Opening Hours

Chinese Library

18-03-2019 to 24-03-2019

Mon - 08:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Tue - 08:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Wed - 08:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Thu - 08:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Fri - 08:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Sat - 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Sun - Closed

* Fri, 19 Apr 2019 (Good Friday)
Closed

* Wed, 1 May 2019 (Labour Day)
Closed

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NUS Chinese Library, one of the special libraries within the National University of Singapore Libraries system, is situated in the northern wing of the Central Library Building. The primary purpose of the Chinese Library is to support the teaching and research of the Department of Chinese Studies. The collection includes Chinese literature, Chinese history, Chinese philosophy, Chinese linguistics and Chinese Overseas Studies. It is notable for its strengths in traditional thread-bound Chinese books, Four Treasure Library series, Chinese newspapers published outside China, Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macau, rare Chinese periodicals during the Republic of China, and Southeast Asian Chinese materials.

Chinese Library Entrance

On 1 October 2002, the Japanese Resources Department of the Central Library was absorbed into the Chinese Library. The Chinese Library therefore expanded its scope to support the teaching and research of the Department of Japanese Studies.


As of June 2017, the Chinese Library has a combined collection of nearly 700,000 volumes of Chinese and Japanese materials. The collection forms one of the largest library resources of its kind in Southeast Asia. As for Chinese materials alone, the 610,000 volume-strong collection makes it one of the largest Chinese academic collection outside China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.