The China Association for Science and Technology(CAST) plans to set up 200 libraries across the country this year in an effort to promote science in grassroots organizations.
The move is part of CAST’s 50 million yuan (about 7.3 million U.S. dollars) project to establish 1,000 libraries nationwide in a time span of five years ending 2012.
The libraries, which will be built in 200 counties in 26 provinces including Heilongjiang, Shanxi and Yunnan, will each feature a collection of 3,000 popular science books, a computer and a printer, according to a CAST statement released Friday.
Library managers, most of whom are staff from local science organizations, will also provide science lectures and training sessions for farmers, young people and community residents.
CAST had built libraries in 100 counties as of 2008. Its statistics show that more than one million people have benefited from the project.
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