What are the hours for the library? Do these change during reading periods or exam weeks?
The entirety of the library is open to the NUS public from 8:00 AM - 6:00PM on weekdays. This includes the computer labs, stacks, and study areas. It is available to Yale-NUS students until 10:00PM, at which point the main portion of the library is closed and students are asked to leave. After this, Yale-NUS students can take advantage of the 24-hour section of the library, granted that they can produce a student ID if they are asked to. This section includes group study room equipped with Macs, so students can use computers 24/7 if need be.
On weekends, the hours change to 10:00AM – 6:00PM for everyone. On public holidays, the library is closed.
During exam week, the library is open for longer hours to accommodate the students’ study needs. Last time, this meant that the library was open until 2AM every night: both floors, the computer lab, and the group study room (but no browsing or borrowing after hours from the stacks).
However, the library’s online tools are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students have access to a variety of resources. You can use the library website to search from a variety of databases and electronic journals, all of which can be accessed using your NUS login. This is by far the most efficient ways to do research for class projects, granting you access to a wide range of academic literature. If it can’t be found online, you can probably find it either in the Yale-NUS library itself, or in another library on the main NUS campus.
The Library-on-Demand system grants students access to Ebook Central, the language learning program Mango, tutorial website Lynda.com, the movie database at kanopy, and full access a variety of online news resources: the Financial Times, the Straits Times, the Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao, and The Economist.
If there is a book that is not available at the Yale-NUS, students can use ILLiad – the Inter-Library Loan service – to request books from library collections around the world. For new the acquisition of eBooks and movies, students must make sure that these are not available in the NUS or Yale-NUS catalogs before making the purchase (for which the library is billed).
For updated hours and more information on library resources, please see this page on the Yale-NUS website: http://library.yale-nus.edu.sg/