This book is probably of not much interest to people who aren't me with a dedicated interest in Chinese history and library studies but of course I really enjoyed this book. It was a comprehensive look at the current state of libraries in China, as well as a good historical overview of libraries in the imperial period. Written by a Chinese and a Canadian librarian it gives a good cross-cultural impression of Chinese libraries, and how they compare with libraries in the English speaking world. I only wished it had looked into more depths at the Chinese Library Classification scheme and Chinese Thesaurus, and had been written a little later so it could have talked more about current digitisation projects. However, the discussion about the use of characters in computing, databases and information retrieval was very interesting. One I'd recommend, I made pages and pages of notes for my essay, but only if the your interested in the area.