The total library collection of thread-bound ancient Chinese
books in the stacks amounts to nearly 30,000 titles with approximately
300,000 individual volumes. More than 2,000 titles have been identified
as rare books according to the national standard by the editorial committee
of The Catalogue of Ancient Chinese Rare books, and more than 400 titles
are sole surviving copies. Whether in terms of quantity or quality, this
collection is one of the best among libraries in China. After checking
the catalogue and completing the necessary formalities, readers can read
these books in the ancient books reference room.
for the History of Science & Technology and Ancient Texts is attached
to the Library.
1998, the Library
cooperated with other academic libraries of China to subscribe foreign
databases in the consortium manner and set up domestic mirror-sites in
Tsinghua University Library, so that all the authorized users in China
can access these databases quickly without any international communication
far, the Library has set up several mirror-sites for important foreign
databases, such as Elsevier Science, Ei Village, IEL, CSA, SDOS, FirstSearch,
etc. Besides, the library also set up a mirror site for China Academic
Journal Net which includes 5000 full-text chinese e-journals. The library
provides database services for all the authorized users of the nationwide
without any charge.
- Copying articles owned by Tsinghua
University Library (users of Tsinghua University are restricted).
- Copying journal articles, standards,
patents, conference papers and technical reports from other domestic
or overseas libraries or information agencies.
- Borrowing or ordering dissertations
or theses on your behalf.
- Borrowing books from National
Library of China, Documentation and Information Center of the Chinese
Academy of Sciences, Peking University Library and Hong Kong Polytechnic
University Library for users of Tsinghua University (users out of Tsinghua
University are restricted).
Please refer to http://dds.lib.tsinghua.edu.cn/dds/english/Home.htm
for more details.
Library offers the following courses:
Sci-Tech Literature Searching and Utilization
--A required and elective course for both under-graduates
and graduates, helping them to grasp the basic skills of information retrieval
and utilization through teaching and practice.
How to Use the Library --An elective
course with the goal of helping under-graduate students to comprehend
the bibliographic services provided by the library and then make the best
use of the library.
Library offers the following regular training programs:
Search Center of Tsinghua University is authorized by the Ministry of
Education P.R.C. with the aim at providing novelty search service for
the research community of Tsinghua University. What is called Novelty
Search is to gather related bibliographic documents by retrieval and ultimately
offer a reasonable, analytical report after investigation and comparison,
according to a given research project .
purposes of novelty search includes:
- Awards Application
for Sci-Tech Achievements
- Patent Application
- Appraisal for
- Sci-Tech Project
Determination Technology Import
order to promote the cooperation between Tsinghua University and OCLC,
Tsinghua OCLC Service Center was established in 1996 in Tsinghua University
With the major mission of offering training and
technical support to Chinese FirstSearch users, the center also exerts
its best efforts to promote and expand the use of FirstSearch by libraries
, institutes and other organizations in China. The center provides all
technical assistance to users and reduces charges as much as possible
at the same time.
Database Retrieval Service
The Library provides access to various online databases such
as DIALOG, BDSIRS(Beijing Document Service Information Retrieval System),
etc. Trained librarians plan and execute searches of databases, help patrons
analyze the search results.
& Information Service
Reference and Information Service Desk at the main hall of
the library new building provides assistance and advice to individual
library patrons in obtaining documents and information --
- Answer patrons' questions of finding
materials from library's collections and accessing to the catalogs.
Collections include printed books and periodicals, microforms, electronic
databases, etc. Catalogs are online catalogs and card catalogs.
- Help patrons in searching CD-ROM
networking databases, online databases and Internet resources and make
- Introduce library services to
patrons. These services are ILL, subject reference, SDI, etc.
Patrons can submit their questions
at desk, by phone, or via e-mail.
Some guided materials, such as introduction to the OPAC, user's guides
of databases, subject guides to the library resources and services, can
be obtained at the Desk.
To strengthen the ties between library and academic departments
and to help faculty and students make a better use of library resources,
Tsinghua University Library started the "Subject Librarian System"
since 1998. By this system, every academic department (school) appoints
a departmental library coordinator to keep contact with the library and
reflect the requests of his department. At the same time, library appoints
subject librarian with related major background for each department to
solve their problems or handle their requests.
Responsibilities of Subject Librarians
- Offer training programs for new
faculty and new students of the corresponding department in March and
September of each year.
- Conduct workshops on library utilization
for the corresponding department according to their needs.
- Introduce new information resources
and new services to the corresponding department.
- Edit reference materials for the
- Collect and introduce useful web
resources for the corresponding department.
- Solve problems of the corresponding
department in library utilization.
- Solicit opinions from the corresponding
department especially for journals, books, electronic resources and
services of library.
Foreign Teaching Materials Center(FTC) of Tsinghua
University was established in 1985, entrusted by State Education Ministry.
The mission of FTC is to import teaching materials from famous foreign
universities, including textbooks, reference books, dissertations, and
other relevant teaching materials.
The FTC supplies various services such as recommendation,
specific subject alerting, selective dissemination of information, book
review, workshops, et al.
There are a Foreign Teaching
Materials Center Reading Room and a Chinese Textbook Sample Reading Room
in the library, both of them are in charge of collecting and managing
the textbooks, reference books, and other kinds of teaching materials
for domestic and overseas universities and colleges, and offer services
to institutions of higher learning nationwide.