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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 an

linguistics 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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