For many years, the Books and Documents Department of the National Palace Museum has been a rich and systematic source for rare Chinese books through the ages, archival documents of the Qing dynasty, and books and periodicals on Chinese art and the humanities. This invaluable source has attracted innumerable visitors and specialists over the years for study and research. The library under its administration has been open officially to the public since April 1996, offering a brand new atmosphere of service. Not only is the space within spacious, the setting is comfortable and orderly, and the facilities considered superb. With such full services as catalogue information retrieval, document image disc browsing, microfiche reading and photocopying, and Internet computer access, the library is an ideal site for information retrieval and academic research.