Everyone in Sen village, of Nam Dan district in Nghe An province, knows about the Sen village library, which was built by the Nguyen Sinh family. The library aims to improve the reading culture amongst local people.


Sen Village Library is located next to the late President Ho Chi Minh’s grandfather Nguyen Sinh Nham’s historical relic site.

The two-storey building that sits peacefully among green trees is an intimate venue for readers, especially during the summer months.

Readers gathering here span a range of ages. Elderly people love reading here as the library has many rare books that are hard to find elsewhere. They also come to share their poetry with each other.

The idea of the library was first initiated by former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. He called for family members to help build the library in 2007.

Besides the contributions of family members, many members of the public and various organisations have donated books to the library. With some 30,000 books in 10 different categories, the library typically serves 2,000 readers from Tuesday to Saturday every week.

The library also lends out 300 sets of coursebooks for poor pupils within the locality.

Since the operation of Sen Village Library, reading culture has been revived and is now thriving in the homeland of the late President Ho Chi Minh. –VNA