Collecting the most numerous rare books, exclusive extant copies, various versions worldwide, “China Digital Local Chronicles Library” (中國數字方志庫) contains 12000 ancient books, in which 4500 ones have full text. Published by National Library of China/ Wenjin Bookstore, the database covers more than 8000 titles of general chronicles of provinces, prefectures, municipalities, counties, and more than 3700 titles of national chronicles, local records of 30 provinces/municipalities, and various geography, chorography, topology of special subjects, including mountains/waters, water conservancy, famous scenery, ancestral temples, gardens/forests, races, borderlands, travel notes, extra-regional states.
The database aggregates 10 million pages, 1 billion characters and 150 thousand volumes coming from universal libraries, museums, archives, and covering from 2100 B.C. to 1949 A.D.. There are 11 search conditions/fields in the database: book title, author, volume, publication year, version type, book series, classification, content list, content description, full text. It is a very convenient research tool for global scholars.