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New Law Databases

Here are two law databases that were added to our electronic resources collection recently:


eGazette gives the pdf version of the printed Singapore government gazette and goes as far back as 1998. It is updated daily and like the print gazette, it covers bills and acts supplement, the subsidiary legislation supplement, the industrial relations and trade marks supplements. 

You can also browse the free version at http://www.egazette.com.sg/Welcome.aspx which is made available for public viewing for 5 days.


Investment arbitration reporter

The coverage starts from 2008 onwards and it tracks international arbitrations between foreign investors and their host governments and analyzes key developments in the area of international investment law. Among the areas that it covers are ICC and SCC rules, environmental, energy, mining and telecoms disputes. 

Do note that access to both databases is for NUS students and staff only.

Zaleha Othman
C J Koh Law Library

Tell Us What You Think!

Library users, now is your chance to tell us what you think!

From 7 March to 28 March, NUS Libraries is conducting an online user perception survey on the quality of library services. This survey is open to all NUS students and staff (except library staff) with a NUSNET ID.

By now, you would have received an email invitation with the link to the library survey. Please click on the link provided in the invitation email to answer the survey, from 7 to 28 March. It will take only about  10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey. Rest assured that your responses in this survey are strictly private and confidential. Your valuable feedback will provide us with opportunities to improve.

In addition, you will also stand a chance to win attractive prizes! To qualify for the prize draw, you need to submit your NUS email address when completing the survey. Among the exciting prizes up for grabs: Asus 7” tablet, iPad mini, digital camera, shopping vouchers and more!

Look out for the summarized results of the survey, to be publicized later.

For more information about the survey and the prize draw, visit the web site here.


Library Survey 2013 team

6 Things Freshmen Should Know But Usually Don’t

1. Your library pin is your smartcard pin

You probably know your NUSNET ID, since without it, you can’t access your NUS email as well as the all-important IVLE. But a surprising number of students don’t know their library PINs, which is the smartcard PIN issued during matriculation. The library PIN is needed for checking your loan record, renewing books and borrowing books using the self-service machines, among other things. You can retrieve it here.


2. RBR books can be borrowed overnight

Reserve Books/Readings (RBR) are highly sought after because they are recommended readings for various modules and can be borrowed only for 2 hours. However, few students know that they can borrow the an RBR book overnight just before the library closes and return it within one hour of the library’s opening the next day. For details look here.


3. Most books have a grace period

You probably know that the loan period for books is 14 days for undergraduates and 28 days for honours & graduate students. But did you know there is a grace period and that fines don’t start until the 4th day after the due date? Be careful to read the fine print (6. Rate of fines), as the grace period doesn’t apply to RBR books, 7-day loan books, bound journals and other materials. 


4. You cannot renew an item if there is already a hold

Sure, you may know that you can renew books three times online, and you may even know how much extension a renewal gives. But what you may not know is that you cannot renew an item once there is a hold on it. That’s why it is a bad idea to bring books overseas for a long vacation as you cannot count on being able to renew the loan.


 5. The proxy bookmarklet is your other friend

Google or Google Scholar may be your friend, but what happens if it shows a journal article that requires you to pay? Instead of replicating your search in the catalogue, save time by using the proxy bookmarklet to access the article directly! Do note that the proxy bookmarklet only works on journals that the library subscribes to.


6. Librarians are here to help you

While librarians can’t do your homework, we can help you find books and papers relevant to our research and assignments. Contact your resource librarian today, or come for our orientations sessions to learn about using the library effectively for your assignments!


Tay Chee Hsien Aaron
Central Library

Winners of Moments @ NUS Libraries Photography Contest

We invited you to capture moments that make NUS Libraries special to you. The sheer quality and volume of entries that were submitted to the 2012 NUS Libraries’ Photography Competition impressed us all. From candid shots of friends posed against bookshelves, to artistically rendered photos of rain droplets against the library building, we received amazing photos of all sorts, taken in all 7 of our libraries. 70 people took part in the contest, held from May 8-July 6 2012, submitting a total of 177 photos.

Presenting to you, the 3 grand winners:

1st prize: Ng Si Han (A00695XXX) 

2nd prize: Ho Wei Wei Stephanie (028XXX)  
3rd prize: Lim Kim Kiat (A00922XXX)

Below are the students and staff who have won merit prizes for their images:

Birgit Ruth Buergi (A00925XXX)
Chen Yi-Hsueh (040XXX)
Chow Tyan Yih (028XXX)
Chua Jia Yao (A00746XXX)
Ho Wei Wei Stephanie (028XXX)
Khaw Yee Jek (A00872XXX)
Kwek Wen Shu (A00734XXX)
Lee Ming Hui Kelvin (A0086XXX)
Lim Chun Jie Eric (A0072XXX)
Lim Kim Kiat (A00922XXX)
Muhammad Yusuf Bin Yacob (041XXX)
Ng Si Han (A00695XXX)
Nimantha Thushan Baranasuriya (A00822XXX)
Teo Ge Wei (A00858XXX)
Vinay Swaroop Balla (042XXX)
Wong Kian Hoe Charles (042XXX)
Wong Weng Fai (068XXX)
Zhang Hao (A00656XXX)

Well done, and thank you for your active participation! Click here to view the entire set of winning entries. Or, view all contest submissions here.

(Updated to add) We will be holding exhibitions for all the winning entries at the following locations:

Music Library: 6 – 12 Aug

Central Library: 13 – 24 Aug

Science Library: 27 Aug – 2 Sept

U Town: 3 – 16 Sept


Georgiana Glass
Central Library

Fabulously Peranakan

From colorful kebayas to exciting jogets, NUS Libraries’ staff got a taste of being fabulously Peranakan for an afternoon. On 8 Jan, the library had our annual hi-tea at the Hotel InterContinental and many staff took the opportunity to doll up like nyonyas!

Ladies in kebaya

With games, good food and lucky draws, it was a wonderful opportunity for staff to let loose and enjoy each other’s company. We not only saw a very different side to our colleagues but to our bosses too! These candid moments are indeed hard to come by and should be treasured.

During this event, the library also took the opportunity to recognize staff who have been serving with us for many years as well as those who have exhibited exemplary behavior at work. Good job, dear colleagues!

Long Service Award

We are certainly looking forward to the next annual event, which I believe, will be an extra special one. More on that, in a later posting!

Gerrie Kow Yu
Central Library

NUS Libraries is Now on Facebook!

Visit our Facebook fan page to get all your latest NUS Libraries’ news and updates, without leaving the social network. We’ve even integrated our Flickr, Youtube, Slideshare and Twitter accounts to the Facebook page, so you’ll get one-stop access to our various social media channels.


And to thank you for ‘liking’ us on Facebook, we have an exciting contest with really cool prizes!

All NUS students, staff and personal external members who ‘like’ our page before 31 March 2011 will have their names entered in a lucky draw, to win one of 3 LOMO cameras worth $85 each. Simple, basic and truly analog, LOMO cameras are a fun way to explore photography!

And to up the excitement further, you could win a $50 voucher, if you are our Mystery X Fan.

Mystery X is a random number we’ve selected, and will only reveal at the end of the contest. So if you’re the Xth person to ‘like’ NUS Libraries on Facebook, you win the $50 voucher!

Visit NUS Libraries on Facebook today, and you could win! Don’t worry, if you’ve already ‘liked’ us on Facebook, you’re in the running as well!

Georgiana Glass
Central Library

Learn about the Library, the E-asy Way!

It’s week 10, but there are still some students who seem lost when they come to the libraries. Now, there’s an interactive way to learn about our services and our resources! We introduce… (drum roll) our new electronic library guide in beta version! This guide is created in partnership with ITE.

about NUS Libraries

While our print guides are still available, our E-guide offers you the benefits of anytime, anywhere access and also links you to slideshows, images, video clips and other helpful information.

Learning Zone

The guide also seeks to be an all-in-one quick information source not only for NUS staff and students but for visitors wishing to find out more about NUS Libraries as well. This is achieved through the customized tabs for the different target groups. Within each tab, key facts for each group are listed and essential contact information is also included for further queries.

Essentials for NUS Students

So where can you find this new addition in our library portal?

Getting to the Interactive Guide

Do check this out and give us your feedback on how we can make it even more useful for you.

Start viewing the E-guide here!

Follow a Library

What’s so special about October 1st 2010? Why, it is #followalibrary day on Twitter!

Following your favourite library on Twitter is a great way to get up to date with all the latest news and events that affect you, the library user!

Is there a library that you’re following on Twitter? Here’s your chance to tell your friends all about it! This exciting initiative comes from a group of information professionals who met each other on the world wide web.

Library fans all over the world (that includes you!) can take part:

Tweet on October 1st what your favorite twittering library (or libraries) is (or are). Use in your tweet the hashtag (or keyword) #followalibrary.

More information on the Followalibrary event can be found on: followalibrary.blogspot.com and on twitter.com/followalibrary

 And yes, we are on Twitter too – add us to your friends list: @nuslibraries.

NUS Libraries on Twitter

Georgiana Glass
Central Library

Guess the Librarian

Guess who this librarian is and win a Kinokuniya voucher.

guess the librarianIt is always a delight to get to know our students and lecturers, and we would like you to get to know us too. To start with, guess who this librarian is. A tea connoisseur with an expansive tea collection, she enjoys serving her teas when there are guests at her library. This lovely librarian’s smile and her love for books will make you an avid book lover in no time.

So folks, get to know your librarian and the fun things she does with databases! Email us the following: the name of the librarian, the library she works at, and how you got to know her by 1 October, 5pm, and we’ll pick the first reply with all the correct answers. Only current NUS students can participate in this quiz, and please send only one answer using your NUS email account.

The librarian will personally hand the winner a $10 Kinokuniya book voucher.

Have fun!

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