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    The NPU library was established by combining the library of the former Northwest Institute of Engineering with that of the former Xi'an Institute of Aeronautics. The library of Northwest Institute of Engineering was founded in 1938. The predecessor of Xi'an Institute of Aeronautics library was, in 1952, the library of East China Institute of Aeronautics which consisted of aeronautical books and other reading materials from Jiaotong University, Nanjing University(formerly the Central University), Zhejiang University, and Tongji University. In 1956, the library was moved from Nanjing to Xi'an. In 1970, the Department of Aeronautics of Harbin Institute of Military Engineering joined with NPU along with its books.
    The library takes a total area of approximately 46,000 square meters consisting of an eastern and western part on Youyi campus as well as the library on the Chang'an campus. The western part was established in 1958 while the eastern part was built in 1993 with a donation of 5,000,000 HK$ by Mr. Shao Yifu, a well-known patriot from Hong Kong together with the university's financial support of 17,500,000 RMB. The floor area of the eastern part is about 10,600 square meters. The new library on Chang'an campus began trail operation on May 4, 2013. It was designed as a comprehensive research modern university library providing integrated services of collecting, lending, reading and studying. It takes an area of 32,000 square meters and has a capacity of 1,600,000 books and 4,000 reading seats.
    As required by the university's teaching and research, the library widely collects international and domestic literatures, carriers and languages, forming the comprehensive and multidisciplinary collection system that features aeronautics, astronautics, marine engineering and national defense. It focuses on high-tech disciplines such as computer science and engineering, electronics and telecommunications, automatic control, machinery, materials science and engineering with sciences, engineering, management, humanities, economics and law as additional areas of study. The accumulated total of literature collections includes more than 3,480,000 volumes. In addition,it has more than 1,410,000 electronic books in Chinese or foreign languages, 30,000 electronic journals in Chinese or foreign languages, and about 6,640,000 electronic dissertations in Chinese or foreign languages. It has foreign databases such as CSA Illumina (NTIS, Aerospace, Materials Science, Engineering Research), Ei Village, AIAA Meeting Papers, AIAA Journal, Wiley-Blackwell, ISTP, IEL, SCI, PQDT-B, PQDD-FT, Springer-SLCC, Jane's Air and System Library, SDOL, U.S.Military Standard, and Chinese databases such as Shusheng, China Academic Journal (CAJ), Chinese excellent master's full thesis, Chinese excellent doctor's full dissertations, Wanfang Data, VIPand Chinese national standard, involving CD and network databases, referring to 135 databases and over 372 sub-databases.
    The library provides the readers with services such as information retrieval, scientific and technological consults, novelty searching, and appraisal. It keeps in regular contact with the international and domestic book and intelligence community, lends and borrows from each other and shares the documents in their original languages.
    Now there are 65 librarians, including 19 at or above an associate professor level, 25 with intermediate professional title. 
    The NPU library is now undergoing a transition from a traditional library to a modern one. There is determination by the library staff to create more opportunities, provide a wider variety of services and strive for the goal to make the library a first-class one that will become internationally well-known.

Distribution of library collections

Departments

Services

Locations

Features

Readers'

Service

Department

Youyi campus 

eastern library

General desk

The lobby on the 

ground floor

Lending and returning

Newspapers 

Reading Area

The lobby on the 

ground floor

Current-day newspapers all over the 

country (reading in library)

Periodicals 

Reading Room

Southern part on 

the second floor

Current issues of literature 

periodicals (reading and reproducing 

in library)

Science and 

Technology 

Reading Room

Southern part on 

the third floor

Chinese books on natural sciences, 

engineering and technology and 

languages since 2008 (lending)

Science and 

Technology Collection 

Reading Room

Northern part on 

the third floor

Chinese books collection on natural 

sciences, engineering and technology 

and languages since 2006 (short-term 

lending)

Social Science Books 

Reading Room

Southern part on 

the fourth floor

Chinese books on social sciences 

since 2006 (lending)

Foreign Collection 

and Reference Book 

Reading Room

Northern part on 

the fourth floor

Foreign books since 1984 (short-term 

lending), Reference books (reading in 

library)

Chang'an campus

General desk

The lobby on the 

ground floor

Lending and returning

Newspapers Reading 

Area Chinese Social 

Science Periodicals 

Reading Area

On the second 

floor

Current-day newspapers all over the 

country (reading and reproducing in 

library), Current issues in Chinese 

(reading and reproducing in library)

Basic Subjects Books 

Reading Area

On the third floor

Natural science anlinguistics books 

(lending), Reference books (reading 

in library)

Science and 

Technology Books 

Reading Area

On the fourth floor

Technology, computer science, 

architecture and aviation books

(lending), Reference books (reading 

in library)

Social Science Books 

Reading Area

On the fifth floor

Social science, literature, art, history 

and geography books (lending),

Reference books (reading in library)


 
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