The administration of Can Tho City, which is the hub of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, has approved a project to rebuild the municipal public library, in an attempt to satisfy the research, study, and information needs of local people, as well as enriching their daily life and promoting local socio-economic growth.
The city will build the new library at the existing location of the original in Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu District, along with an extension adjacent to the headquarters of the Can Tho Department of External Relations.
The new library will span nearly 2,500 square meters and be equipped with 1,000 seats together with 1,500 bookshelves that can house at least 950,000 books.
In addition, it can serve a maximum of 800 people at a time, the municipal Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism said on Tuesday.
In this seven-story library, the basement will function as a venue for exhibitions, events, and film screening.
The first floor will feature an event and exhibition hall, a book coffee shop, and others, while books, documents, and reading space will be offered from the third to fifth floors.
The library project requires close to VND150 billion (US$6.4 million) in investment, with the Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism being the developer.
Work on the project is scheduled to begin late this year and complete in 2026.