A Visit to the Beomeo Library
By Anne-Marie Chambon
November 1st, 2019
In a huge city like Daegu, pupils, students, and citizens can easily find a public library not too far from their home. On Daegu’s web site, you can find a list of these libraries (see the link at the end of this article).
I invite you to discover the Beomeo library👍. This library offers books in Korean of course but in foreign languages, too.
As a foreign resident, if living in Daegu Metropolitan City, it is possible to obtain a cardmember. You just need to show your Alien card and have at least 3 months to stay on your visa.
No fees!👌 Even if you want to borrow books and DVD, it is totally free.
This place is easy to find, just 5 minutes’ walk from the huge Beomeo intersection, on Dalgubeol-daero.
View from Dalgubeol-daero
From the outside the architecture is attractive. I found this modern building appealing with its almost entirely glass facades.
The outdoor space with a small garden and an original fountain is pleasant to discover.
A Place to Rest
Fishes going Upstream
Let’s go inside!
Books in foreign languages of countries within America, Europe, and Southeast Asia are available on the 2nd floor. Here are some examples of volumes: English ± 31 900, China ± 1 000, Japan ± 600, Philippines ± 340, Vietnam ± 380, France ± 240, Germany ± 190, Spain ± 210, etc… Books are for kids, teenagers, and adults. In some languages the library’s stocks of books are limited; however, I found Korean novels and short stories translated in French. The literature is a way to learn more about Korean society, so different from ours.
To borrow it is simple, just show your books to this counter and an employee will register them on your card. You can keep them for 2 weeks.
The 2nd Floor Counter to Borrow and Return Books
Magazines and newspapers can be read there too.
Newspapers in English
Most of the Magazines are in English
The room is pleasant with large tables.👍
A Good Reading or Working Environment
The seat here near the windows if you prefer more natural light.✨
The large glass facade provides brightness
The international information and reading center is open from Tuesday to Friday, from 9.00 to 20.00.🕘~🕗 On weekends, from 9.00 to 17.00.🕘~🕔
On this floor, the Reading Room provides information for developing global competence through a reading skill improvement program (Accelerated Reader).
Computers💻 for training are at the disposal of the public
The 3rd floor is dedicated to Korean books in the following themes: history, literature, language, arts, technology, social science, pure science, religion, and philosophy. Everything is organized to facilitate access to books and reading. You can receive books at home and send them back to the library with the postal service.
Explanations of the Postal Service📫
In this department, with the machine below, you are autonomous for loans and returns.
Just put your books and scan the member card. Easy and fast
Large tables are installed to read or work in good conditions.
Space and Lightness
On the 4th floor, you can work on computers, read Korean newspapers and magazines, and watch DVDs. The atmosphere is very silent.😮
These newspaper readers choose individual seats near the windows.
A reading area for daily news lovers
On the picture below, some Korean magazines with a wide choice of themes: cooking, cars, fishing, architecture, fashion, sports, travel, science, etc…
What more could you want?
There are 2 places like this one for watching DVDs with headsets.
A library is not limited to books
It is also possible to borrow DVDs. In this library, you can find Korean movies subtitled in English. As I was not allowed to search by myself on the shelves, a library employee helped me to find the Korean movies I was looking for. He was very helpful. You just have to know what you want and come with a list of desires.
Before leaving you can use this machine to sanitize the books.
Explanations of the Process
Just behind the Beomeo Library, a quiet garden waits for you if you want to start reading before returning home.
And the icing on the cake, a few minutes from the library there is a pleasant area with murals, alleyways and nice private houses.
Search for a fox painted on the pavement and you will discover this other side of Daegu! It is in the East of the park and the library. I am not sure that this fox is linked to “Le Petit Prince” of Saint Exupery but, as the Beomeo Library is just near, I felt like believing in this idea.
The address of the Beomeo Library: 2451, Dalgubeol-daero, Sudeong-gu, Daegu.
Public transportation: It is near Beomeo subway station. Line 2, exit N°8.
Numerous buses serve this place too.
Here is the link to find the list of the public libraries of Daegu:http://www.daegu.go.kr/english/index.do?menu_id=00000777