The newly inaugurated Ton Duc Thang University library in Ho Chi Minh City is designed to invite and inspire students with its commanding presence, state-of-the-art equipment, and books of all kinds. The 93,000 sqft. building is an architectural masterpiece, costing VND129 billion to build, or US $5.68 million.
Dedicated as The INSPIRE Library on July 15, 2017, the campus building hosts a cutting-edge automated system of library management with online directories of every book available on computers scattered throughout the facility.
Students can return their borrowed books by using a machine that automatically scans the book barcode and registers them into the database. The library is also equipped with a book sterilizer to clean borrowed books of bacteria before they are sorted back into the library.
The library was designed by the university’s own students and professors, and boasts some of Vietnam’s most modern equipment and creativity-provoking spaces.
Each of the library’s seven floors is painted a different color, embodying the virtues of endurance, nisus, sagacity, progress, initiative, responsibility and excellence that the university seeks to develop among its students.
Reading spaces in the library are organized in a spontaneous manner that does not conform to any rule, with the goal of provoking creativity among library goers.
Multiple specialized rooms for presentation, individual research, group study and film screening are also available inside the library to meet the different needs of students and professors.
There are currently over 115,000 book titles available at the new library.