Opening Hours

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Due to Main Building construction (Jan. '17 - Nov. '18), regular closing days have been adjusted to every Monday.
The Main Building is closed during Feb. 13 - Mar. 27, 2017 and Feb. 12 - Mar. 26, 2018.
During the temporary closing period, a pop-up library and reading room will be operated within the Digital Library to service books from the main building.

Opening Hours

Opening Hours
Rooms Opening Hours
  • Humanities, Social Sciences & Natural Sciences
  • Literature
  • Accessible Room for the Disabled (Jeong-bo Nu-ri-teo)
  • Information Service
Mon – Sun
09:00 - 18:00
  • Maps & Geography
  • Information Center on North Korea
Mon – Fri
09:00 - 18:00
  • Old & Rare Collection
  • Main Circulation Desk
  • Serials, Government Publications & Newspapers
  • Theses & Dissertations
  • Digital Library
Mon – Sun
09:00 - 18:00
(Materials request: 09:00 - 17:00)
Mon – Sun
18:00 - 22:00
(Materials request: 09:00 - 17:00)


  • Main Building: Every Monday (Apr. '17 - Nov. '18)
    Digital Library: Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month
  • The library is open on Sundays but closed during national holidays and Sundays within Lunar New Year's holiday and Korean Thanksgiving Day periods
  • Days deemed necessary by the Chief Executive of the Library for specific reasons

Entrance and Procedure

  • Anyone aged 16 and above wishing to use materials housed in the library for the purpose of reading, survey, and/or research can enter the library.
    (Those under age 16 must fill in an Underage Special Request Form to gain entrance)
  • Store your personal belongings in the locker room except your valuables and writing materials.
  • User Registration (Homepage registration) > Apply for a Library Card > Get the Library Card > Enter the Gate > Use the Library > Return the Library Card upon Departure
  • Types of Library Cards
    • One-day Library Card: Issued before use and returned after use
    • Regular-use Library Card: Carried by user

After-hours Service

  • An after-hours service (available during 18:00-22:00) for users who cannot visit the Library during regular opening hours.
    * An after-hours service is not available during the Main Building closing period.
      (The Main Building is closed during Feb. 13 - Mar. 27, 2017 and Feb. 12 - Mar. 26, 2018.)
  • How to use
How to use After-hours Service
Service can be used during Service can be used at Available services
Mon – Sun
18:00 - 22:00
(Materials request: 09:00 - 17:00)
Information Service Room (1F) - Searching materials and using full-text dtatabases held by the National Library of Korea
- National Library of Korea's web databases
- National Assembly Library's full-text databases
- Facilities for using laptops
- Copy machine
  • Using requested materials
    • No. of books that can be requested: up to 5 books per person
Using requested materials
Request made at Materials Requests can be made during How to request service Using the service after hours
In the Library Materials in each resource room 09:00 - 18:00 Use a "Book loan & return machine" in resource rooms to use the materials (in library use only). Submitting a separate request of after-hours service is not necessary to use the materials (in library use only). Continue to use the materials at the Information Service Room (1F).
Materials in close stacks 09:00 - 17:00 Make a request on computers in the Library on the day to be used.
Outside the Library Materials searched on the National Library of Korea website 09:00 - 17:00 Search materials on the National Library of Korea website → Add to Cart →
Submit after-hours service request
Materials can be picked up from the "Book loan & return machine" (1F) to use the reserved materials.
* Government publications (Closed Stacks) are not available for use during after hours on weekends.