Oxford University to open Korean library

SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- A Korean library will open to the public this week at Britain's prestigious University of Oxford, South Korea's state library said Thursday.

The National Library of Korea said it will hold the opening ceremony of the Korean library on Friday, becoming the 19th overseas Korean library to open under an initiative to help non-Koreans gain a better understanding of the country.

Since 2007, the national library has pushed to provide overseas national, public and university libraries funding to help create Korean libraries to foster Korean study programs and activities to raise the world's awareness of the country.

Located in the basement of the University of Oxford's Oriental Institute Library, the Korean library currently has a collection of some 7,000 Korean materials, including 2,600 volumes provided by the national library, it said.

About 200 more volumes per year will be provided over the next five years, the library added.

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