I braved the city today and finally visited the library- Something I had been wanting to do for weeks but that I had been avoiding.
I think I was worried I would be disappointed, maybe? I was very wrong!
I had been worried there wouldn’t be much of a range of books written in English. I was so pleasantly surprised and ended up becoming a member. (spot my cute library card and bookmark)
Ulsan Metropolitan Libary is located right along the river, about a 20 minute walk from Samsan-dong. This is a fair distance from our house but nothing a bus can’t solve. There are three levels, “phone rooms”, wifi, computers, a book cafe and many a reading nook.
It took us a while to find the English section… I first found the “multicultural section” which had books written in every language but Korean and English- there was surprisingly a large German range!
We did eventually find the section! This was a small part of the English books they have on offer (there are probably 10 -15 more shelves this size!
I was surprised by how many genres there were.
This was my first haul from the library and I already have a bunch more I want to get next time!
The librarian was so helpful and the process for getting a membership card was super easy! She taught me how to use the borrowing function and where to return.
So now I can go again and again! As an expat it has made me so happy that I can go to the library. It’s not really feasible to own a bunch of books and it would be a pain to try and cart them back home eventually- This was I can enjoy the smell of a book guilt free.