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Collections & Shelf Guide

Lifestyle Collections

Our Lifestyle Collection is housed at Level 2 (entrance level) of the Library.

Books and Comics

We house a diverse range of books for personal, career or lifestyle needs. 

Personal & Career Development topics include Biography, Business & Management, Creativity & Innovation, Lifeskills, Science & Technology, True Stories

Lifestyle related topics include Comics, Hobbies, Humour, Fiction, Entertainment, Sports, Food & Beverages, Travel & Culture. 


Keep yourself updated with trends in travel, fashion, food and entertainment through our range of lifestyle magazines. 

Lifestyle Media

From award-winning feature films to tv shows and documentaries, the Library offers a collection of multimedia for media analysis or leisure. 

Restricted Media

We also manage a collection of Restricted Media for academic purposes -- available NP Students and Staff only. 

NP Students may borrow up to 1 restricted media for up to 4 hours upon request and only view it onsite in the Library's Media Viewing Rooms (Eris 1 and Eris 2). 

To borrow Restricted Media (including M18 Media if they are under 18), please request for lecturer endorsement via this online form. Upon approval, students will receive email instructions on how to collect the requested Restricted Media and access the Media Viewing Room.

NP Staff are free to borrow Restricted Media out of the library for teaching purposes only. To do so, make a reservation for the specific media item at our Library Catalogue. During collection of the item at the library counter, staff will be asked to sign an undertaking form. 

Find out more about loans and reservations of specific items. 


Academic Collections

Our Academic Collection can be found throughout Level 3, 4 and 5 of the Library. This extension collection has been curated to support the learning, research and teaching needs of our NP Community.

  • Specialised Collections (Level 3)
Includes titles covering career guidance and development as well as further education.
Includes Chinese cultural history, drama & theatre, Chinese literature, Chinese media (Singapore and the region), Chinese music lyrics and values, Chinese philosophy, Chinese popular culture, translation and interpretation, news writing in Chinese, written communication, speech communication and presentation skills.
Comprises the best works and state-of-the-art technologies from the print, broadcast, digital media and industrial design worlds. Also covers advertising media, television broadcasting, photography, computer animation, graphic and product design. 
Covers titles and media resources to support the curriculum needs of the Early Childhood Development programme. 
Showcases Dr Lien’s rags-to-riches story, his legendary business acumen, services to the country, commitment to education and passion for community service. Also includes a collection of titles on successful Asian entrepreneurs, pioneers of Singapore, philanthropy, and the Chinese diaspora. 
Titles on national related topics and biographies of Singapore leaders such as PM Lee Hsien Loong, SM Lee Kuan Yew, Goh Chok Tong, and more. 
Popular books or media recommended by lecturers as course materials or suggested reading. These items are labelled with a Red Spot on its spine. Available for onsite reference only and cannot be loaned out of library premises. 
Covers law statutes, legislations and standards on technical specifications.
Covers titles on personal finance, financial planning, portfolio management, stocks & shares and real estate investments.

  • Periodicals (Level 4)
  • Looking for industry periodicals to deepen your industry knowledge? Check out our Academic Periodicals on Level 4. 

  • Main Academic Collections (Level 5)
  • Most of our Academic materials are located on Level 5. Our extensive collection spans disciplines like Business, Data, Engineering, Finance, Humanities, Science, Technology and more. 


Searching the Catalogue

Search for our physical collections using our online catalogue

Simply type in any keyword (e.g. Title, Author, Subject, etc).

You may filter your search results by type of material (e.g. Lifestyle magazines, Media, etc) or Attribute (e.g. Author, Title, ISBN, etc).

You can also do an Advanced Search for results that contain specific phrases. 


Locate Item on Shelf

Search results in the Catalogue may indicate several copies of the same title. 

If an item is borrowed by another patron, its ‘Status’ will indicate its due date. 

If an item is available on the shelf, its ‘Status’ will indicate what collection it belongs to (e.g. Academic Books, Lifestyle Books, etc). Simply proceed to its corresponding location (Level 2, 3, 4 or 5) and take note of its Call Number to locate the shelf it is on. 

Note: Any item under ‘Recommended Resource’ collection is for in-house reference within library premises only and cannot be loaned out. 

Item Catalogue Result

If you’re unable to find the item on the shelf, you may raise a reservation request for the item by clicking the ‘Place Hold’ button and our library staff will attempt to locate the item within 3 working days. If the item is successfully found, you will receive an email to collect it at the Library GO Kiosk. Learn more about Loans and Reservations