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Libraries for Children, Se...

Cheongpa English Library for Children  - near Seoul Station
Children can borrow English books (for free), watch DVDs, and attend various kinds of activities.
Hours: 10am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am -5pm Saturday. Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30.
Address: The 4th floor of the former Cheong-pa Social Welfare Center (35-20, Cheong-pa- dong-2) / 26, Minari Street 3, Youngsan-gu, Seoul.
No parking available. Use public transit.
5-minute walk from exit #10 of Sookmyung Women's University Station (Line #4, Stop 427)
10-minute walk from exit #1 of Namyeong Station (Line 1, Stop 134)
Tel. : 02-702-0641~2
Website  in English and Korean

The National Library for Children and Young Adults - Gangnam
Hours:9am to 6pm Monday to Sunday.
Closed the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month as well as National Holidays.
Address: 635 Yeoksam-1-dong, Gangnam.
Directions: go out Gangnam Subway Station (Line 2, Stop 222) Exit 8.
Map and public transit information on website
Tel: 02-3413-4800. 
Website has some information in English.

Yongam English Library for Children - in Haebangchon
An English library for kindergarten and elementary school aged children. Registered residents of Yongsan-gu, including foreign nationals, can both use the library and borrow books. Non-residents can use the library but cannot borrow books.
Hours: 10am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. Closed for lunch 12:30-1:30.
Address: 2nd Floor, 5-66 2Ga Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
No parking available. Public transit recommended.
Directions: To get to the library take the road that leads up into Haebangchon (from the kimchi pot store), and turn left at Kobawoo Supermarket. Take your first left and follow that road straight. Look for a white building with the library sign.  MAP.
Subway: Exit 2 of Noksapyeong Station (Line 6, Stop 629) and walk for about 15 minutes.
- Gobawoo Supermarket Station : Town Shuttle bus Yongsan No 2
- Yongsan Hanshin Apartment Station : Namsan Yellow bus No 3/ Blue bus No 143, 403, 406
- Haebangchon Station :Namsan Yellow bus No 3/ Blue bus No 143, 403, 406
Tel: 02-798-4181~2.
Website in English and Korean. 

Some of the public libraries allow foreign residents to borrow books or use their facilities. There are children's sections in many of these with books in English.  See the libraires page under Culture and Entertainment in the Activities section of this site.

Modoo Library was opened in December 2010 to meet the needs of children from multi-cultural families. It is equipped with about 7,000 books and video materials from 10 countries including Indonesia, Phillippines, Russia and Vietnam. 
To use: visit the library and fill out an application form. If over 18, bring your ID card. For those younger, the seal and idrenfication of their parents is required. An individual member can borrow up to 3 books for 7 days while a family is eligible to take 5 for the same period of time.
Hours: 10am-5pm.
Closed on national and special library holidays.
Location: 3rd Floor Bongdeok-e-dong Community Center
Directions:  Buses Bus 349, 400, 452, 730 and Subway Circular line 3 will get you there
Tel: 471-4250.
Website is in Korean-only.

K4E Editor: Korea4Expats want to provide the most accurate and complete information possible, so if you notice an error or omission in the contents above, or if you know of other children's libraries that can be use by foreign nations - in Seoul or elsewhere in Korea, please contact us at

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Last Updated on 2012-08-23

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