For many years, Tibet has faced difficulties in conserving and utilizing its ancient books, with most scattered throughout more than 1,300 temples.
In 2009, Tibet started to comprehensively protect its ancient books, surveying and registering more than 13,700 old documents from over 1,160 collection units across the region, which laid a solid foundation for the database construction.
In contrast with previous move to digitize ancient books, which were stored and read as electronic documents, in the future, Tibet will realize the sustainable protection and utilization of the precious books, which can be retrieved in full-text form as well as shared and co-built by the public, according to the local authorities.
China has more than 1 million ancient Tibetan books, two-thirds of which are in Tibet. More than 150 Tibetan classics are included on the state list of precious ancient books.