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Does the library offer newspapers (e.g Straits Times, Economist etc), or fiction for general reading?

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Newspapers & magazines

Hard copies

Daily copies of Straits Times, Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao and Berita Harian are generally available in the library. For example you can find copies at Central Library Perk Point (Level 4).

You can borrow the following newspapers (up to 3 months prior to date) at Central Library Loans Desk: Straits Times, Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu, Today, The New Paper, Xin Ming. They are placed at Loans Desk 2. Please take them from the tray and proceed to Loans Desk 3 to check out. Loan period for such newspapers is 1 hour. You need to return the newspaper together with the barcode issued to you when checking out to the Loans Desk.

Some popular magazine titles such as The Economist , Fortune, Times higher education, The Chronicle of higher education etc can be requested from the Central Library loans desk. These will have the Location : CL Select Journal (Loans Desk 4) . Some may also be available at HSSML - the business library.

The library also has hard copies of The Economist , Newsweek (Pacific ed), Newsweek(Atlantic ed) , The New Yorker , National Geographic etc. The library records will state the location of the item. Examples include Central Library Closed Stacks, Central Library Current Journals). Time magazine is mostly online or in closed stacks.

Online copies

In general, the library does not subscribe to the actual websites of newspapers such as Straits Times Interactive , The Economist, The Financial Times etc

However, the library often has access to such online material via other secondary sources or aggregators such as Factiva , LexisNexis Academic , EBSOHost, ProQuest etc. Trying searching the libray catalogue by magazine title such as The Financial TimesThe Economist , Newsweek (US edition) , Time Magazine, The New YorkerNational Geographic, The Times (London).

  If you are looking for articles in Straits Times, try this FAQ.

  If you are looking for articles in Lianhe Zaobao, Business Times,  Berita Harian, try this FAQ.

Fiction or General reading 

NUS Libraries is an academic library and in general does not carry many fiction titles as compared to the Public Libraries.  You can do a search using LINC to see if the title you are looking for is available. 

Alternatively do the following search in FindMore@NUSL, the default library search.

SubjectTerms:"fiction" Keyword, then restrict to content type Books/eBooks.  Replace keyword with whatever you are interested.

Here's an example where I have added the additional term Game of thrones to the search and restricted to specific library locations.


You can also browse the central library main shelves under call numbers PR and PS for English Literature and American Literature respectively. Fiction by Singapore writers is classified under PL5149 , copies can be found in many locations including the Central Library Open Shelves at Level 3 and Singapore-Malaysia Collection at Central Library, Level 5.

There are also two General Reading sections currently at the Medical Library and Science Library.   

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