SMU Libraries is committed to support faculty in their research and teaching activities and to provide services that enhance their productivity.


Research, Teaching, and learning services

SMU students, faculty and staff who need assistance with database searching or customised help with their research projects may make an appointment with a librarian who specialises in your subject. Your research librarians are:

Consult your research librarian about using library resources, getting help with your research and teaching, or training for your research assistant on using library resources.

The research librarians can also collaborate with you to integrate subject-specific workshops and seminars that cover resources relevant to your course, as well as involvement in various classroom project.

As for your research output, the Library can help you manage, promote and collect metrics, by:

  • Having your research outputs and publications discoverable via search engines like Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo! and platforms like Digital Commons Network and OAISter by depositing the full text in IRIS (Integrated Research Management System) and InK (Institutional Knowledge at SMU)
  • Having the records of your research data discoverable with an option for the Library to store the data
  • Getting a monthly report of downloads from InK with a personal author dashboard showing the countries and institutions the downloads come from
  • Setting up a unique page that pulls together your research outputs and personalise its organisation in Faculty Gallery
  • Ensuring that the right publications are attributed to you by having unique author identifiers set up and maintained in ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID and ORCID
  • Getting your research impact metrics from Web of Science and Scopus, with additional metrics from key resources in your disciplines or from Altmetrics
  • Supporting publishing and data management in library research guides


Loan Privileges

Faculty can borrow up to 100 items. See Loan Privileges.
For assistance and questions on borrowing and loan privileges, email library [at] smu.edu.sg or speak to library staff at the Services desk on Level 2.


My Library Account

Use My Library Account to:


Course Reading Distribution

If you are teaching Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses, you can utilize the Reading List (via eLearn) to distribute your course readings to students.
With the Reading List, Faculty can :

  • add in citations of existing books / articles from library’s collection
  • link to existing library e-resources
  • request the library to purchase new book titles
  • request for digitization (within copyright limit)
  • upload your own digitized resources
  • link to free online resources

The guide to populating the Reading List explains how this is done. You can also contact your Research Librarian or the Postgraduate Program Administrators for assistance.


Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that obtains books, book chapters, journal articles and other resources for university-related research and teaching that are not available in the SMU Libraries collection. The following group of users are eligible for this service:  

  • Faculty and administrative staff
  • Postgraduate students 
  • Third and fourth year undergraduate students  
    [First and second year undergraduate students should contact their Research Librarian for assistance.] 

How to request an Interlibrary Loan:

  • Submitting a form in your Library account 
  • Using the Find It @ SMU Libraries button within Library-subscribed databases 
  • Emailing library [at] smu.edu.sg (subject: Interlibrary%20Loan)  with a complete citation of the book, book chapter or article required 

Read the full Interlibrary Loan guidelines


New Resources Recommendations

libacq [at] smu.edu.sg (subject: Title%20Recommendation) (Recommend new resources) to the library for purchase considerations. Please provide as many details as possible about the request, such as journal title, book title, author's name, year of publication, publisher's name and ISBN. 

Faculty can also set aside books for the library to purchase at Kinokuniya in Ngee Ann City and Books Actually. Inform the bookstore staff that the books you have selected are for Singapore Management University Libraries, and also provide your SMU name card or your SMU contact details. Library will work with the bookstore to purchase the books and include them in the library collection. You will receive an email once the books are available for loan. 


Off-Campus Access Services

The Off-Campus Access Services allow the SMU community to access e-resources remotely.


Access to Other Singapore Libraries

The Library provides assistance if you wish to visit the other academic libraries in Singapore.