In order to preserve and utilize ancient books and inherit and pass on excellent culture, with this year’s World Reading Day (on April 23rd ) just around the corner, SMU library, as a Key Protection Unit of Ancient Documents and an Advanced Model Protection Unit of Ancient Documents in Sichuan Province, will hold the first exhibition of rare ancient books entitled “Passing on and Learning Classics and Integrating the Past with the Present” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and the 70th anniversary of SMU.
The opening ceremony of this exhibition was held in the SMU library on Wuhou Campus on April 21st and was presided over by Sun Jiwen, director of the library. Liu Yubin, deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and President of SMU, Wang Yong, Vice President of SMU, Professor Zhao Xinyu, former President of SMU, heads of some administration units and schools, and some librarians and students attended the opening ceremony.
President Liu Yubin said in his speech that the ancient books are precious cultural heritage of our country, valuable spiritual wealth left to us by our ancestors, and the great wisdom of the Chinese nation, and that we should make use of modern science and technology to improve the protection and utilization of ancient books, so that more readers can have access to them and understand traditional culture. He also insisted that we should promote research on ancient books and “bring them to life”. After the opening ceremony, SMU leaders and guests visited the ancient books library and the ancient books restoration room, and spoke highly of the library’s efforts to preserve ancient books.
The exhibition, based on the first batch of recommended classical ancient books and their collated versions announced by the Office of the National Leading Group for the Collation and Publication of Ancient Books in March 2021, selects some of the rare ancient books out of the existing collection of more than 26,000 volumes and the phased works in the protection of ancient books for display. The whole exhibition includes such activities as the exhibition, restoration and digitization of ancient books, experiencing rubbing techniques, and the question and answer session for ancient books. In particular, many readers were attracted to the exhibition area for the rubbing and restoration of ancient books, watching and experiencing the rubbing and restoring techniques, and these participants were also presented with handmade cultural gifts by Yihe’aniu, restorer of the SMU ancient books department.
This exhibition enables teachers and students to have access to SMU rare ancient books and have a direct observation of the inheriting and preserving of them, thus stimulating their interest in and enthusiasm for traditional Chinese culture, raising readers’ awareness of preserving ancient books, and creating a good atmosphere of understanding, reading and preserving ancient books. The SMU library will continue its efforts to strengthen the preservation and utilization of ancient books and make a due contribution to inheriting, innovating and disseminating excellent traditional Chinese culture.
[Contributed by: SMU Library
Author: Ma Nan, Qin Hui
Photographer: Wu Guangheng, Luo Ying
Reviewer: Ran Yiqun
Editor: SMU News Center
Managing Editor: Liu Jia]