Nanjing Normal University Library

Introduction of Nanjing Normal University Library

Nanjing Normal University Library was established in 1952. Based on the former site, collections and equipments of Jinling Women Arts and Science College, it inherited books and documentations from the former NanjingNanjing Normal College,Nanjing University, and Nanjing Dynamics Higher Professional College , which was merged into the university in March 2000. With more than half a century’s development, especially after entering one of the key universities under the ‘211 Project’, the library has made considerable progress and formed a systemic library structure of "Main library + Specialized branch libraries + Compact Stacks".

1 The “Main library + Specialized branch libraries + Compact Stacks” Structure

Currently, there are seven libraries in three campuses covering nearly 40000 square meters. They are: Jingwen Library (Main Library), Social Science Library (including Compact Stacks), Mathematics , Physics & Chemistry Library, Geography and Life Sciences Library, Shuiyuan Library (Literature Library),  Huaxia Library (Education Library) in Shuiyuan Campus;Zijin Library (Engineering Library) in Zijin campus; and Music Library and Art library are under construction.

Jingwen Library (Main Library)

Location: No. 1, Wenyuan Road, Nanjing 

Tel: 025-85891235

Building: built in 2001, covering 20800 square meters

Collection: 750 thousand copies of paper documents

Feature: Comprehensive documentation

Seat: more than 3700


Suiyuan Library (Literature Library)

Location: No. 122, Ninghai Road, Nanjing

Tel: 025-83598484, 83598482

Building: built in 1984, covering 5300 square meters

Collection: 700 thousand copies of paper documents

Features: While the main collections are literature and history, it also contains ancient classics, reference books, Chinese sample Journals in arts and sciences, theses of Master and PhD students, books published during the Republic of China and before the Great Cultural Revolution and

Seat: more than 800


Huaxia Library (Library of Education)

Location: No. 122, Ninghai Road, Nanjing

Tel: 025-83598502, 83598485

Building: the former Jinling Women Arts and Science College library, which was built in 1934, co-designed by American architect Murphy and Chinese architect Lv Yanzhi.

Collection: 240 thousand copies of paper documents

Features: collection of Chinese sample books of Arts, books published in Hongkong and Taiwan, etc..

Seat: more than 200


Zijin Library

Location: No. 78, Bancang Road, Nanjing

Tel: 025-85481063

Building: built in 1988, covering 4900 square meters

Collection: 200 thousand copies of paper documents

Features: The library mainly collects engineering literatures. And it also possesses special documents like the National Standards of the People's Republic of China, China's patent literature etc. .

Seat: more than 600


Social Science Library (including Compact Stacks )

Location: the first floor of Xingming buiding, No. 1, Wenyuan Road, Nanjing

Tel: 025-85891737

Collection: 50 thousand copies of paper documents

Features: Research literatures of Social Science

Facilities: Reader communication space, study rooms, seminar rooms, multimedia training rooms, about 200 network accesses, and about 300 seats

The library provides services for all the faculty members and students, especially graduate students. Due to limited seating, only 50 undergraduates can get access each day.

Opening Hours:  Monday to Friday, from8:30 - 21:00

Saturday to Sunday, from9:00 - 16:20

Compact Stacks

Situated at the basement floor of the Social Science Library, it covers 1500 square meters. The library mainly collects low utilization Chinese and foreign books, which amount to 500 thousand volume.  These books are for closed stacks. If the readers want to borrow books from the Compact Stacks, they may check out in the Social Science Library.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 8:30 - 16:30

Tel: 025-85891737



Mathematics,Physics & Chemistry Library

Location: second floor of Xingjian building, No.1, Wenyuan Road, Nanjing

Tel: 025-85891738

Collection: 60 thousand copies of paper documents

Features: Research literatures of Sciences

Facilities: Reader communication space, study rooms, seminar rooms, multimedia training rooms, about 270 network accesses, and about 270 seats

The library provides services for all the faculty members and students, especially graduate students. Due to limited seating, only 50 undergraduates can get access each day.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from8:30 - 21:00

Saturday to Sunday, from9:00 - 16:20



Geography and Life Sciences Library

Location: First floor, Zhiyuan Buiding, No.1, Wenyuan Road, Nanjing

Tel: 025-85891917

Collection: 40 thousand copies of paper documents

Features: Research literatures of biology and geography

Facilities: Reader communication space, study rooms, seminar rooms, multimedia training rooms, about 140 network accesses, and about 182 seats.

Opening Hours:  Monday to Friday, from 21:00 - 8:30

Saturday to Sunday, from 16:20 - 9:00

2 Resources and Utilization

The total amount of paper documents in the library reaches more than 2.9 million. With more than 3.2 million Chinese and foreign electronic books, 31000 kinds of electronic journals in Chinese and foreign languages, 112 database resources of all kinds, the total collection of the library ranks third in Jiangsu Province, and    second in colleges and universities of Jiangsu Province. According to the characteristics of the university discipline construction, the library forms a complete discipline system with reasonable structure of documentary collections covering philosophy, social science, natural science, engineering technology, etc., which greatly meets the needs of teaching and research universities. The library has an especially abundant collection of documents in Biological Sciences (including psychology), Language and Writing, Literature, Education, Arts, which rank the top 20 in the total amount of collection in libraries nationwide.

With rich resources in collection of ancient books and literatures of the Republic of China, the library was included in the National Key Protection Units of Ancient Books by the State Council.  The library has 11 million copies of thread bound book, 3000 of which was included in Chinese Booklist of Good Edition of Ancient Books and classified in 190 categories, including the precious and only publication of Ming dynasty in the world Qieju’s Criticism of XiZaiHe Legend and the block-printed book of Tianshun in the Ming Dynasty A Collection of Scholar Song.

Readers can borrow Chinese and foreign-language books in the libraries with their "campus smart card". As to the total number of books can be borrowed, it varies in accordance with the status of the reader and the classification of books. As to ordinary books, undergraduate students can keep 10 for 30 days;graduate students keep 20 for 60 days; Faculty can keep 30 for 60 days. Books from Hong Kong and Taiwan can be kept only for 7 days. Thread-bound ancient books are only allowed to read in the ancient-book reading room, with copying, scanning and photographing prohibited. Special collections in the period of the Republic of China and the Cultural Revolution are only allowed to read in the special-collection reading room, with copying, and scanning prohibited.  Dissertations or Theses, reference books and current periodicals are not for borrowing, only allowed to be read in designated areas, but can be partly copied. Each reading room of the library is equipped with computers searching for resources. Entering the library homepage of Nanjing Normal University, you can retrieve the resources in two ways: 1. visit the library homepage —— type your retrieval requirements directly into the search box;2. visit the library homepage—— click on the Search data ——click on the Search books. Then you can check out through the self-service borrowing and returning machine with your campus smart card. If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to consult the librarians and volunteers at the circulation desk.

With abundant electronic resources, the library provides readers with convenient, efficient and all-day service. In the range of the IP address in campus net-work, readers can directly retrieve by clicking on digital resource navigation on the library homepage. Firstly, you need to determine the type of documents you want. Are they Chinese books, foreign language books, Picture books, Journals or dissertations? And then, select the appropriate database from the document category. After finding your required information, you can read or download the whole passage. Make sure that you have downloaded the corresponding Reader software or App already. The electronic resources of the library are open to the campus IP address provided by University Network Management Center. If you use the network of other operators instead of the campus network, please bring the your campus smart card to the University Network Management Center to open VPN service. Each library is equipped with network accesses, providing free Internet service to whoever brings their own computer and smart mobile devices.  Anyone in any library of our university can also use the wireless network NNU-STU provided by University Network Management Center.

3 Featured Resources

Dissertations of NNU

Systematical collection of dissertations of our university since 2001. Network service of digital version of dissertations.

The Collection of works of NNU members

Collection of works, research results and the award-winning works of faculties and alumni, publications of the University Press, etc., which  not only show the academic achievements of our faculties and alumni, but also provide abundant resources for the readers to study.

NNU Teaching Reference system

  The system enables teachers and students to obtain the information related to the curriculum and teaching materials conveniently, to understand and use the digital teaching reference resources. Access is  only open for the campus IP address.

Scholars of NNU

Collection of the teaching and scientific research achievements of some experts and scholars of our university.

Pictures of NNU

Collection of the pictures related to Nanjing Normal University, in an interactive way

Journals of Education in the Republic of China

Collection of the directories and part of the articles of Journals of Education in the Republic of China.

University Publications

Presentation of part of the University publications.

Library Publications

News of the Nanjing Normal University Library (electronic version).

Li Xudan and Lu Shufen Digital Reading Room

Mrs. Lu Shufen, the famous map scientist is the wife of Li Xudan, a famous Chinese scholar of human geography who is the founder of the Department of Geography. She donated lots of family collection of precious documents. The library set aside a specific  area for storing and displaying two great scholars' writings, manuscripts and other precious materials, and established the Li Xudan and Lu Shufen Digital Reading Room which has become a garden for Human Geography and Cartography teachers and students to exchange related information resources and academic ideas.

JALIS Textbook and Reference Database

The Jiangsu Colleges Teaching Service System is the sub project of the Jiangsu Academic library Information System (referred to as "JALIS"), collecting the textbooks and teaching reference books used by all colleges and universities in Jiangsu and providing the digital services.

Jiangsu University Library Development statistics and Decision-making Service System

The system is a platform of data reporting and statistical analysis concerning the development of the university library development, aiming to provide decision-making support for the various libraries, JALIS and the leaders of Department of Education of Jiangsu Province.

Our Library also provides the readers with document delivery service and interlibrary loan, including journal papers, dissertations, conference papers, science and technology reports, patent documents, Chinese and foreign books. In order to encourage the readers to use the resources of other libraries, we provide subsidies for readers to obtain the resources from other libraries. The detailed standard is as follows: the subsidy for full-time undergraduate students is 100 yuan per year per person, for faculty and full-time graduate student 200 yuan per year. In order to facilitate the readers to use the literature resources of Jiangsu University Libraries, abiding by the uniform regulation of the province, the library provides the faculties and full-time graduate students with the Jiangsu University Library Cards.

4 Services

In order to help readers make a better use the library, each library has a reference desk to provide advisory services. Via internet, the Liberians also answer various questions raised by the readers when they encountered problems in the process of using the library. For detailed information, you can refer to the homepage of the library- the Advisory desk. The advisory service includes: Echo Wall, online consultation system, virtual reference system. Before each semester the library has already planned all kinds of public lectures in order to improve the readers’ ability of using resources. Every month, the detailed information of the public lectures will be announced in advance on the homepage of Library and on the posters.

Our library also provides scientific and technological novelty-checking services for the reader, and can issue novelty-checking reports in a wide range of areas, such as research project, technology development, achievements appraisal, evaluation awards, technology transfer, the proposal of dissertation, etc. Our library also provides the inclusion and citation search result of specific academic paper in the domestic and foreign authoritative database ordered by our library, such as SCI-E, SSCI, a & HCI, CPCI, JCR, EI, CSSCI, and the certificate of the search result.

5 Culture Promotion

In recent years, the cultural construction of the library has also made gratifying achievements. Every year our library holds Reading Festival around “4•23 World reading Day” and Library Promotion Week in November. During these two events, the library carries out a variety of colorful activities, such as essay writing contests, seminars, to promote its resources and services. 

Among numerous cultural activities, the most well-known are Jingwen Forum, Living Library and Book Crossing. Jingwen Forum is a platform established by the library to disseminate general, practical and academic cultural knowledge. It is a new channel for students to acquire knowledge and information outside the classroom. Living Library holds the idea that Everyone's experience itself is a book. The reading of living books was completed by inviting people with different life experiences here so that students have the opportunity to communicate face-to-face with them. Book Crossing is named by Jingwen Chung book. It means that Zhu Jingwen, who is the important donator of the library, loves books. It is located in the See You Garden on the first floor of Jingwen Library. Readers can not only donate a private collection of books to the station, but also receive them for free. Jingwen Exhibition is located in the hall on the third floor. It holds various theme exhibitions of Arts and documents at intervals to enrich the campus cultural life.

The See You Garden, located at the first floor of Jingwen library, combining the elegance of the cafe with the atmosphere of the book bar, is an excellent choice for thinking, digesting books, hosting discussions and other activities. See You originated from the Analects of Confucius “切切偲偲,怡怡如也”, describing the harmony and happiness when gentlemen learn from each other in aspects of life and academics. The English name of this garden is catchy see you garden, implying welcome to see you garden again.

Sticking to the service idea of where the reader is, where the service is, the library has entered into the social network to promote the library resources and services, and answer the reader's consultation in a timely manner. Welcome to follow the WeChat and micro-blog of the library.

With the development of society and education environment, universities are in transformation. Meanwhile, library must as well enhance the connotation construction of its own, actively promoting the innovative transformation and sustainable development of the library so as to improve the service capacity to meet the needs of the development of the university and the society. Based on current comprehensive and unique collection of literature resources, by means of Digital Library Construction, with a focus on the university’s disciplines, complemented by interlibrary cooperation, the library will build a comprehensive and high level academic library with rich resources and distinctive features so as to better meet the strategic needs of our university in the construction of high level universities with international influence.