home to Taiwan’s first “green” library. This distinctive structure is located in the lush green environs of Beitou Hot Spring Park, near the Beitou Hot Spring Museum.
This library was the first building in Taiwan to receive the certification of “Green Building”. The structure makes generous use of French windows and natural light, and blends in with the surrounding environment. Built mainly of wood and steel, it resembles a large treehouse just waiting to welcome visitors.
Beitou Library is “green” from inside to outside! Part of the roof is covered in solar panels, which can store up to 16KW of power. The wooden balcony railing is also eco-friendly; its vertical design conserves energy by reducing the amount of heat-causing rays allowed to enter the rooms. Rainwater collected by the sloping roof’s drainage system is used to water the library’s plants and flush the toilets. Eco-friendly paint was also used, to reduce the amount of toxins released into the environment.
When you come to Beitou, besides having a nice soak in the hot springs, you can also visit the Beitou Library for some “forest bathing”—enjoying a good book surrounded by lush greenery, that is!
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- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Phone Number
- No.251, Guangming Rd., Beitou Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
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Perfectly match with surroundingBeitou Public Library is located in Beitou Park. Its architecture, like a resort hotel, is noticeable. It matches perfectly with surrounding. Even if you are tourist, you can go inside to take a look.
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Unique wood architectureAmid Taipei's concrete jungle, this wood construction stands out for its material and unique shape. It is Taiwan's first public green architecture.
Stunning ArchitectureBefore visiting Beitou Public Museum, we walked past this beautiful building. However, it was a pity that we didn't actually know it is a public library. Nevertheless, it provided a great landscape for photo taking.
Beautiful and PeacefulIf you want to get away from the congestion on Taipei and enjoy a book in a beautiful atmosphere this place should top your list. Nestled in the middle of Beitou Park just a short walk from Xin Beitou Station this Library is a real gem. For members of the famous author Trent Reedy’s “Library of the Day Club”, you may have seen this Library featured. The design blends in beautifully with the wooded surroundings and the inside is rugged and beautiful as well. Public bathrooms are available and there are three floors of books to peruse in both Chinese and English. The Library is a great place to take a rest and take in the Natural Beauty of Beitou. AllThatAsia gives this Book-Bank five stars!
Environmentally friendly libraryIf you want to visit a Taiwanese library or borrow some books in English or in Chinese, go to the Beitou Library, just in front of the Hot Spring Museum, in the Beitou Park. You can also spend as much time as you want reading here. During the summer months, it is a little bit less comfortable because the building is not equipped with AC. Take that into account!
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