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is a major library
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in the Nakanoshima
Nakanoshima is a 3 km long and 50 hectares narrow sandbank in Kita-ku, Osaka city, Japan, that divides the Kyū-Yodo River into the Tosabori and Dōjima rivers...
section of Osaka
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, Osaka Prefecture
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It was established in 1904; and is today one of two libraries which are supported by the Osaka Prefectural government.
History of the building
The Neo-Baroque style is enhanced with four massive columns which stand at the building's front entrance. The building's stone walls harmonize with the other structures build on the island in the same period. The library's copper roof dome is a distinctive feature.
Initial construction was completed in 1904; and additional construction work in 1922 created an exterior appearance which remains to this day. The main building and both wings were designated as important cultural assets in 1974. It continues to function as a public library.
The library is located in the vicinity of Nakanoshima Park
The Nakanoshima Park is the first public park opened by Osaka in 1891, after its foundation as a city. It is located in Kita ward, on the Nakanoshima sandbank, laying between Dōjima and Tosabori Rivers. The 11 hectares park houses public facilities as Osaka Central Public Hall, Osaka Prefectural...