The National Library of China (NLC), first established in 1909, is the world's largest depository of Chinese publications and documents with an impressive array of collections. The NLC is noted for its collections of ancient and rare Chinese books. In recent years, it has been committed to the digitisation of ancient Chinese publications and documents. Sophisticated information technology is used to preserve ancient documents and books and make them more accessible to readers, thereby raising public awareness of the conservation of cultural heritage and promoting cultural education and scientific research.
The NLC and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) signed an agreement in 2013 to provide part of its digitised ancient Chinese books collection to the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) for displaying on the website titled "Digital Resources of Ancient Chinese Books from the National Library of China". The website, jointly developed by the NLC and the HKPL, is comprised of two main parts, namely the "Ancient Books Resources" and "Rare Books Highlights". Digitised collections of ancient Chinese books provided by the NLC will be uploaded by phases onto the HKPL's Multimedia Information System (MMIS) to enhance the public's understanding of ancient Chinese books and enable them to better appreciate the charm and richness of Chinese culture.