Category Archives: Events

Law open house 2014

The C J Koh Law Library participated in the Law Open House held at the Bukit Timah Campus on 15th March 2014. To mark this special event, the Law Library’s opening hours were extended to 6 pm on that day. There were more than two hundred people visiting the Law Library that day as part of their campus tour.




The Law library put up a display of books and journals in conjunction with the open house. It showcased major legal publications of Commonwealth Countries.




There were also Law students who volunteered to give library tours to the visitors. These students did a good job in explaining our collections and facilities to the prospective students and their parents. The Law Library is proud to have hosted this event and looks forward to the next open house!

Sleeping Corner @ NUS Libraries — April Fools Prank 2014

[As most of you should have figured out by now, this was NUS Libraries Social Media Team playing a small prank on April Fools. We hope this brought a small smile to your face:) Happy April everyone!]

Recently, NUS Libraries launched a  beta run of a revolutionary new service. “Sleeping Corners” were set up at various parts of the Central Library. It was part of a brand new initiative to give students space to rest and relax after a hard day of mugging. The “Sleeping Corners” proved popular, with many students giving their thumbs up of approval.

“I don’t stay on campus, so this is really convenient for me. Now I can recharge in between lectures!” said Tan Ai Khun, a 2nd year FASS student, as he stretched out for a nap beside the LINC terminals on Level 4.


Sleeping Corner combined


“I love the mattress and pillows. They are so comfortable, and they make the library look so homely,” said Siti Bte Tidur, a 1st year Engineering student, who decided to spend her lunch break resting in a “Sleeping Corner” at one of the chat points.

It is a common sight to see tired students laying their heads on the table for a short nap. While this simple act may help them to recharge, it could actually bring more harm than good. The position of laying your head sideways on the table may cause neck muscles strain and numbness in the arms. Some students may also inevitably drool on the table due to the awkward position and hence, creating an embarrassing situation when they wake up and also compromising the hygiene of the library facilities.





NUS Libraries hopes to organize more such student-friendly initiatives in the future! Do leave your comments and let us know of any other initiatives NUS Libraries can be involved in!


Shh… We had a date with MKT1003 students in HSSML

Are you curious about what librarians in Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library have been doing recently?  Let’s take a look at what’s been happening at HSSML Training Room (3rd floor).


This screen looks familiar. It looks like a database interface! Yes, this is a popular business database – Business Source Premier! Students are sitting up and listening attentively. They are eagerly learning how to search for journal articles and company profiles such as for Apple Inc. But, where are our librarians?



There they are! Meet our instructors for this session, Kah Wei and Kash ($$$). Kash is waiting for the students to apply their own searches in the databases taught while Kah Wei is assisting them.



That hand belongs to Kash, one of our friendly librarians who is explaining the function of using truncation in Business Source Premier. In the example above, strateg* retrieves a variation of word such as strategy, strategies, strategic, etc. He then combined “market* strateg*” to bring together the different possible variations on the words market and strategy. Awesome!



The librarians also taught another key business database: Passport (aka. GMID, Euromonitor). In the picture below, Linyu is showing students how to navigate Passport. She pointed out relevant resources derived from one starting point: a “Beer in Singapore”. She also showed company profiles such as a profile on “Asia Pacific Breweries”. Last but not least, she encouraged students to look at consumer lifestyles reports.

Students who attended the session gave great feedback. Many suggested we should continue conducting this tutorial in the future. Thank you for all your comments, MKT1003 students. The Librarians enjoyed their “date” with you!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Our Emails are:





~Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library

Book and Art Exhibition on Chinese Popular Religion @ Chinese Library

To promote the growing interest in research on Chinese popular religions of the NUS community, an exhibition showcasing over 180 publications on Chinese temples in Southeast Asia was put up in the Chinese Library. This was also to raise awareness on the primary resources and research works on Chinese temples kept in the Chinese Library.


In conjunction with this exhibition, 8 sketch paintings on Chinese temples and shrines in Singapore by Dr Ho Chee Lick, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Chinese Studies cum local artist, is displayed next to the book exhibition. The paintings included temples and shrines of Buddhism, Taoism, popular religion, and sectarian religions from antiquity to contemporary times. They are selected from over 300 sketch paintings that Dr Ho made in 2012 and 2013.


combined 3 and 4EDIT


We cordially invite you to visit the exhibitions at the Chinese Library Exhibition Area at Level 6!

In addition, the online versions of the two exhibitions are setup to enable them to reach out to a wider audience. For details, please visit:

Book Exhibition on Chinese Temples @ Southeast Asia

Sketch Paintings on Chinese Temples @ Singapore



1. 庙宇@东南亚资料展



2. 新加坡华人庙宇素描展

本展览所展示之八幅素描作品,由本地画家暨本系高级讲师何自力博士于 2012年至2013年间绘制。各幅作品各具特色,涵盖本地佛教、道教、一贯道及民间宗教信仰的庙宇。各幅作品皆注明庙宇中英文名称、路名/街名及创作日期等简要信息。







E-Resource Discovery Day 2013

The 6th annual NUS Libraries E-Resource Discovery Day (ERDD) took place on Thursday, 29 August at the Central Forum. We had plenty of activities such as quizzes and games to help our students be better acquainted with the E-Resources.


As a pre-event activity, we held a two-week Online Quiz. This year the quiz was tougher as participants were required to score full marks before being eligible for the lucky draw. On the day of the event itself, some of our E-Resource vendors set up booths to promote the use of E-Resources to the NUS community. Over 300 NUS Staff and students participated in the Forum Quiz where they learnt how to do certain tasks of varying difficulty on NUS’ subscribed E-Resources from the vendors and be eligible for the Forum Quiz Lucky Draw.

This year we had a new lunch time event called the New E-Resource Discovery Game Show (NERD). We had 12 participants who went through 1 nail biting group round of a variety of questions to determine our top four who then battled it out in a fastest fingers first race! Everyone walked away a winner that day though! Do check out our winners at the end of this post!


Of course, we had our popular NUS Fund Raising Sale this year from 29 to 30 August. We placed our donation boxes at all the NUS Libraries and encouraged everyone to donate their books that were still in good condition from 23rd May to 5th August, which were then priced and organized into various categories. For our Garage Sale, our items came from some generous colleagues. Some of these items were displayed on a mannequin in NUS Central Library’s lobby. On the days of the sale, most were quite impressed with the variety and the low prices of the books and items in our Fund Raising sale. We also had special offers this year like a tie up with Ben & Jerry’s in giving away a scoop of ice cream to those who spent a certain amount at our sale and flash sales!

We collected a total of $11,500 at the end of the sale. This amount was then given to Annual NUS Giving Bursary Fund, which is a fund dedicated to assisting students with financial needs.  We would like to thank everyone who either donated books and/or came down to purchase books and items for our sale! We hope to see you again at future NUS Libraries events! Do check out our Instagram account (@nuslibraries , #erdd2013)  for photos & videos!

Online Quiz Lucky Draw winners

Prize Winner
1st: iPad mini 16 GB with Wifi (iGroup) Koh Yi-Da David
2nd: iPod Nano (16GB) (UBS) Vivian Tai Huan Fen
3rd: Philips digital wireless headphones and clock radio (Taylor & Francis) Lam Mingjun
4th: S$150 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Kendrick Okeefe
5th: S$100 Kinokuniya vouchers (Lexis Nexis) Li Xiaoxi
6th: iPod shuffle (Sage) Ting Jun Xiang
7th: Creative D80 Bluetooth Speakers (Proquest) Yuen Wee Siang
8th: Portable mobile charger (One Source) Dr Koh Geok Liang
9th: Wireless mouse (MIMS) Ko Zheng Teng

Forum Quiz Lucky Draw winners

Prize Winner
1st: iPad Wifi 32GB (Elsevier) Le Sy Quoc
2nd: iPad mini 16 GB with Wifi (Ovid) Liao Fang Bo
3rd: iPad Bluetooth keyboard (IEEE) Dang Truong Hoang Ngan
4th: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) (Wiley) Chauhan Jay Mukesh
5th: iPod Nano (EBSCO) Zhu Yi
6th: S$150 Capitaland vouchers (Gale Cengage) Ashiwini Kumao Sham
7th: Carbon Audio Zooka Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Thomson Reuters) Vu Thi Thuy Trang
8th: Swatch Watch (Springer) Chew Rong Ping, Victoria
9th: S$100 Kinokuniya vouchers (LexisNexis) Sahar Tavakoli
10th: TDK Headphones (ProQuest) Zhou Jieliang

N.E.R.D Game Show winners

Prize Winner
1st: One iPod Nano (16GB) + One iPod Nano WatchBand (Ovid) Shubhabrata Sen
2nd: Nikon Coolpix L610 camera (red; limited edition) (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Wesley Teo
3rd: SkullCandy Hesh earphones (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Chen Jiaying
4th: Seagate 1 TB external desktop hard drive (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Viswam Parthiban
Consolation prizes 5-12: $20 Capitaland Vouchers (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Shivam BhardwajJimmy Lam MingJun

Vishnukumar VJ

Sravana Kumar

Rishita Changede

Loke Pei Ling Yvonne

Dave Mangindaan

Qin Bin



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.



逾120位中文系师生、校友、中文图书馆现任职员与退休职员齐聚一堂欢庆这个特别的日子。到场祝贺的特别嘉宾包括东亚研究所主席王赓武教授、国大文学暨社会科学院副院长Robbie Goh教授、国大图书馆馆长叶瑞明女士、南大图书馆前馆长、国大图书馆前代馆长许统义先生、新大中文图书馆前主任林鸿图先生、新大和国大中文图书馆前主任许国华先生、国大中文图书馆前主任李金生先生等等。









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