Li Ka Shing Library

I would like this library to be seen as the intellectual hub and a centre for research for faculty; as a place for students to come and collaborate.” Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew  (Channel NewsAsia, 24 Feb 2006).


The Li Ka Shing Library was officially opened on 24 February 2006. The Library is named after Hong Kong businessman Dr. Li Ka-shing, Chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Limited. The Li Ka Shing Foundation donated an endowment to the library for collections and to the University for scholarship.

The library includes four floors that comprise about 8,800 square meters of public space with 1,800 seats. The library offers a range of learning spaces, including open areas for individual and collaborative use, Learning Commons (open 24/7), study booths, 38 project rooms equipped with LCD panels, learning labs, an Investment Studio, quiet areas, and postgraduate lounges. The library space is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as wireless network, digital signages, express workstations and dedicated computers with specialised financial software. Collections of lifestyle reading materials, videos, games and recent issues of newspapers and magazines and a display of latest arrivals are available in the lounge on Level 2.

The library building showcases unique architectural features, such as the louvered windows facing Campus Green that permit abundant natural light and allow for views of the surrounding arts and cultural district; skylights and light wells that infuse the interior spaces with natural brightness; and greenery that cascades down the library’s modern, curvilinear facades. The Foyer Entrance features a unique art piece - “Sea of Learning”, the winning entry of the Public Art Competition jointly organised by the Li Ka Shing Foundation and SMU. The knowledge fountain, a wonderful artistic creation, on the roof garden terrace displays knowledge in different forms.

art@level4 is a dedicated exhibition space at Level 4 of the library. The exhibition space, composed of six freestanding panels, is a teeming thoroughfare with students passing through. art@level4 aims to enrich and enliven the cultural and intellectual life on SMU’s city campus, and strengthen its role in the Civic District and the Bras Basah. Bugis Precinct, by showcasing artworks and exhibitions that contribute to the discourse on aesthetics, history and socio-political issues. 

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