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3D Interactive Map Enhancements

We have two enhancements in our 3D Interactive Map to shout about.

You might already be familiar with the 3D Map feature for C J Koh Law, Central and Chinese Library. Now, you can add Music Library to the list of NUS libraries accessible in 3D! Explore its nooks and crannies as you tour the library virtually from your own PC.

Music Library 3D map

Using Google Earth technology, the 3D map shows detailed landmarks in different sections on the various floors of the Music Library, complete with descriptive information and photos. The 3D Map is amazingly detailed, right down to the colour of the chairs, and texture of the carpet! Find out where the different collections are shelved–from the Music Books Collection to the Miniature and Oversized Scores Collection-– so that you’ll know exactly where to browse for that Vivaldi score the next time you visit the Music Library!

Going one step further is the 3D Book Search tool. This service is now available for the Music, C J Koh Law, and Chinese libraries in addition to Central Library. With this handy tool, you can locate the exact shelf number of a book via LINC. This certainly saves the hassle of scouring shelves high and low, in search of an item. Using the 3D Book Search is easy! Here are the steps:


 Book search 1


 Book search 2


For more information on the 3D Book Search tool, you can view this presentation.

With the 3D Map and 3D Book Search tool, getting to know the library’s space and collection is made much more convenient. Give it a try today!

Georgiana Glass
Central Library

NUS Open House 2009

NUS Libraries exhibited at the NUS Open House this year as part of the Life on Campus display. Together with Office of Student Affairs, Centre for the Arts and University Town, we set out to give potential students a glimpse of what life in NUS consisted of. There are not only cultural and artistic pursuits, extra-curricular activities, a new University hub to look forward to; there is also a library network of seven libraries full of rich resources to support their academic needs.

Over at Central and Law Libraries, librarians and students conducted tours for many visitors as well. Many questions were asked about NUS Libraries’ services, resources, and mission and we were glad to be able to share with them our emphasis on providing high-quality, in time information to the NUS community.

In total, more than 300 people visited the libraries at NUS.

To view more pictures of this event, please to go to:

NUS Central Library in 3D

There’s now a cooler way to explore and discover the Central Library. The 3D library tour using Google Earth technology was launched on 8 August 2008 with the aim of helping users to find their way around the Central Library, the largest of the NUS Libraries. All you need is to download the free Google Earth plugin, currently available for Windows users only.

The 3D Interactive map not only showcases the Central Library’s facilities and collections in a visually pleasing way, it also helps users and visitors familiarise themselves with the layout and organisation of Central Library, all at their own pace and time. And for those who aren’t, two customised tours have been created. There’s an orientation tour, designed for new undergraduates to discover the vast amount of resources and the services at their disposal, and a “quickie” tour for those in a hurry! In both tours, additional information is given about a landmark only when you click on the icon on top of the site, or when you do a search for a place in the library using the search box in the right column.

Still under development is the 3D Book Search feature. When completed, you’ll be able to do a call number search, and the tool will proceed to locate your book right to the exact shelf.

Since its launch, more than 3,200 visits have been recorded. Overseas visits came from 24 countries, namely the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, China  and Thailand just to name a few. Frank Taylor, author of Google Earth Blog reviewed our new site in early October had this to say “A real 3D tour of the inside of a building is pretty slick!” So check out this cool addition at our portal http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/nus/3d/virtual.html and have fun!

Thavamani Prem Kumar
Central Library

FASS Open House 2008


Libraries? Is that a discipline my daughter can major in?”, a pleasant but sweaty looking lady inquired at the library booth, last week at the FASS Open House. I regretfully disabused her of that notion and handed her a flyer which highlighted our rich library resources. I also told her that whichever discipline her child ended up studying, we have more than enough academic resources to support her. I want to believe she went on her way, a happier and more relieved mother, even as her child stands at an academic crossroads.

The FASS Open House started slowly for us. The first hour saw staff (both at the booth and in Central Library) standing around holding brochures, with few new students to give them to. Just as we were beginning to wonder whatever happened to these elusive FASS students, they came with a vengeance which took us quite by surprise.

Between the period of 12pm to 3pm, huge crowds of students walked around, asking questions, talking animatedly, milling around, and looking at exhibits. Though they were predominantly interested in finding out more about what each discipline offered, many were pleased to know about the library resources and services available to them as FASS students. Yet others joined us for our guided tours to Central Library- peppering the sessions with questions about the location of certain books, the availability of computers and wireless Internet connections, resource librarians they can approach for help, etc.

As we packed up at the end of a long day, we did so with a sense of satisfaction. Though tired from having interacted so much with new students, we knew the difference we had made in their lives. The notion of a whole network of libraries existing to support and serve them seemed initially, a mind-boggling one to many of them. However, as we shared our mission with them, they left knowing that academic help is never far away; they only have to ask.

We spoke to 292 new students at the booth on that day and Central Library saw approximately 152 visitors.

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