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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2015     Views: 6210

Users should use either LINC or FindMore@NUSL to search for titles in the NUS Libraries' collection. Take note of the LOCATION, CALL # and STATUS for hardcopy books and journals. Typically the record looks for a hardcopy book or journal is as follows:


The LOCATION is usually made up of two components: Library and Collection, e.g. CL Books means item can be found in Central Library (CL) and in the books collection (Books). Below are some of the library codes we use:



All Libraries above are NUS Libraries and accessible to all members of NUS Libraries including students, staff and alumni. Other libraries shown below may have restricted access.

Faculty/Departmental Libraries within NUS:

  • EAI - East Asian Institute Library (For EAI Staff only.) If NUS Libraries does not have the item, please put in a recommendation for us to purchase item.
  • SDE Information Resource Centre - Information Resource Centre (IRC) of the School of Design and Environment. Only meant for staff and students of SDE. 
  • YNCL -  Yale-NUS College Library. The collection, including RBR, is available for loan to NUS staff and students. Reference items and Current Journals are for onsite browsing only.

Libraries affiliated to NUS:

  • Brenner - Brenner Library (for A*STAR staff only). If NUS Libraries does not have the item, please put in a recommendation for us to purchase item. - Closed since Aug 2013
  • NHS - NUS High School (For NUS High School staff & students only). If NUS Libraries does not have the item, please put in a recommendation for us to purchase item.


Below are some examples of Central Library codes.

Location Codes for CL  Location of Collection in Central Library
CL Books Book collection (Level 3)
CL Bound Journals Bound Journal collection (Level 5)
CL Closed Stacks Closed Stacks collection. To access please request online 
CL Current Journals Current Journal Section (Level 5) - USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
CL Multimedia (Loans Desk 2) Fill out loan slip (available at library reception & information desks) and request item at Loans Desk 2 (Level 4)
CL Loans Desk 3 Request for accompanying disks/CDs by CALL # at Loans Desk 3
CL Microforms 
(Loans Desk 2)
Request by stack # at Loans Desk 2 and view in Microform viewing room
CL RBR (Loans Desk 1) Self-service, find by CALL # at Loans Desk 1
CL Reference (PH Room) Reference collection (Level 5) also known as Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room (Level 5) - USE IN LIBRARY ONLY
CL Singapore-Malaysia Singapore-Malaysia Collection (Level 5) - USE IN LIBRARY ONLY


For CL Reference items, take note of the exact Reference Shelf e.g. CL Reference 8 (PH Room) , go to Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room (PH Room) (Level 5), and go to the shelf labelled CL Reference 8 (PH Room). Then look for the item you need by the Call number.

For a complete guide see "Location codes"

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