E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Spring 2002

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Spring 2002) 3(3). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v03n03/Yang_g01.htm.


Copyright 2002, the authors. Used by permission.


This article describes the China Digital Library (CDL) and explains how to use the computer network in China. It also explores the advantages of the China library in establishing the CDL. Finally, it examines the future construction and development plans for the CDL.

China is a large country that contains 5% of the world’s population. Along with the rapid development of the Internet worldwide, China has advanced her steps. The digital library has become a focal point in the high-tech world. At the same time, it is also a very important symbol with which to evaluate the basic facilities of information sciences in a country. The leaders in library fields have done a great deal to play important roles in realizing the China Digital Library (CDL).