About dibrary

01. What is Dibrary?

Dibrary is a new name for the digital library of the National Library of Korea, which harmonizes nature, humanity, and information.
Dibrary is the world’s first hybrid library combining digital and analogue ideas. Dibrary consists of “Dibrary Portal,” a virtual space, and a physical service space called “Dibrary Information Commons”.
  • Dibrary pursues for the integrated linkage and exchanges of high quality digital information resources with diverse domestic and foreign information organizations.
  • Dibrary pursues for an open platform to enable the access and sharing of knowledge and information resources, and voluntary participation of users.
  • Dibrary pursues for an open space with advanced IT facilities, providing every user with an equal opportunity to view and experience digital contents.


Brand & Characters

digital + library Dibrary is a new brand-name for the digital library of the National Library of Korea.
Dibrary aims to serve as a venue in which nature, humanity, and information are harmonized.

D.to / Digital
Smart D.to is a digital knowledge messenger who searches for the information you require.
D.to is blue, a futuristic color, and represents the messenger delivering necessary digital knowledge.
U.to / Ubiquitous
Warm-hearted U.to symbolizes the guidance to the ubiquitous world, who will be with us at anywhere and any time
N.to / Nature
N.to, who loves nature and green ideas, symbolizes the freedom of the world of knowledge.

D.to / U.to / N.to

May 25, 2009
Launched Dibrary and portals
December 2008
Construction completed
Developed the integrated management system for the national digital library, portal systems, integrated infrastructure, and digital reading spaces
Lauched a Digital Library management pilot project
Established the basic and detailed plans for the operation of the National Digital Library
Hosted ground-breaking ceremony and begun construction
Construced the basic plan for the establishment of the National Digital Library
Conducted preliminary feasibility study on the establishment of the National Digital Library (reviewed as feasible)
The need for a national digital library was officially recognized
Seminar to commemorate the 54th anniversary of the National Library of Korea / Affirmed the need for a digital library
Comprehensive development plan for library information network including the need for a digital library

02. Dibrary Portal


03. Information Commons

Information Commons refers not only to a physical space but also to the virtual space in which cutting-edge facilities, the service strategies, and the system are provided to accurately identify traditional and newly-emerging users' needs and provide user-oriented services, with the aim of realizing the goal of “Information services that are open to everyone”.

Information Commons

Space Map
B1F Connection Bridge (The Way of Knowledge)
The Way of Knowledge is a connection bridge that connects the main building and the digital library, which also holds motion-sensitive interactive contents which works by movements recognition of users.
B1F Digital Book Cafe
An entertainment space where users can enjoy beverages while using U-Touch Tables
B2F Productivity Computer Cluster
The Productivity Computer Cluster enables professional jobs with large monitors and multiple monitors, as well as the searching and viewing of digital contents and documentation works.
B2F Laptop Zone
Laptop Zone is equipped with wired and wireless network connectivity, allowing individual users to view contents with their own laptops, or to read the books loaned from NLK.
B2F Multiplex
Users can watch multimedia contents of the Digital Library on a large screen in groups.
B2F Digital Meeting Room
Reservation verification services are provided at the Welcome Board, and users can hold seminars and meetings in groups using the electronic boards, LCD, monitors, and projectors.
B2F Media Center
Media Center is a complex space in which users can edit and display video/audio/UCC contents, and can also view the digital/analogue multimedia contents of the library.
B2F Video/Audio/UCC Studio
Video and Audio Studios enable the creation of multimedia contents at the professional level, while the UCC studio enables general users to easily create UCC (User Created Contents).
B2F Accessibility Help Center
Users can obtain information on the facilities and services of Dibrary, and review the notices at a Multi-Cube mounted at the wall.
B2F B2 Lobby
The Global Lounge is equipped with a PC environment in English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Vietnamese, enabling all users to use multi-language services.
B2F Digital Meeting Room (L)
Advanced systems such as e-boards, LCD monitors, and beam projectors support medium-sized seminars and conferences.
Individual users can view the latest multimedia contents at IPTV, without requiring reservations.
B2F Digital Meeting Room (S)
Users can hold small seminars by connecting their laptops to large LCD monitors.
B2F Media Center-Multimedia Zone
The Multimedia Zone enables individual users to use the multimedia contents of the digital library.
B2F Media Center-Digital Editing Zone
The Digital Editing Zone provides diverse media editing programs that are dedicated to editing videos and images.
B2F UCC Studio
Users can produce UCC using camcorders borrowed from the digital library.
B2F Video/Audio Studio
Users can edit and produce high-quality video and audio contents with professional-quality systems.
B2F Conference Hall (S)
The educational facility for the use of the digital library.
B2F Media Gallery
The wall-mounted screen displays artworks and UCC. Users can obtain information on the artworks via e-mail.
B3F Global Lounge
The Global Lounge is equipped with a PC environment in English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Vietnamese, enabling all users to use multi-language services.
B3F Conference Hall (L)
The Conference Hall accommodates up to 70 users. Each user is allowed to use personal laptops for conferences, seminars, and training programs.
B3F NDL Arts Gallery
NDL Arts Gallery is a cultural complex in which users can experience diverse digital artworks through special and permanent exhibitions.
B3F Refresh Area
A space where users can relax, while enjoying simple games and multimedia contents at U-Touch tables.
B3F Digital Monument
The symbolic monument representing the digital library displays customized videos based on a user recognition function using AMOLED, an advanced material.
B3F Digital Text Board
The large LED display shows literary contents and user messages in the form of 3D images.
B3F Multi-Purpose Display Panel
The large multi-purpose screen displays media artworks and UCC videos.
B3F Digital Newspaper
Digital newspapers can be freely read at touch-screen kiosks.
B3F Speed Search Desk
The Speed Search Desk supports simple information queries, including information queries made at a Dibrary Portal.
B3F Hologram
3D contents are displayed on a large 3D monitor, and can be viewed without special 3D glasses.

04. Contacts / Locations

Library Directions

How to get to the National Library of Korea (Transportation).

15-minute walk distance from Seocho station (exit #6) of Line #2
7-minute walk distance from Express Bus Terminal station (exit #5) of Line #7, #9
Town bus
Take a bus to Gangnam St Mary’s Hospital (#13, #21) at Seocho station (exit #6) of Line #2, or the bus to the National Library (#13) at Banpo Apt near Express Bus Terminal
City Bus
#730 (Dugeun-dong↔Seocho station↔Gangnam St. Mary’s Hospital↔Songpa-gu)
#5413 (Siheung-dong↔Seocho station↔ Gangnam St. Mary’s Hospital ↔ Express Bus Terminal)