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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!

C J Koh Law Library Extension is Open


C J Koh Law Library obtained approval for its extension from the relevant authorities including URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) and PMB (Preservation of Monuments Board) in 2010. Construction started on 6th June 2011 and obtained its TOP on 28 November 2011. The extension converts the 2 courtyards on the left and right of the Library into 2 rooms. The rooms have glass curtain walls and serve as breakout areas.

The two rooms have been named after the majestic Angsana tree that stands in one corner of the Lower Quadrangle where the Library is situated. It is the tree that is fondly remembered by many graduates and is eternalised in a photograph of the pioneer batch of law graduates taken in 1961. 

Angsana 1 has a seating capacity of 58 excluding the built-in benches along the glass walls. It serves as a multi-purpose area to be used for study, for presentations, trainings, group discussions. It is furnished and equipped with modular tables, roller blinds, a ceiling mounted projector and a 100 power points. Angsana 2 has 20 chairs excluding the benches around the wall. This room is equipped with 60 power points.

Well, let us know what you think of the two rooms and check out our Facebook page for more photos!


Legal Films


While I was at the Information Desk one day, a law professor requested the library to purchase films that she wanted to use for a module. So we started discussing the benefits of films as a teaching aid.

Films are seldom used in class, and the novelty factor can make students more excited about the topics being discussed. On a superficial level, films can be used by law professors to illustrate the legal process. On a deeper level, they can also provoke critical thinking and analysis. For example watching Twelve Angry Men can stimulate a debate about the role and selection of the jury. It can also generate a critical analysis of the pros and cons of the jury system. Films that depict lawyers can be used for analysing the roles of lawyers in society. In addition, many films can be used to discuss the issue of legal ethics.

Some films which can be used in law classes are: Minority Report (2002), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Rainmaker (1997), My Cousin Vinny (1992), Class Action (1991) and Jagged Edge (1986).

A Wonderful Way to Spend the Morning

One Saturday morning in May 09, my friend and I met at 8am to visit the Bukit Timah Campus (BTC) as well as the nearby Botanic Gardens. I bought a new camera (Canon PowerShot A590) last year. Being a novice user, I wanted to learn to use some of the features of the camera rather than just “point and shoot”.

As I work at BTC, I also wanted to take the opportunity to capture the buildings and the scenery around here. The Botanic Gardens (Bukit Timah Core) was also one of the places that I thought would be an interesting place to visit.

Here are some of the pictures I took that day.

This was one of the first shots that I took when I reached the Eco-Lake in Botanic Gardens. The children were having fun and I took a picture of them from a distance. The swan happened to be at the “right place at the right time”.

While I was busy taking pictures of the children, these two little fellows came along. I was distracted and followed them as they swam near us. Besides my usual “point and shoot” way of taking pictures, I tried to use the different “modes” of the camera (though not very successful at times). This was a nice shot that I managed to capture.

It was past 9 a.m. and it was getting hot. We sat down to rest. I looked around for interesting shots to take. Click …click… this picture turned out much better than I thought. Hmmm… were we in Singapore or somewhere else in the world? Perhaps Kew Gardens? Wish it wasn’t so hot here, though.

I never thought of taking a picture of the C J Koh Law Library building this way. We were just about to leave when my friend pointed this out. We took this picture from across the road while trying to hold on to our umbrellas. The drivers who drove past us must have been wondering what we were up to!!!

We were waiting at the bus stop (Dunean Road) across the road from BTC. I spotted the Tower Block, the orange NUS signboard and “Bukit Timah Rd” sign. What a good combination! I quickly took out my camera and shot this photo before the traffic lights turned green.

These pictures aren’t that fantastic but it was a fun way of spending half the day.

Digitization at C J Koh Law Library

Straits Settlements.  The laws of the Straits Settlements 1835-1919 : revised up to and including the 31st day of December, 1919; but exclusive of War and Emergency Legislation. 5 vols. London : Waterlow & Sons Ltd, 1920 (K7396 1920)

You can now access The laws of the Straits Settlements 1835-1919 at only a mouse click away.

The C J Koh Law Library has the only printed set of the revised edition in Singapore and the volumes are rather well-worn. As The laws of the Straits Settlements 1835-1919 is important to our nation’s legal history, the NUS Libraries with the assistance of iGroup, decided to digitize the entire set in order to preserve them. The set is now available freely on the web through the links provided in our online catalogue, LINC+, which would lead you straight to the PDF version.

Volume 1 covers ordinances from 1835 to 1900, volume 2 covers from 1901 to 1907, volume 3 covers 1908-1912, volume 4 covers 1913-1919 while volume 5 covers private ordinances.

The set enables you to locate old ordinances of Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Labuan. For instance, you can easily find the Penal Code of 1871 and the Copyright Ordinance of 1914. You can also trace the history of our medical school by referring to the “King Edward VII Medical School Ordinance no 191” of 1905.

A tribute to donors to NUS Libraries

NUS Libraries has received notable gifts and donations from private donors in recent years. Donations ranging from $500 to $5 million have been primarily used to purchase books, build special collections and renovate a library. We greatly appreciate these opportunities as a large portion of our annual operating budget is spent on subscription to current and ongoing resources.

Special collections of historical or research value are particularly precious to NUS Libraries because not only do they benefit scholars and researchers, the knowledge produced and communicated by the scholarly community ultimately benefits society.

We are delighted to announce that we used donated funds to complete our acquisition of the outstanding Siku Quanshu series and in early 2008,for the digitization project of Lat Pau.

Siku Quanshu (库全书) [Complete Library in Four Branches of Literature] is indisputably the single largest collection of Chinese classics in the world. With deep appreciation to the family of Mr Wan Boo Sow (雲茂潮先生), NUS Libraries is now one of the few libraries outside China and Taiwan to own the complete Siku series. This important East Asian Studies resource is now easily available to scholars and researchers within Southeast Asia.

Lat Pau (叻报) is the longest-running Chinese newspaper during pre-war Singapore. Regrettably, the earliest issues of Lat Pau are lost and now the issues extant at the NUS Chinese Library cover only the period from August 19, 1887 to March 31, 1932. The Library hopes the digitization project will preserve and further extend access to this invaluable pre-war resource for Singapore and Chinese Overseas research. Funding of the Lat Pau digitization project was sponsored by the family of Mrs Wang-Chen Hsiu Chin (陈秀女士) in memory of her.

Special print collections gifted to the Library are acknowledged with book plates bearing the names of the donors.

The significant endowment of over $5 million from the late Mr Koh Choon Joo, with a matching grant from the government, to name the Law Library has enabled us to upgrade the library building to house Singapore’s premier law research collection under suitable conditions, as well as provide the essential network facilities and environment conducive for research and study. A plaque was installed prominently at the entrance and driveway to perpetuate the name of our generous donor.

Smaller contributions, starting from $500 can be made through a new scheme, initiated by an NUS Alumnus, which is tailored for purchase of specific subjects of library resources (print and electronic). For more information, please visit our online donor gallery at http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/donor/home.htm and click on “NUS Libraries’ Needs”.

The Family of Mr Wan Boo Sow
The Wan Family has generously donated over S$100,000 to NUS Libraries, specifically for Chinese Library to acquire Chinese materials.  The Wan Family’s connection with NUS Libraries can be traced back in mid-1990s, where they donated some collection to Chinese Library. Since 1996, the Wan Family has been making generous yearly donations of S$10,000 to Chinese Library. This year, they made a new fresh gift pledge of S$150,000 to Chinese Library over the next ten years.

The Chinese Library has been using donations from the Wan Family for the acquisition of several important voluminous works. Notable among these are: Continuation of Sikuquanshu, Siku Banned Titles Series, Siku Excluded Titles Series, Collection of Local Gazettes of Hainan Province, Collection of Literary Works of Hainan Prominent Scholars, Biographies sources in Local gazettes from Huabei Region, Complete Works of Song dynasty and The Rare Books of Song Dynasty. These acquisitions have considerably enriched the Library’s resources and proven a great boon to researchers.

Mrs Wang-Chen Hsiu Chin
NUS Libraries received a $30,000 gift from the family of Mrs Wang-Chen Hsiu Chin (1922-1983), in support of its efforts to digitize its collection of Lat Pau (叻报), the longest running Chinese daily in pre-war Singapore.
The gift is in honour of the late Mrs Wang-Chen Hsiu Chin who was the University Librarian of the former University of Singapore, the predecessor institution of NUS. Mrs Wang joined the library in 1955 and retired as the head of the library in 1978.  She obtained both her MA in Political Science and Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to that, she had worked with a leading local Chinese newspaper Nanyang Siang Pau as a journalist and as the head of its resource centre.

The Straits Times, in reporting her passing in 1983, described Mrs Wang as “the woman who helped build the then University of Singapore’s library into one of the best in this region.” (S.T. 11.5.1983) Mrs Lee-Wang Cheng Yeng, daughter of Mrs Wang says: “This gift, made on the 25th anniversary of my mother’s earthly departure, is a tribute to a remarkable woman known for her professionalism, dedication and indomitable spirit. It is appropriate to celebrate her life and contributions by giving back to the library she had loved and served so well.” 

Lee Cheng Ean/Winnifred Wong/Maggie Yin, Central Library
Sim Chuin Peng, Chinese Library