LINUS January 1999 : Library News
New look for Chinese Library
Chinese Library Head
The newly renovated Chinese Library in the Central Library building, houses the largest Chinese language collection in Singapore. In view of its importance, a proposal was made in October 1996 to provide the Chinese Library with its own entrance and to physically merge its research section and lending section which were separated by a public linkway.
The aim was to transform and create a distinct identity for the the Chinese Library to reflect the quality and uniqueness of its collection and its "national role" of serving Chinese studies researchers. The renovated premises would improve accessiblity as well as creating an environment that is more comfortable for the users and conducive to research.
The renovated Chinese Library now occupies a portion of the 5th and 6th floors of the Central Library building and is linked by an internal staircase. A new and prominent main entrance has been created to provide direct access to the Chinese Library along the public linkway between the Central Library and Lecture Theatre 3.
Most of the public services are centered on the entrance floor. This includes the loan counter and the information counter, recommended books collection, current and bound periodicals, main shelves books and a reading area equipped with access points to the NUS computer network for users with notebook computers. It also houses the reference collection, arts collection, newspapers, as well as the classical Chinese collection. There are six terminals for accessing the Library catalogue and two terminals for searching CD-ROMs subscribed by the Chinese Library.
The administrative office is located on the lower floor together with the special collections, such as the Southeast Asian Collection, the Four Treasury Library Collection and Theses Collection. A small reading area is provided for users consulting these collections.
The new glass-fronted entrance was opened to users on 19 December 1998. The substantially refurbished Chinese Library with up-to-date IT facilities is part of our continuous efforts to strive for excellence by improving our service to all our users.
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Contents January 1999