Ruifang in New Taipei doesn’t attract a lot of tourists aside from those transferring buses and trains to other destinations like Jiufen and Pingxi. However, the town west of Taipei hopes to make the area more welcoming with the addition of a new library, construction of which began on April 8.
The New Ruifang Library will replace the old one that has stood for 45 years, which no longer meets earthquake and storm resistance regulations. The new library is set to open less than 100 meters from the old one and will utilize space from the post office, UDN reported.
On Tuesday, New Taipei Deputy Mayor Wu Ming-chi (吳明機) visited the site to inspect construction progress. He said that he hopes construction will remain on schedule as the project is expected to be completed in May 2020. After completion, the old library will be demolished and turned into a green space for residents.
The new library will have circulation on the second and third floors, with the first floor reserved as a reading area with a protected outdoor area for residents and visitors to seek shelter during storms. The size of the library will increase from the original building’s 197.23 ping (7,016 sq.ft) to about 306.4 ping (10,900 sq.ft), with the number of seats in the reading rooms expanding from 89 to 200.