3. Chung Cheng Library
In the early years, after the university was restored in Taiwan, books were kept in the Zhixi building as well as in departmental reading rooms. The need to house the increasing size of the collection, scattered in different parts of the campus, led to the construction of one main library in 1976, a project that President Yuan-tsu Li initiated by tearing down three female dormitories, two male dormitories, one two-story cafeteria, and one tennis court. The new library was inaugurated on May 20, 1977, the fiftieth anniversary of the university, with President Chia-kan Yan presiding over the ceremony. The library was named Chung Cheng Library in honor of Chiang Kai-shek, the Emeritus President of the University.
Chung Cheng Library has a 卍 shape, and its size and collection were rated as first in all of Asia at the time of its completion. Traditional stone lions stand to the right and left of the entrance. In front of the library is a platform which sits atop three ascending, concrete stairways. The stairs not only facilitate easy access to the library from the west, south, and north, but also invite students to sit and share their aspirations. The renovation in 2003 produced a brand-new library, one in which numerous art activities can be held.
The five-story library was designed and built by the architect Chang-hua Chang, in association with the Hua-tai Architect Office. The establishment occupies 2661.45 square meters, and was constructed at a cost of NT$35,998,500.