Do you live in Daegu and love books? If your answer is yes, Beomeo Library is just the place for you! In South Korea, there are public libraries in every city that can be used by anyone regardless of age and nationality. So, in this article, I would like to recommend an amazing public library in Daegu!
About Boemeo Library
Beomeo Library is in Suseong District and is easy to find because near the subway station. You can take subway line 2 to Beomeo Station and go to exit 8. The library will be on the left side. Beomeo Library has five floors plus a basement, each floor provides materials except 1st floor.
The following is an explanation of each floor.
Basement: Baby and Children’s Material
1st Floor: Gallery, Head of Library Office, Staff Office
2nd Floor: International Material, Cafe
3rd Floor: General Material 1 & 2
4th Floor: General Material 3 (Multimedia Room), Culture Classroom
5th Floor: Education Room, Scholarship, Teenager Counseling Center
The Busiest Floors
The third and fourth floors of Bomeo Library are the busiest.
Third floor or the general material floor is the favorite place visited by Korean. Not only is it the place to borrow books, but you can also study or read there. When I came, it was 6-7 pm and the next day was a long weekend. Nevertheless, a lot of people were there, from teenagers to adults.
There are various genres of books in General Material. Science, history, psychology, and literature. There are even books for those with dementia and books with big letters for people who have difficulty seeing.
The fourth floor is also for general material, however, it is most similar to a multimedia room. This is a room for using public computers or your own laptop. Remember, multimedia rooms always are separated from the general room in a Korean library.
Another unique feature is movies. Here you can watch movies. You have to select a movie from the list, let the staff know, and then go to the DVD watching space. Another room is a Culture Classroom, which is open for special courses.
The second floor was made just for foreigners and those interested in global languages and cultures.
All materials on the second floor are in English or other languages, such as Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Turkish, and even some languages I didn’t recognize. This place is visited mostly by children and teenagers who are learning English. However, you may be able to find books in your native language there! This space also has public computers that you can use and it is not as crowded as some of the other floors.
On the right side of the room, there is a Kenya corner. You can also find souvenirs that were donated by representatives from other countries.
How to Borrow Books
If you are a foreigner and live in Daegu or Gyeongsan, then you may borrow books here. I did it and it was quite simple. First, join a member. Second, show your alien registration card (ARC) to the staff and they will give you a member card. No payment is needed, it’s free!
This is the condition for borrowing books: 1 person can borrow 10 books, each for 15 days. The elderly can borrow books for 20 days, and people with disabilities can borrow books for 30 days. But you can’t extend your borrowed books, after returning the book that you borrowed, you need to wait 6 days before borrowing the same book again. And for returning books, Beomeo Library is integrated with other libraries in Suseong District, so you may return your books at any public library located in Suseong District.
Beomeo Library (서성구립 범어도서관) Address: 2461 Dalgubeoldae-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu Korean Address: 대구광역시 수성구 달구벌대고2461 Operating Hours: Mon-Fri: 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Weekends: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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