Patane Library plus the Chong Sai Dispensary founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, located at No. 80, Rua das Estalagens, were opened to the public as a library and art space at the end of last year, following extensive refurbishment.
The three-storey Patane Library, occupying some 1,130 sq. metres, admitted the public on 9th December, 2016. The new library, located at No. 68 to 81, Rua da Ribeira do Patane, was originally a group of seven old buildings with a history of over 80 years. Arcade building features can been found in the structure's architectural features. The library provides approximately 150 seats for readers and other basic services such as access to the general collection and children's collection. Dedicated to film and music, Patane Library features a multimedia zone for holding regular film screenings, concerts and other activities. The library holds about 20,000 volumes, 7,000 audiovisual items, 80 types of newspaper and 600 types of magazine.
Macao is the starting point for Dr. Sun Yat-sen to meet the world, and is the first place he practised as a doctor as well as being the source of enlightenment for his revolutionary ideology. Chong Sai Dispensary, founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, was located at No. 80, Rua das Estalagens, and is believed to have been constructed before 1892. No. 80, Rua das Estalagens is a residential building with commercial spaces on the ground floor. Following restoration, the building opened on 15th December, 2016. Coincidentally, 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen's birth, thus the Cultural Affairs Bureau organized 'Commemorative Exhibitions of the 150th Anniversary of Sun Yat-sen's Birth and Preservation Process of the Building at No. 80, Rua das Estalagens' for the community to remember the late revolutionary.
The Patane Library opens from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30am to 8:30pm, and on Mondays from 2:00pm to 8:30pm, except for public holidays. No. 80, Rua das Estalagens opens from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and is closed every Tuesday but open on public holidays.