As local Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) turn to e-learning on a grand scale and Finals close in on students, NUS Libraries are closed from 8th April to 1 June 2020. However, it is still supporting its students through a variety of resources, designed to help students with their learning needs during this time.
- While loan services, including bookdrops, print and media collections, interlibrary and intralibrary loans are temporarily suspended, the libraries extended their loans periods for RBR materials borrowed during the last two hours of each library’s closing time (due 2 June) and their main shelf books (due between 2nd to 12th June).
- Digital services and enquiry mailboxes remain open. Students can schedule a Zoom or Skype consultation with resource librarians during weekday working hours.
- Its extensive collection of e-resources continues to be available to NUS staff & students.
- Its digitised collections are also available at Digital Gems
- Students can also access ScholarBank@NUS for staff publications, electronic theses and student dissertations. Check out the Singapore Makan Index 2017 from the Institute of Policy Studies or Goh Chok Tong’s thesis from his undergraduate days!
- More freely accessible e-resources by disciplines can be obtained from a list of Open Educational Resources curated by NUS librarians.
- Various publishers have offered temporary free access to their e-books and e-journals for NUS staff and students, including Cambridge Core HTML textbooks (HTML online view), EBSCO Ebook Collection (unlimited access to owned titles), ProQuest Ebook Central (unlimited access to owned titles), and University of Michigan Press. Also temporarily free are Covid-19 and Medical resources, which are available to all.
- NUS Libraries has also put together a list of library guides, covering research support, subject guides and citations, to help students with their research.