About NTU Library

NTU Library provides seamless access to information, knowledge and library services which support the learning, teaching and research needs of the NTU community. It comprises seven libraries managed by the Office of Information, Knowledge and Library Services (OIKLS) and is guided by the University Library Committee (ULC) in charting its overall direction and alignment with the University’s strategic plans. Student leaders from across the University also represent their communities' interests through the Student Library Council (SLC).




NTU Library campus map.
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1. Art, Design & Media Library
ART-01-03 | Show location

2. Business Library
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2a. Library Instructional Commons
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3. Chinese Library
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4. Communication & Information Library
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5. Humanities & Social Sciences Library
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6. Lee Wee Nam Library
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7. Library Outpost
LHS-01-03 (The Hive) 
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Lee Wee Nam Library

Lee Wee Nam Library

Highlights: A variety of collaborative learning spaces, exhibition spaces, quiet and relaxation spaces, high-end computers, recording room.

Collections: Engineering and science.

Art, Design & Media Library

Art, Design & Media Library

Highlights: Open study spaces, cinema room and individual AV viewing stations.

Collections: Visual arts, architecture, drawing, design, illustration, painting, photography, audio-visual materials.

Business Library

Business Library

Highlights: Collaborative spaces, quiet spaces, individual study rooms, business lounge with Bloomberg and Datastream terminals.

Collections: Accounting, banking, business law, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality management, international business, management, marketing and strategy.

Chinese Library

Chinese Library

Highlights: Rare thread-bound books – Kangxi Dictionary, Imperial Collection of Four and more.

Collections: Chinese language materials covering Chinese literature, history, philosophy, religion, linguistics, politics, economy, sociology and management science.

Communication & Information Library

Communication & Information Library

Highlights: Archive of final year projects by communication students.

Collections: Mass communication and media, information sciences, communication research, media law and ethics.

Humanities & Social Sciences Library

Humanities & Social Sciences Library

Highlights: Singapore Collection and Singapore Literature Collection.

Collections: Psychology, sociology, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy and public administration.

Library Outpost

Library Outpost

Highlights: Café-style seating and lounging spaces, diverse audio-visual materials.

Collections: Audio-visual collection and Course Reserves for HSS and NBS.

Suspension of visits and tours

Due to enhanced safety measures by the university, visits by external members and public to NTU libraries will be suspended from 10 May 2021 until further notice.


Art, Design and Media Library will be temporarily closed on Saturdays from 4 Sep 2020 onwards

As the School of Art, Design and Media building will not be open on weekends for the time being, the Art, Design and Media Library will also be closed on Saturdays until further notice.


All libraries are closed on public holidays. Please check announcements on Library homepage for changes in opening hours. For actual dates of semester and vacation periods, refer to NTU's Academic Calendar.


Monday - Friday8:30 am - 9.30 pm
Saturday8:30 am - 5:00 pm
(Communication & Information Library closes at 1:00 pm;
Art, Design and Media Library is closed until further notice)



Monday - Friday8:30 am - 7:00 pm
(Art, Design & Media Library and Communication & Information Library closes at 5:00 pm)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
(Closed: Art, Design & Media Library and Communication & Information Library)


  •  Photocopying and network printing services will stop 30 minutes before the Library closes.
  •  Level 5 of Lee Wee Nam Library closes 15 minutes earlier.


Lee Wee Nam Library Extended Hours:

Period: 22 March - 6 May 2021

Monday - Friday8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday9:30 am - 7:00 pm

Services available during extended hours:

  1. The following are available at all times during the library's opening hours:
    • PCs
    • Self-check machines
    • Self-service photocopying
    • Network printing
  2. The main printing room will be closed during extended hours (9:30 pm - 11:30 pm) on weekdays, but will be open during the weekends.
  3. Facilities at Level 2 Collaboration Space are not available during extended hours.

Take a walk down memory lane with NTU Library as it crosses important milestones from 1981 to the present.



Mr Lee Wee Nam

A successful businessman from humble beginnings, Mr Lee Wee Nam (1880-1964) was a firm believer of education, especially that of young women. He was involved in setting up the Ngee Ann Girls’ School and Nanyang University. He sat on the committees of the Nan Hwa Girls’ School and the Chinese High School. In recognition of the generous $10 million donation by the family of the late Mr Lee, the main NTU Library was renamed Lee Wee Nam Library on 2 November 2001. In 2007, the family made another donation to establish the Lee Wee Nam Science and Technology Library Collection Endowment Fund. Learn more about our benefactor at Lee Wee Nam: Life and Times of a Philanthropist.

Mr Lee Wee Nam exhibition collage.


Mr Lim Hong Too, Founding University Librarian

Mr Lim Hong Too, founding University Librarian of NTU Library, shares his unique experience on building an academic library from scratch and the challenges faced as the industry moves towards automation and digitalisation. This video interview project is one of NTU Library’s effort to preserve its institutional memory. Watch the interview here.

Interview with founding University Librarian Mr Lim Hong Too.


Statistical Profile for Library Resources (FY19/20)

Books (print)812,506
Books (electronic)1,070,067
Audio-visual materials77,710
Periodical titles (print & electronic)104,371
Deposits in repository96,211
- Student theses and reports58,393
- Staff publications25,323
- Research data files12,495

Statistical Profile for Library Resources (AY18/19)

Books (print)827,688
Books (electronic)1,024,123
Audio-visual materials91,390
Periodical titles (print & electronic)103,672
Deposits in repository83,585
- Student theses and reports55,433
- Staff publications22,623
- Research data files5,529


Statistical Profile for Library Spaces (2020)

All Libraries in total15,229
Lee Wee Nam Library7,895
Business Library2,735
Art, Design and Media Library1,295
Chinese Library1,040
Humanities and Social Sciences Library953
Library Instructional Commons582
Library Outpost375
Communication & Information Library354


The use of library resources and are governed by policies to ensure responsible utilisation by members.


The Library is privileged to be the beneficiary of many generous hearts who have contributed to its development through the years with monetary gifts and book donations.


Giving to Library Enhancement & Development Fund

The Library Enhancement and Development Fund was created with donations from individuals, organisations, NTU faculty, administrative staff, alumni and students. It is used to develop information resources, services and facilities at NTU Library.

Make a difference today by donating to the Library Enhancement and Development Fund.


Gift of Endowment Funds

1. Lee Wee Nam Science & Technology Library Collection Endowment Fund

This Endowment Fund donated by the Lee Wee Nam family in 2007 enables the Library to:

  • Increase the range and depth of engineering and science books.
  • Provide access to a wider selection of e-books and other electronic resources, particularly in non-mainstream disciplines.
  • Develop programmes and resources to increase usage of science and engineering literature.

Resources acquired with this fund augment the Library’s current collection and continue to benefit future generations of NTU students, researchers and faculty.

2. Annie Tan (Mrs Wan Boo Sow) Chinese Book Collection

This Endowment Fund donated by the Wan Boo Sow family in 2010 enhances the Library’s Chinese book collection in the following areas:

  • Chinese books with subject matters relating to Singapore and Southeast Asia.
  • Secondary works on literature, humanities, social sciences and other disciplines which inform the study of Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Books acquired with this fund will benefit all users involved in studying, teaching and research activities relating to Singapore and Southeast Asia.

If you would like to explore ways to give to the Library, please contact the NTU Development Office on a range of opportunities or browse the Frequently Asked Questions on giving to NTU.


Gift of Books & Materials

The Library recognises that donations complement, broaden and enrich its collections. However, with limited space and resources, the Library needs be selective in accepting donation requests.

For details on condition of books and terms of acceptance, please read the Donation of Materials to Library Policy.


Explore opportunities to work with the Library as full-time/part-time staff or as Student Assistants. Professional and executive staff vacancies are also listed on the NTU Human Resources website. In addition, professional vacancies may be advertised through the Library Association of Singapore website.

Current vacancies at NTU Library:


Librarian, Emerging Technologies

NTU Library invites applications for the position of Librarian or Senior Librarian (Emerging Technologies) for our Digital Technology and Analytics Team. The successful candidate will collaborate extensively with various library teams/units in offering innovative and comprehensive technology solutions for a variety of library's digital initiatives to support the learning, teaching and research needs of NTU community. The incumbent will also be responsible for optimizing the library's enterprise systems, including Alma/Primo and to explore, experiment emerging technologies for library, identify opportunities and implement innovative solutions to optimize work processes, enable data driven decision making and enhance digital library services.


  • Manage and optimise the library's enterprise SaaS systems, which includes Alma/Primo and Leganto, and maintain its integration with other university systems.
  • Explore, evaluate, and experiment new and emerging digital technologies and identify suitable tools for application in library.
  • Collaborate extensively with all library teams, seek new opportunities, and propose and implement innovative digital solutions for continuous improvement.
  • Automate work processes with relevant technology to improve efficiency/productivity.
  • Facilitate data linking across different library platforms by integrating systems and processes with API.
  • Design and manage data analytics dashboards to enable data driven decision making by individual teams.
  • Provide training to build staff awareness and confidence in using library software applications, tools, equipment, and its new features.
  • Coordinate and manage special projects assigned.


    • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from a recognised university.
    • At least 2-3 years of working experience in Information Technology projects preferably in academic libraries or education/research institutions.
    • Demonstrated skills with modern programming languages, data visualisation tools and digital technologies (e.g., XML, JSON, RPA, QlikSense, Python, PHP, PowerApps, Chatbots, Web scraping, APIs).
    • Knowledge or experience in the administration of Alma, Primo and Leganto platforms is an advantage.
    • Experience in facilitation and documentation of technical and end-user requirements, requirement specifications and documentation in accordance with recognized best practices.
    • Passionate in experimenting emerging technologies and excited by its possibilities, have the confidence and drive for continual learning to keep up with the trend.
    • Ability to advise users in process re-engineering and present innovative solutions to challenging problems.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving ability supported by project management experience, and facilitation capabilities.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including an ability to explain complex technology to non-technical users.
    • Effective interpersonal skills to develop good working relations among peers, colleagues, and stakeholders.
    • Agile with demonstrated sound organizational skills, and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner in a fast-paced environment.

    To apply, please submit application, resume and cover letter here. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


    Librarian, Research Data Services

    NTU Library invites applications for the position of Librarian for our Research Data Management Team.  We are seeking for a highly motivated individual who has the relevant skill sets and experience to provide support on digital curation tools and latest NTU research data repository functionalities to meet international open science best practices by collaborating with data producers/curators from various subject disciplines, and IT personnel (internal and external). He/She shall perform the data analysis that supports enterprise key risk indicator reporting. He/She will also contribute to the planning and provision of research data and open science services and education in support of NTU 2025 Research Strategy and the NTU Data Governance Policy.


    • Analyse university data for research data related risk reporting purposes
    • Explore and implement digital curation tools that meet international open science best practices
    • Provide data management planning training and advice to PIs and their team members.
    • Test and teach the use of new NTU research data repository functionalities/updates that come with each version upgrade (8-10 per year)
    • Teach and advise data depositors on best practices that align with funders, journals and institutional guidelines


    • A recognized Masters in Library and Information Science or MLIS is preferred.
    • A recognized bachelor's degree in computer science is preferred.
    • At least 1-2 years of experience working in an academic library or research setting
    • Good working knowledge of data management best practices across the research data lifecycle
    • Aptitude for creating metadata and working with digital repositories
    • Demonstrated written and presentation skills
    • Experience with Python, R, SQL and SPARQL
    • Familiarity with various metadata formats e.g., JSON, XML and metadata standards for managing research data
    • Ability to collaborate effectively with peers, colleagues, and stakeholders
    • Good organisational skills and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner in a fast-paced environment

    To apply, please submit application, resume and cover letter here. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


    Student Assistant

    Broaden your horizons with part-time work at NTU Library (for current NTU students only).


    • Earn while you study (minimum $8 per hour)
    • ​Choose flexible work hours
    • Work on campus
    • Express your creativity
    • See your work on display
    • Gain valuable skill sets and knowledge
    • Build up your portfolio and widen your work experience​

    Requirements are detailed in the links of Library departments currently seeking Student Assistants:

    To apply, log on to Work Study Scheme.

    Office of Information, Knowledge & Library Services

    50 Nanyang Avenue, North Spine 3, Level 4, Singapore 639798

    Tel: 6790 5776
    Email: library@ntu.edu.sg
    Whatsapp: 8395 0629
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    Staff Directory

    Contact our staff for enquiry, research and collaboration opportunities.


    Visitors & Tours

    Due to enhanced safe management measures by the university, on-campus visits by external parties are suspended until further notice.