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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 3,200,000 volumes. In addition,it has more than 1,2700,000 electronic books in Chinese or foreign languages, some 28,000 electronic journals in Chinese or foreign languages, about 3,890,000 electronic dissertations in Chinese or foreign languages and 1,000,000 pieces of electronic documents of patents and reports. 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, Wangfang Data, VIP, SSLibrary and Chinese national standard, involving CD and network databases, referring to 89 databases and over 248 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 69 librarians, including 21 at or above an associate professor level, 30 with intermediate professional title. The library serves more than 4,000 faculty and over 30,000 students at the university.
    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

Eastern library

Lending desk

The lobby on the ground floor

Lending and returning

 

Reading room for Chinese science and technology books

Northern part on the third floor

Chinese books on natural sciences, engineering and technology and languages

 

Reading room for foreign books and reference materials

Northern part on the fourth floor

Proceedings, books or other reading materials in foreign languages ( including science and technology report, government publications, conference papers and so on), reference books

 

Multimedia reading room

Northern part on the fifth floor

Audio-visual materials, the CDs accompanied with the books collected by the library, the CDs not available from Internet and the microfilms on AD and NASA reports etc.

 

Reading room for periodicals in foreign languages

Southern part on the second floor

Current periodicals in foreign languages and back periodicals in foreign languages since 1990

 

Reading room for Chinese science and technology periodicals

Southern part on the third floor

Science and technology category of current periodicals in Chinese and back periodicals in Chinese since 1980

 

Reading room for foreign dissertations in the past

Southern part on the fourth floor

Back periodicals in foreign languages from 1979 to 1989,Master's degree or Ph.D degree dissertations of the university and some of dissertations by international students

 

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 the category of social sciences in Chinese (reading and reproducing in library)

 

Social Science Books Reading Area

On the third floor

social science, literature, art, history and geography books (lending)

 

Chinese Science and Technology Books and Periodicals Reading Area

On the fourth floor

Technology, computer science, architecture and aviation books (lending)


Science and technology current issues in Chinese (reading and reproducing in library)

 

Basic Subjects Books Reading Area

On the fifth floor

Natural science and linguistics books (lending)

 

 
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