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Naming of the Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room

On 18 September, a naming ceremony was held on level 5 of Central Library at the information desk area. The Reference Room was to be renamed as the Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room, in remembrance of the late Mrs Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt who led the NUS Libraries from 1980 until her retirement in July 1991.

The invited guests include Mr Hochstadt and family, friends of Mrs Hochstadt, retired NUS administrative staff, as well as past and present staff of the NUS Libraries. NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan graced the ocassion and unveiled the plaque together with Mr Hochstadt:

After the speech by University Librarian Ms Sylvia Yap, the guests and staff went into the newly named Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room, and viewed a slideshow about Mrs Hochstadt.

They also discussed and reminisced about some of the titles that were donated by the Hochstadt family, which were on display:

Here is the speech that was given by University Librarian Ms Sylvia Yap:

Good evening, Mr Hochstadt and family members, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, President of NUS,  Prof Lim Pin, Prof Thumboo, past and present colleagues, and friends.

A very warm welcome to the Central Library.

Thank you for taking time off from your busy schedule to be with us this evening to honor a very special lady. Those of us gathered here, who knew the late Mrs Peggy Hochstadt or Big Boss (BB) as we affectionately called her, will agree that she is someone whom we were privileged to have met on our life’s journey.

She had left us with many treasured memories. We recall the jokes she shared, her tea sessions with new and junior staff, her many interactions with us in Cantonese and the efforts she took to showed us the correct way to write memos, circulars and minutes of meetings. Many colleagues in the Library still remember her honest, sincere and caring personalities very fondly. She was our BB, mentor, colleague and friend.

The Library is her legacy. Her vision was the pivotal first step that placed the NUS Libraries on our trajectory towards excellence.

The late Mrs Peggy Hochstadt joined the university library service in 1960 shortly after graduating from the University of Malaya. From the late 1970s, the planning and building of the new university campus at Kent Ridge were already underway. She contributed actively towards the planning of the new campus, including the design of the new library building; and the subsequent move of the various library collections from their many different locations to the new Kent Ridge campus. During her tenure as Chief Librarian (1978-1990), she saw the university library transform from a traditional card catalogue and print-based library to an innovative hybrid library which still remains a showcase to our Southeast Asian neighbours.

She was one of Singapore’s pioneer and outstanding librarians who had done much for the NUS Libraries and the profession. She was also well respected by all at NUS, not only by her own staff but also by faculty members and her colleagues from other administrative departments. It is therefore timely for us today to recognize a unique, dynamic and well-loved leader, her stewardship of NUS Libraries and her many contributions to building the Singapore library profession.

As a tribute to the late Mrs Peggy Hochstadt–the first Chief Librarian of NUS Libraries–for her dedication to NUS and 31 years of committed service until her retirement in 1991, the Library will be naming this reference room in the Central Library, the Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room, in short, the PH Room in honour of her. PH were the initials she used on all the documents she vetted or forwarded to us for action.

The family also very generously donated a collection of 526 titles to enrich the NUS Libraries’ print collection. The gifted collection can be viewed from our Donors’ Gallery via our Library Portal. Today we have displayed some selected items on tables in the room.

It is with great pleasure that I now invite Prof Tan to unveil the Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room.

Prof Tan, please.








Talk: Lim Boon Keng and Lu Xun (in Mandarin) 

Co-organizers: Sun Yat Sun Nanyang Memorial Hall;The Chinese in Southeast Asia Research Group, Department of Chinese Studies;and Chinese Library

Speaker: Prof Lee Guan Kin (Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Chinese Language and Culture, Nanyang Technological University, Visiting Professor at Xiamen University)

Date: 19 September 2013 (Thursday)

Time: 2pm to 3:30pm

Venue: Central Library Theatrette 1 (Level 4)

A guided tour of the “Dr Lim Boon Keng: his life and legacy” will be conducted after the talk.

We welcome NUS staff and students to attend the talk.

Report on the Chinese Studies and Chinese Library 60th Anniversary Exhibition

Following the blog article on the 60th anniversary exhibition, the exhibition was launched at 10.30 am on 6 August at Chinese Library exhibition area (Central Library Level 6).

More than 120 participants attended the event, including academic and administrative staff, students and alumni from the Department of Chinese Studies as well as the current and retired staff from the Chinese Library. Our special guests included Professor Wang Gungwu (Chairman of the East Asian Institute), Professor Robbie Goh (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), and former heads of the Chinese Library.

A photo album of the event is available here.



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New to NUS?

New to NUS? Come and join our library orientation programmes, and get a headstart with your assignments and projects!

Central Library Programmes

FASS, FOE, SDE & SOC students can join either the hands-on or online sessions, or tours!
• Tours (Reception Desk)
Date: 1, 2, 5, 6, 12 – 16 Aug
10 – 10.45am, 1 – 1.45pm

• Search Skills Training (Training Room, Level 6)
Date: 1, 2, 5, 6, 12 – 16 Aug
Graduate students: 11am – 12.30pm
Undergraduates: 2 – 3.30pm
No registration is required. First come, first-served basis.
• Online (WebEx) session: 11am – 12.30pm
Date: 22 Aug
Look out for announcements on the library portal.

Tour Chinese Library

Library tours from 12 – 23 Aug (except weekends), twice daily at 10 – 11am and 2 – 3pm.
Please meet at the Information Desk of the Chinese Library.

Business School Students

Come to Hon Sui Sen Library for a tour and after that, an information searching session with FindMore@NUSL. No registration is required.
Date: 12 – 16 Aug
Time: 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Meet at the Information Desk of Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library (Level 1).

Discover Science Library

Join us for a hands-on library orientation session cum tour. All are welcome and no registration is required.
Venue: Science Library, Block S6, Level 4, Training Room
Date & Time:
5 Aug (Mon): 11 am – 12 pm
6 Aug (Tue): 12 – 1 pm
13 Aug (Tue): 1 – 2 pm

For enquiries, please contact

Students from Dentistry, Law, Medical, and Nursing faculties as well as Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music will have pre-arranged visits to the libraries. Do check with your respective departments!

For more information, you may also want to check out the following:

New to NUS guide
Interactive library guide
NUS Libraries’ Facebook page
NUS Libraries’ YouTube page

We wish you a fun and fruitful time at NUS!

Discover HSSML!

With the new term looming, we at Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library (HSSML) are working tirelessly for the upcoming Library Orientation. Although we cater mainly to business students, we welcome students from all faculties to join us. Here are the details:

Discover HSSML!

Date: 12 – 16 August

Tour start: 11am, 12nn and 1 pm

Learn how to search for journal articles, e-books, videos and other resources using FindMore@NUSL after each tour.

No registration is required, meeting point is the information desk of HSSML.

Many staff at HSSML are helping with the HSSML Orientation in one way or another. Here are just two of them:

Su Yian designed the orientation poster and handouts. You’ll find a poster near the Information Desk, which is the starting point for the library tour.

And this is Radah, who pumped dozens of balloons to decorate the entrance of the library to welcome the new students!

New business students, you will become efficient and effective at researching for your assignments, by using the resources that we will show you!

See you next week!

Thevaprakash Goeffrey
Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library

Chinese Studies & Chinese Library 60th Anniversary Exhibition

Happy 60th birthday to the NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Chinese Library!

To mark this event, Chinese Library will be holding an NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Chinese Library 60th Anniversary Exhibition from 6 August to 30 November.

Venue: Chinese Library Exhibition Area (Chinese Library, Level 6)

Please feel free to come and experience the fruitful six decades.






Results of the Library User Perception Survey Prize Draw

On 25 April 2013, 15 excited students and staff gathered at Central Library Theatrette One. It was the prize presentation ceremony for the Library User Perception Survey Prize Draw!

The 15 winners were randomly selected from the pool of participants of the Library User Perception Survey, held from 7 to 28 March. What made the event even more exciting was everyone knew they had won something. The live draw was for them to see for themselves which prizes they were getting.

The event started off with a welcome message by Deputy University Librarian, Mrs Lee Cheng Ean, who thanked the audience for participating in the Library User Perception Survey. Next, Senior Librarian Aaron Tay shared some highlights from the survey results, including sample comments given by the participants. A write up of the survey results will be published on the Library Survey website shortly.

Finally, it was the moment everyone was waiting for! Anticipation was high as University Librarian, Ms Sylvia Yap started drawing the winners’ names from a glass bowl. The draw started from the fifteenth prize. As more names were being drawn for the prizes, those whose names had not yet been called became more excited, as they would have better chances of winning the top prizes generously sponsored by the library’s partners.

The first prize winner, Ms Sandhya Chintalapati, walked away with an Asus 7 inch tablet, while our second prize winner, Ms Mukta Bansal, won an iPad mini.

After the draw and a quick round of photo-taking, everyone enjoyed a spread of pastries, coffee and tea. Conversation flowed and new friends were made.

We thank the NUS community for participating in the 2013 Library User Perception Survey. We received a total of 6,718 responses, with a response rate of 14.3%.  Your contributions to the survey will help us perform better.  Look out for the summarized results, which will be published later at the Library Survey website.

Congratulations once again to our prize winners:

1st prize (Asus 7 inch tablet 32GB 3G):  Sandhya Chintalapati

2nd prize (iPad mini wi-fi 16GB):  Mukta Bansal

3rd prize (Nikon Coolpix S6400 digital camera):  Tan Ching Yi

4th prize (3M Polarizing light):  Benoit Mayer

5th prize (3M Polarizing light):  Zhou Yong Justin

6th prize (3M Polarizing light):  Jonas Taege

7th prize (Cooler Master power fort 6600mAh):  Elizebeth Mathai Aswathy

8th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Lin Xuzheng

9th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Tang Ka Fai

10th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Lin Hsiao Lei

11th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Wong Chun Foong Jovian

12th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Zhang Hong

13th prize (Wireless mouse + $50 Kinokuniya vouchers):  Yang Kaymond

14th prize (Wireless mouse + $50 Kinokuniya vouchers):  Yeo Li Xia Amanda

15th prize (Wireless mouse + $50 Kinokuniya vouchers):  Hsu Jung Pu

Library Survey 2013 Team

ArtsBuzz Exhibition: Oiled Impressions & Penmai

Two collections–Oiled Impressions and Penmai–are on display at ArtsBuzz of Central Library, from 4-18 March.

The immediate surrounding has always had an enchanting effect on me, whenever I  pause and take it in. “Oiled Impressions” represents just that collection of moments: moments I took in, moments I yearn to be in, and moments I dream of.  “Penmai” is a collection that is very close to my heart. “Penmai” is the Tamil word for “feminine” and women have always been a source of inspiration for my thoughts. The kindness of a kitchen help, the grace of a dancer, the innocence of a little girl, the love of a grandmother, the labour of a spinach seller, the vivacity of a mother, are just some of my inspirations.

This is my very first exhibition at NUS and I hope you will take a turn around the world through my tinted shades.

Dhanya is a Civil Engineering undergraduate. She comes from Chennai, a South Indian city that has deepened her senses and appreciation of culture and tradition. She has been drawing and painting since she was a child and is discovering herself as an artist, today.

When she isn’t painting, Dhanya is busy training to be an engineer. She enjoys writing, designing clothes, filling her ears with indie music, and chalking plans to change the world. She loves to meet people and can be contacted

Dhanya Balasubramanian
Civil Engineering







Chinese New Year Events @ The Libraries

Chinese New Year (CNY) is around the corner. NUS Libraries wish you a prosperous Year of Snake!

For the months of January and February 2013, we will be organising four celebration events as shown below:

1. CNY Couplets Exhibition (春联展示)
28 – 30 Jan (Mon – Wed)
    Chinese Library Level 6

2. CNY Couplets Writing (挥春活动)
31 Jan (Thurs), 11am – 2pm
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette2


3. Feng Shui Talk by Master Dong Nong Zheng (董农政师父风水讲座)
5 Feb (Tue), 4pm – 6pm
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette1

4. Lantern Riddle Competition  (灯谜竞猜)
22 Feb (Fri), 9am – 5pm
Chinese Library Level 6

We cordially invite all NUS students and staff to take part in these events and celebrate Chinese New Year with us!