Library Hours Change during Thanksgiving Holiday and Makeup Days

NYU Shanghai Library’s Collection and Services will be closed from November 23 to 25, in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday. Accordingly, the library hours from November 19 to 26 will have minor changes. For research assistance in the meantime, please email librarians in NYC, or use the chat widget on the library website.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Meet Your Librarians

Did you know there are reference librarians in the library who can help you locate the information and resources you need, assist with your research project, help with citing your paper, and much more.

In-person assistance is available at the reference desk in the library on the 4th floor, Monday through Thursday from 12-2pm. No appointment necessary — just drop by when you need assistance.

One-on-one research consultations are also available through the library. You are encouraged to make an appointment with your subject librarians.

Head of Access Services & STEM Librarian

Qinghua Xu is the library’s Head of Access Services, and subject liaison to students and faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Favourite thing about being a librarian:  “Being a librarian is a rewarding experience. You know that every little thing you do can make a positive impact on users’ teaching and learning experience.”

Fun Fact: “It is a small world! I recently connected with my childhood best friend who I haven’t met for nearly 30 years through WeChat.”

Reference & Subject Specialist Librarian
Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences
Reference & Research Services Coordinator

Caitlin MacKenzie Mannion is the Reference and Research Services Coordinator, and subject liaison to students and faculty in Arts and Humanities.

Favourite thing about being a librarian:  “I love my one-on-one consultations with students who are working on research projects. I always end up learning something new from them!”

Fun Fact: “I’ve been playing classical violin for over 20 years!”



Reference and Research Services Librarian for Business

Edward Lim is the subject librarian for Business. He is one of the newest members of the library team, joining us from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Favourite thing about being a librarian:  “Nobody questions when a librarian makes a recommendation! As a librarian, we get to experiment with technology and the latest gadgets and software.”

Fun Fact: “I can drive a car and ride a horse, but I have not picked up cycling. I almost never buy print books for personal reading.”

Reference and Research Services Librarian for Social Sciences and Economics

Jennifer Stubbs is the subject librarian for Social Sciences and Economics. She is the newest member of the library team. Prior to NYU Shanghai, Jennifer was a librarian for Albuquerque Bernalillo County Public Library in the US.

Favourite thing about being a librarian:
“My sister says the thing about librarians is we love to search. People come to us because they want to find one thing. I will keep searching and exploring tangents and different databases, so feel free to interrupt me and say, I have what I need, thanks! Bye.”

Fun Fact: “My initials match the scary shark movie: JAWS.”

A special series of books are available

Thanks to the help of NYU Shanghai’s Writing Program, the library is able to have its new 2017 Literary Reading Series.

The Literary Reading Series or the Spotlight collection in the Library’s Main Collection, is a series of books that range from poems to novels written by writers that have come to our campus or will come to introduce their new creations.

Some authors who you can expect to come across are the British-Chinese novelist Peter Ho Davies, who wrote The Fortunes,

and Sandra Simonds, whose poems have been included in the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014.

If you are interested in reading any of these books that have been or will be presented on campus by more authors, you can easily find their works on our library’s very own Spotlight shelf.

If you want to know more about the authors or their works, feel free to check out the books!

Remember, you can keep the book up to two weeks and renew once.

New Database: Caixin Global

Caixin Global provides financial and business news in China. It is the English language platform of Caixin, an independent media outlet in China with a Public Trust Committee to guarantee its integrity. Our subscription allows complete access to Caixin paid content, including their CX Flash brief stories and a weekly audio roundup of news.

Access Caixin Global via NYU Libraries.

How to find my library account?

Do you have loans?

Do you need to request a book from interlibrary loan, but do not know how to do it?

Do you need to pay fines?

If your answer is yes to at least one of these questions, then you should access your own library account.

How can I access my library account?

There are two ways:

1. From Library’s official WeChat account 

Find—My Account—Login to your account and check the records.

2. Through NYU Shanghai homepage

Library—My Accounts—Library Account—Log in to your account and check the records.

Now, you are able to view things such as:

  • Loans
  • Holds Requests
  • Booking Requests
  • Fines/Fees

Is your deadline for a book fast approaching? Are you feeling scared and anxious about the fines and fees? Do not fear because you can also renew your loans straight from home by clicking the loans tab on your library account.

If you are unable to find a book in NYU Shanghai’s library please feel free to request a book from “My interlibrary loan (ILL),” which is a tab located on the far left of your library account. The interlibrary loans allow you to request many different sources such as:

  • Articles
  • Books
  • Book Chapters
  • Journals
  • Dissertation/Thesis
  • Audio/Visual
  • Musical score
  • Microform
  • Other

Because the interlibrary loan takes much longer for you to obtain the physical copy of the book, there is also the option to requests scanned sections of the book, and you can view your requests in processing.

If you have any other question, please feel free to email

Making Instructional Videos in our Digital Studio

Have a look into the digital studio, and find out how it can be used for faculty to create instructional video modules.

1.    Introduction

The Digital Studio provides the space and facility for faculty to create video modules (around 3-5 minutes) to support teaching and learning.

2.    Studio Setup Scenarios

Click to view a short video about RITS here

3.    Start to Learn

The production process includes five easy steps that focus on identifying learning objectives, instructional design techniques, and storyboarding to diminish lengthy post-production workflows.











For more information, email us at to arrange a personal consultation.

Canva: Design Made Simple

Canva is a great piece of software for you to create graphics, presentations, flyers, posters and so on.

1. Setting Up

Canva is a great online graphic design platform you can use to create graphics that look nice, and the best thing is, it’s really simple and user-friendly. Go to and you’ll get access to it.

To begin with, Canva first offers you a bunch of sizes, with generic ones like a square to more specific ones, like a Facebook header or a Pinterest graphic. And if that wasn’t what you wanted, you could also go with your own custom dimensions.

2. Creating

So after choosing what you need, and you’ll reach the page as shown below. There’s a column on the left, in which there are different sections: LAYOUTS, ELEMENTS, TEXT, etc.

If all that blank space is intimidating you, never fear, because you got LAYOUTS! There are lots of options that you can use to build your design upon. Just you click on one of them, and the design will be imported into your work area. And you can simply edit it—change the font, change the color scheme, move elements around, and so on. And if you find something in the ELEMENTS tab that you like, just drag it on to what you’re working on.

You don’t need to go through a hard learning process to make something nice in Canva, and the layouts are a great starting point. And if you know your way around designing things, you can also use Canva. You can easily upload your own photos or icons, and Canva’s library of elements and shapes make designing from scratch much easier.

3. Downloading

All your works are automatically saved on the website. Once you finish designing and want to download your work, simply click Download at top right corner and then you can choose whatever format you want. NOTICE that you can download your work for free ONLY when ALL elements you used are labeled with “FREE” in Canva’s library. Otherwise you’ll have to pay accordingly.

Enough said, now you can be your own designer and create your work with Canva!

Welcome to a New Semester

Dear NYU Shanghai Community,

Welcome and welcome back!  At the start of the school year, I would like to introduce the exciting changes and additions to the library.

Browsable DVD Collection: Our carefully curated DVD collection is now open for browsing during library hours in the Course Reserve Room.




DVD Viewing Room: This new room is equipped with iMacs and Blueray players for you to use our DVD collection for leisure and research purposes.



Curiosity Lab: The library will start to host our series of research and technology workshops in this new, collaborative teaching and learning space inside the library.



Expanded Chinese Language Leisure Collection: Through a collaboration with the Pudong Public Library, we now have 500 new leisure titles ready for circulating. Each year, we will bring in new titles to the collection.


I welcome you to visit us to check out the new spaces and collections. Hope the changes will further enrich your teaching and learning experience at NYUSH.

Xiaojing Zu
Library Director