About Us - Overview

Situated at the heart of SMU’s city campus, SMU Libraries offer its services through two physical libraries, Li Ka Shing Library and Kwa Geok Choo Law Library as well as virtually through various web based services. SMU Libraries are the centre for academic and professional knowledge resources and services that support the research and learning needs of the SMU community. The Libraries facilitate knowledge creation, discovery through its electronic search platform and access to a wide array of research resources on and off campus. Library collections include:

  • Over 550,000 print and electronic books
  • Access to over 80,000 print and electronic journals
  • More than 170 electronic databases
  • Over 24,000 SMU research publications in its Institutional Repository (InK), including Electronic Theses and Dissertations
  • Oral History Collection

SMU Libraries offer a range of learning spaces, including open areas for individual and collaborative use, study carrels, project rooms equipped with LCD panels, learning labs, quiet areas, investment studio, graduate lounges, and Hive - an innovative space for collaborative learning. Library space is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as wireless network, digital signage, express workstations, videoconferencing 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 at the Lounge area of Li Ka Shing Library.

The Li Ka Shing 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 art 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.

To celebrate and honour the life of Madam Kwa Geok Choo, SMU has dedicated its Law Library to the memory of the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo. Kwa Geok Choo Law Library is located adjacent to the Yong Pung How School of Law building, next Fort Canning Park, taking on a distinct architectural form that is reminiscent of a pearl. The 2,700 square meter Law Library has the capacity to hold 16,000 print volumes and able to accommodate seating for more than 500 users. The Kwa Geok Choo Law Library provides seamless access to information services and resources to the entire SMU community. The Library provides comprehensive collection coverage to support the teaching and legal research needs of the Yong Pung How School of Law.

SMU Libraries' staff have diverse backgrounds and most have obtained graduate degrees in library and information science and also degrees in subject areas key to SMU such as accounting, business, economics, engineering, humanities, law and social sciences.

The Libraries host a variety of campus activities including cultural talks for the community, book launches, literary festivals and seminars, as well as information and training sessions on developments in the library profession for the local and international library community.

A collection of research articles by library staff is available at Institutional Knowledge (InK).

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The Libraries are grateful to Dr Li Ka-shing and his foundation for their generous gift and support.