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This research’s objective is to describe the factors that influence children while using a public library in Indonesia and Taiwan. In this context researchers will look at five factors (1) psychological variable, (2) demographics variable, (3) role-related variable, (4) environmental variable, (5) source characteristics variable. This research uses descriptive approach by gathering data from respondents. The target population in this research were children in Taiwan and Indonesia. The number of samples is considered to be the same, with 100 children in Taiwan and 100 children in Indonesia, aged 7-12 years old. Of the total respondents, 65% were women and 35% were men, the number was the same among respondents in Taichung and in Surabaya. The majority of respondents are aged 9 and 12 years, as much as 43% in Indonesia, while in Taiwan it is the 10-11 years old age group, with 46% respondents. From the results of the research it can be concluded that the factors that encourage children to take advantage of public libraries include psychological factors in which children in Indonesia and Taiwan both want to increase their cognitive capacity through sources of information provided in the library, there are interesting findings that Taiwanese children are not affected by the distance of the library away from home. The library remains a place worth visiting on weekends,