Lien Ying Chow Library

Print, electronic and multimedia resources - the Lien Ying Chow Library has it all under one roof to meet your personal, social, recreational and academic needs. It houses the Lifestyle Library on the entrance level (2nd level) and the Academic Library from levels 3 to 5. Wireless access to the Internet is available throughout the premises.

Come, and be enthralled by what awaits you at the Library!

Lifestyle Library

Study & entertainment under one roof with resources to meet your personal, social and recreational needs. Facilities include​ Internet Cafe and Board Games Room.

Academic Library

Extensive collection of print, media and e-resources to meet your teaching, research and technology development needs. It houses the Wealth Creation InfoCentre to develop your financial literacy skills and the Lien Ying Chow Gallery to inspire your entrepreneurial spirit.

Milestones

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    2017

    • A Finance Lab with 12 Bloomberg workstations to access real-time financial data was opened on 16 Oct 2017.
    • Collaboration Rooms, new spaces and a Recording Pod were set up.
    • Library expanded the scope of its Information Literacy to Digital Literacy. E-Learning packages on digital literacy were integrated into Blackboard in the April 2018 semester.
    • The paper-based library visitor log was converted into an electronic form accessed via an iPad.
    • Library supports the strategic initiatives on campus through the curation of resources on Service-Learning, Signature Pedagogies for the Professions, NP's Core Competencies and Performance Conversation.
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    2016

    • Library partnered with the academic schools and Office of Internships and Careers (OIC) to conduct Digital Portfolio to all students. It covers steps to create an online digital portfolio and showcase it on LinkedIn or Weebly. The teaching is supported by a Digital Portfolio website created by Library.
    • In support of NLB's National Reading Movement, Library has organised a Library Book Fair, e-Resources Day, Avid Readers Contest, Spot-A-Reader Activity and Book Sharing competition.
    • Tamil Studies Collection was added to support the new Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education commencing in AY2017/2018.
    • The ALEPH Library Management System and PRIMO Discovery System were upgraded.
    • Library spaces at Level 2 were redesigned to collaboration rooms equipped with writable wall, writable table and projector.
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    2015

    • The Library's Room Booking System was enhanced to confirm and notify users on their bookings through emails. This eliminates the need to print hard copy booking slips.
    • A Virtual Server Infrastructure was installed in the Library. The benefits from this initiative include savings in total cost of ownership, reduction of administrative overheads, improvement in the system uptime and enhancements in scalability, allowing Library to respond to new initiatives/requirements without the constraint of hardware availability.
    • Three blended learning approaches (E-Learning, Experiential Learning and Collaborative Learning) were implemented to promote library resources and engage students' learning.
    • A Copyright e-Notation stamp was created.
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    2014

    • Library Interactive Guide on touchscreen monitors was implemented and made available on every floor. The objective is to enable users to navigate their way around the Library easily by finding location of facilities, services, books on subjects of interest and information posters. It provides the location on the map with shelf no, picture and description of the facility/service.
    • eGames on two interactive tables were added in the Board Games Zone to expand the scope of board games.
    • A Library Orientation courseware which replaces face-to-face teaching was rolled out on Blackboard to all first year students. It covers a storyboard on Library's facilities, resources and services and use of Library's OPAC and databases.
    • The library app was upgraded to support Android phones.
    • A Media Station was set up to promote the use of ebooks, audiobooks and videoclips on the Overdrive platform. Users can browse, sample and borrow any e-resource of interest.
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    2013

    • An Interactive Cube with two Huemi Interactive Multi-touch stations was set up. The stations are installed with educational games and applications to enable students to concurrently interact, engage, collaborate and have fun.
    • A Smart Cube was set up with four Smart TVs to allow users to connect to digital contents from Internet TV, online apps, social networking sites and other interactive experience.
    • A Magazine/Journal Tab has been added to the Library OPAC to provide additional access points for users to locate different formats of magazines and journals -- print magazines, e-magazines, print journals and e-journals.
    • Library app was enhanced in April to support iPad and iPod Touch.
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    2012

    • Library co-ordinated the NP Online Bookshop project with our collaborative partner, UBS Library Services Pte Ltd. The objective is to facilitate students' purchase of textbooks at the best possible discounts. It is also a platform for the purchase all general, leisure reading titles at discounts only applicable to NP students, staff and alumni. The Bookshop comes on-campus twice a year at the commencement of the semesters for immediate sale of textbooks to students.
    • Library iPhone app (version 2) was launched in December.
    • PRIMO Central which provides one stop access to articles was implemented on 16 April. It provides a wider scope of resources for searching.
    • SFX Total Care (Software as a Service, SaaS) which provides a one stop access to e-journals was implemented on 16 April.
    • Library Orientation Online courseware implemented on 17 April.
    • Copyright Online Management System upgraded to the Microsoft SharePoint platform in October.
    • iPads were rolled out at the Internet Cafe on 2 August for students to access a variety of NP's in-house developed apps and other apps.
    • Library Interest Group named "Library Champs" was formed in May.
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    2011

    • Library on Twitter was launched on 3 Jan. This social networking platform complements the Library's Facebook which is popular with students. The objective is to create a presence on the popular social networking platform where students congregate, to draw their attention to new titles, popular tites and other library announcements.
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    2010

    • Online Discussion Room booking system with enhanced features was developed with ASP.Net framework and implemented with effect from 18 Jan.
    • Library on Facebook was launched on 10 Feb.
    • The Library implemented ALEPH Integrated Library Management System and PRIMO Discovery System on 17 Sep. The new Discovery system provides users with Google like searching features and Web 2.0 technologies.
    • NP Library application on iPhone was approved by Apple as a free app on iTunes on 7 Sep. It includes OPAC search; Room booking; check Library account; access to NP exam papers and a facilities location map feature.
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    2009

    • MetaLib federated search engine was implemented in March to replace WebFeat.
    • The Library Homepage was revamped to facilitate access to resources.
    • Library entrance redesign.
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    2008

    • First Library to set-up a Wealth Creation InfoCentre with the objective of promoting financial literacy.
    • First tertiary library to implement a hassle-free Booksharing@NP at OurSpace@72 with the objective of promoting learning community through encouraging the reading habit.
    • EzProxy on all subscribed databases accessible from the Library Homepage was implemented.
    • Library security service was outsourced.
    • A new online Discussion Room booking system was implemented.
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    2007

    • RFID self-service issue was implemented on CDs/DVDs/VCDs and Feature Films Collection in Lifestyle Library.
    • Implemented RFID returns on CDs/DVDs/VCDs.
    • First local Library to set up Board Games Zone in Lifestyle Library.
    • Opening of Lien Ying Chow Gallery.
    • eAttendance Register System implemented.
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    2006

    • Newspaper Reading Corner was set up. This was sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Press Foundation.
    • Upgraded Spydus Library Management System from version 6.2.4 to version 8.2.
    • NP-LIME Corner set up in Lifestyle Library, with bean bags and magazines sponsored by MediaCorp.
    • Donation of RMB50,000 worth of resources by Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) to support the Chinese Studies Diploma and Mass Media studies.
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    2005

    • Information Skills was infused into School of Engineering's curriculum under the newmodule "Engineering - A Creative Profession".
    • Discussion Room Booking system was developed in-house on Lotus Notes.
    • Implemented WebFeat federated search engine.
    • Career and Further Education Resource Corner set up.
    • Introduced "Ask A Librarian"​ service.
    • Readers' Choice was enhanced to Weblog to encourage interaction and exchange of ideas.
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    2004

    • Refurbishment of Academic Library completed. Highlights include 38 Discussion Rooms created (formerly 4 Rooms). Closed Stacks was also set up.
    • Chinese Studies Collection was set up to support Diploma in Chinese Studies.
    • Readers' Choice on Weblog started.
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    2003

    • Friends of Ngee Ann were given extended usage of Library.
    • Library services such as borrower's record, reservation, outstanding fines and renewal of items were made available via use of any WAP 1.1 compatible handphone.
    • Quality Resource Centre integrated into Main Library.
    • Two ePayment kiosks were installed for cashless payment of Library/other charges.
    • Copyright Online Database was developed.
    • Collection Development and e-Requisition Database developed on Lotus Notes.
    • Digital Media Repository was launched, providing Intranet access to royalty free multimedia elements.
    • Library website was revamped.
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    2002

    • Training of lecturers in integrating library resources into their courseware on Blackboard Learning Management System.
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    2001

    • The first tertiary library to set up Lifestyle Library.
    • First local Library to implement 3M self service RFID returns with automated sorting of returned items.
    • Research Skills for new students incorporated into module "Communication Skills" ​of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies' curriculum.
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    2000

    • Web OPAC implemented.
    • Alumni Membership was introduced.
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    1999

    • Self-service loans for videos implemented.
    • URICA Library System upgraded from version 5.1b to 6.2.4.
    • Wireless LAN implemented throughout Library.
    • NP Exam Papers Database was launched.
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    1998

    • Wireless LAN was implemented on Library Level 4.
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    1997

    • Relocation of Media Centre within Main Library.
    • Multimedia Animation Resource Collection was created.
    • Building up of the Award Winning Collection, comprising works from the media industry and product design.
    • Fiction Collection was reorganised to an author approach.
    • 6-digit PIN security feature implemented to maximize circulation transaction security.
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    1996

    • Library System was upgraded from version 5.1 to 5.1b. Internet accessibility to OPAC enabled.
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    1995

    • Library upgraded the Library System to URICA 5.1 Library System.
    • NP-SQI Quality Resource Centre was opened.
    • Three units of 3M self-service issue terminals were implemented.
    • Internet Workshops were conducted for general public.
    • ​International Business Collection was created.
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    1994

    • First tertiary institution locally to implement Library Home Page on the Web.
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    1993

    • Migrated from Checkpoint to 3M Library Detection System.
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    1992

    • French, German, Japanese and Chinese books and media Collection were introduced.
    • Classical music CDs Collection were introduced
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    1990

    • Leisure Reading Selection programme introduced to encourage students to read widely and beyond their texts.
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    1989

    • Information Assistant Scheme implemented.
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    1988

    • Individual and Corporate Membership Schemes introduced.
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    1987

    • Library took on responsibility over all copyright matters. CD-ROM databases introduced.
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    1986

    • OPAC was launched. First Library to implement a fully integrated library system.
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    1985

    • Contract signed for purchase of URICA/MICRODATA Integrated Library System.
    • Microcomputer Resource facility was set up
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    1983

    • First library in ASEAN region to implement an in-house developed Online Circulation Control system.
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    1978

    • First tertiary library to set up a Audio Resource Centre.​