February 2012 – Completion of Renovation
Renovations in the Chinese Library have been completed. A new backdrop is created at the Service Desk to add more aesthetic value to the library. Customized shelves are fabricated in the New Arrivals area to allow more vibrant display of the latest additions to the library.
Besides that, there are new shelves being set up in the Reserves area to satisfy the expanding collection. Custom-made bookshelves are also installed for the oversized books to facilitate browsing and the common PC area has been upgraded to cater for more users.
December 2011- Renovation in Chinese Library
Chinese Library is currently undergoing renovation, which has started at the office area in November 2011 and would also be in the user spaces in December 2011. The renovation is estimated to end in January 2012.
Service Desk backdrop
A backdrop would be installed behind the Service Desk. Its new design would allow the staff in the office area to have a greater visibility to the Service Desk. In addition, the capacity of the drawer incorporated with the backdrop would be expanded for a growing accompanying material collection.
New Arrivals, Book drop enclosure & Reserves
The shelves at Reserves would be reconfigured and increased in capacity by 25% to address the need of growing collection. Also, the existing book drop box would be replaced by a full-height glass enclosure for a more integrated and seamless look. Besides, the New Arrivals shelves would be redesigned to allow the staff at the Service Desk to have a greater unobstructed visibility to the entrance.
Common PC area
The existing common PC area will be remodelled to accommodate for more users. The seating capacity would be optimised from the current 16 seats to 30 seats.
Student Assistant Workbench and Staff Pantry
With completion of the dry pantry in the staff office, there is now more storage place for the staff. Also, the new Student Assistant (SA) workbench would provide more working space for the SAs.
To make collection browsing more comfortable, the existing double-sided shelves would be replaced by single-sided custom shelves with full-length rows.
The artist’s impression of the new Chinese Library is as follows:
January 2011- Completion of installation of compact shelves in Chinese Library
Installation of compact shelves in Chinese Library is completed. We are in the process of shifting the books back to Chinese Library from the temporary storage area. The area will be open to users by end of January 2011.
October 2010 – Installation of compact shelves in Chinese Library
After the completion of the flooring reinforcement work, the compact shelves installation took place from Oct – Nov 2010. The area will re-open to users before the new semester opens in late Jan 2011.
June-July 2010 – Change of shelves in collection room
Due to lack of shelving space in the Chinese Library, some shelves will be replaced by compactus to increase the shelving capacity. Some books from the open shelf collection and all books in the special collection room have been moved to a temporary storing area. All book shelves have been removed to give way for flooring works, in preparation of the installation of new compactus shelving system. The installation shall be completed by end Nov 2010. Users who are interested in borrowing these books that have been moved can approach the Service Desk at Chinese Library for assistance.
April 2008 – 24-hour Book Drop Signage
A set of new book drop signage was installed on the wall outside the Library to lead users from the entrance of the Library to the newly added 24-hour book drop.
March 2008 – Chinese Library
With the relocation of the HSS Library to its new location at S4-B3c, the existing Library space at S3.2-B5 was renamed as Chinese Library (中文图书馆).
Chinese language books that are already in this Library space are now spread out, occupying all the shelves that were formerly shared with the English language humanities and social science collection.
March 2008 – New Shelf End-Panels
New shelf end-panels were added to the shelves located at the far end of the Library. Previously, only those shelves nearer the entrance were installed with end-panels. These new end-panels with similar design as existing ones help to provide a more consistent and neater look for the Library.
March 2008 – Converting Shelving Area to Study Area
With the moving of HSS English collections to the new HSS Library and the re-arrangement of the Chinese collections, an area that was previously used for shelving is converted to additional reading space.
After the conversion, the seating capacity of the Chinese Library increased to 108 seats.
March 2008 – Installation of Spotlights
Two rows of spotlights were installed on the ceiling near to the glass display cabinet to enhance the ambience lighting of the display area, which plays an important role during an exhibition or event.
February 2008 – 24-hour New Book Drop
A new 24-hour book drop has been added to better facilitate users who wants to return books when the Library is closed. It is located near the entrance of the library.
January 2008 – Glass Display Cabinet
Custom-designed glass display cabinets were installed in the previous current periodicals area. The cabinets will be used to house exhibits and display books from the Chinese Library collection.
December 2007 – Moving of Current Periodical Shelves
In view of the addition of new display cabinets in the Library, the current periodical shelves were shifted to the wall space next to the loan counter.
December 2007 – Moving of Counter and Expansion of Staff Office
The Loan & Enquiry Counter at the Chinese Library was shifted outwards, nearer the main entrance to provide better visibility of the service desk as well as to create more staff space behind the counter. Additional staff cubicles were created during this minor renovation.
|Floor Area: 1,040 sqm||No. of PCs: 21|
|No. of seats: 120|