The 8 Libraries of NTU, 5 of which you didn’t know exist

Library, a high peer pressure environment for mugging.Library, asanctuary for a quiet moment. Library, a citadel for academic enlightenment.

I love libraries. I don’t know about you, but I love them to bits. Everyone says that they’re a nerd, and by Jove, you know you’re one when the first thing on your freshman to-do list is to find all the libraries in NTU, like me.

Some libraries in NTU can be hard to find, I for one only discovered 3 of these 8 libraries by accident (read as: getting lost in the maze of hallways). So here’s a complied lists of libraries in NTU and some essential information and tips regarding them!

Exactly what libraries are there?

There are 8 libraries, namely the Art, Design & Media Library, Business Library, Chinese Library, Communication & Information Library, Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Lee Wee Nam Library, Library Outpost, and Wang Gungwu Library.

The table below will provide you with some basic information (and personal insights).

Art, Design & Media Library

Opening hours (Semester)
• Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm
• Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation)
• Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
• Saturday: Closed
Specialties
• Books and references related to the visual arts
• Extensive collection of comics and graphic novels
• One of the few libraries with A/V materials available

 

Other details/insights
•    This chic and creative library is mainly lit by natural lights. The tall ceiling creates a spacious environment. There is also a glass wall for student to doodle.
•    It is usually very serene in the ADM library and relatively empty as compared to other libraries.

 

Business Library

Opening hours (Semester)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
•      Saturday: Closed
Specialties
•       Journals, periodicals, books, and references related to management, business, accountancy, and related areas
•       One of the few libraries with A/V materials available
•       Learning Commons and individual study rooms are available
 

Other details/insights
•    This 4-storey library is rich in resources. It has several special rooms, known as Learning Commons, for group work, presentation, language learning, and movie watching.
•     The atmosphere of the library is conducive for examination preparations (meaning that it’s a high pressure environment).

 

Chinese Library

Opening hours (Semester)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
•      Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Specialties
•       Chinese books, periodicals, and references in simplified and traditional, classical, and modern Chinese
•       Chinese fiction and non-fiction (humanities non-fiction)
 

Other details/insights
•    This small, home-like library has a very free-style feel to it. People tend to sit on the ground between shelves.
•     For a library it can be a bit chatty at times, but these sounds are what make the atmosphere of this library homely rather than pressurizing.

 

Communication & Information Library

Opening hours (Semester)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
•       Saturday: Closed
Specialties:
•       Books, periodicals, journals, and references related to communication research, media studies, public relations, and related areas
•       Seniors’ FYP (final year project) archives available for reference
•       Special library programmes are often on display in this library
 

Other details/insights
•       Clean, modern, minimalistic interior design. This 2-storey library is usually quiet and relatively empty on most days.
•       It’s a small library with a very specific collection of books and references. But it is a good place to study on a hot day as the air-conditioning is usually too cold.

 

Humanities & Social Sciences Library

Opening hours (Semester)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Specialties
•       Books and periodicals related to the social sciences (history, politics, linguistics) and literature (Eastern and Western, classical and modern)
•       Fiction and non-fiction books ,mostly in English
 

Other details/insights
•       My personal favorite library because it has fiction books.
•       This small, cozy library has small couches and cushioned seats, which is great for enjoying a good book or studying comfortably. It also has three toilet cubicles and a water cooler inside the library, making it unnecessary to leave the space.
•       Very difficult to find an empty seat during examination period.

 

Lee Wee Nam Library

Opening hours (Semester)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Specialties
•       Books, periodicals, journals, and references related to engineering and the hard sciences
•       Has the most number of PCs for student use
•       Learning Commons available
 

Other details/insights
•       This 4-storey library is a sight to behold. The size of the library left me in awe at first sight.
•       As a whole, this library can be quite tense, so it forces one to focus on your studies. However, each floor has its own unique scenery, function, and feel. So there’s always something for everyone.

Library Outpost​

Opening hours (Semester)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Opening hours (Vacation)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 7.00pm
•       Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Specialties
•       Books, periodicals, and references recommended by professors, librarians, and experts that are mostly for external academic pursuits
•       One of the few libraries with A/V materials available
•       Lots of special/rare books and references
•       TV cubicles for viewing movies
 

Other details/insights
•       This small library does not even feel like a library. More like a laid-back Kinokuniya. It is colorful and cozy. There are bean bags on the floor, stylish couches, and cute seats.
•       It’s not really much about studying in this library; it’s about relaxation and hanging out with friends quietly.

 

Wang Gungwu Library

Opening hours (Semester)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
•       Saturday: Closed
Opening hours (Vacation)
•       Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
•       Saturday: Closed
Specialties
•       Books and references related to Chinese culture/tradition, literature, and research
•       Books are in both English and Chinese
•       Permanent displays of old Singaporean educational materials
 

Other details/insights
•       This library is quite dark and is mostly lit by natural light, which is understandable as most of the books there look old and thus require protection.
•       Since it’s in an odd location, it is very quiet and very empty on most days, which makes it a good place to get some private space and time.

Ok, what else can they do?

Well, the usual really.

For one, you can print and photocopy. Depending on libraries, the price is also different. Libraries usually charge $0.045 – $0.05/black and white page and $0.54 – $1.00/color page for printing jobs. Photocopying cost $0.025/A4 black and white photocopy and $0.054/A4 color page photocopy. All printing and photocopying services in libraries are paid via a sensor that deducts money from your EZ-link card.

There are also study rooms and learning commons. Study rooms are individual private rooms with a lock; students can study in there with little to no distraction. Learning commons are special rooms available in only 2 libraries. Learning commons include:

Lee Wee Nam LibraryBusiness Library
Learning PodsDiscussion Pods
Multimonitor and Touchscreen PC WorkstationsMulti-screen PC Workstations
Recording RoomLanguage Learning
Video WallCinema
Digital newspapersCareer Research

To use these special rooms, you need to book them online on: http://ntufbs.ntu.edu.sg/

For details regarding each of these special rooms: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/facilities/Pages/BUSLearningCommons.aspx

http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/facilities/Pages/LWNLearningCommons.aspx

You can use the PCs provided in the libraries too. Technically, you’re supposed to book a computer at the PC booking station in the library before use; and each booking is only for an hour. But no one really abides by it unless it’s the peak time for computer usage (aka, midterms/finals period).

And of course, you can borrow things in NTU libraries (duh). Things you can borrow in NTU libraries: books, magazines, movies, and music. However, there are books that you can only borrow for a maximum loan period of 2 hours. You can borrow a total loan of 20 items at once.

For more details about what you can borrow: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Library/membership/student/pages/privileges.aspx

You can also consult librarians in NTU. Ask them about the how to find academic papers related to your research project. Ask them about the angle of your project. Basically, librarians are mentors that provide guidance if you choose to consult them. If you’re interested in knowing more about the services they provide, you can sign up for a talk on 16 or 18 August, 12 – 12:15pm or 4 – 4:45pm.

Sign up at any of the links below: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/events/events/Pages/DiscoverawealthofknowledgethroughtheLibraryEssentialsWorkshop.aspx

http://www.ntu.edu.sg/events/events/Pages/DiscoverawealthofknowledgethroughtheLibraryEssentialsWorkshop2.aspx

http://www.ntu.edu.sg/events/events/Pages/DiscoverawealthofknowledgethroughtheLibraryEssentialsWorkshop3.aspx

http://www.ntu.edu.sg/events/events/Pages/DiscoverawealthofknowledgethroughtheLibraryEssentialsWorkshop4.aspx


­Whether or not you’re actually a fan of libraries, I hope this guide would provide you with some insights on potential study spots in NTU. Good luck, and have fun exploring Pulau NTU!