New Changes in Library

Welcome and welcome back for Fall 2021! No matter where you are, we are excited to meet you on the 4th floor in the Academic Building, at Shinmay, or remotely online. We have new resources and services ready for you:

The Wire China 

The  Library  now subscribes to The Wire China, a weekly news magazine dedicated to understanding and explaining China’s economic rise, and its influence on global business, finance, trade, labor and the environment.

Caixin (财新) Chinese Edition 

Many have asked about Caixin’s Chinese edition. It’s available now! Caixin’s English and Chinese editions offer unique content, as well as some duplicate articles.

Career Development Collection

Planning to take a test for graduate school? Working on your resume and interview skills? Exploring majors and careers? Stop by this expanded collection curated by the Library and CDC for inspiration. 

Enter the Library with Digital ID 

Tap your phone to enter the Library! Our entrance now supports both physical campus card and the new digital ID.

 Roary is back!

Some of you may remember Roary, the Library’s newest member! This semester, Roary will bring back the popular Libroary Thursdays with new games, activities and SWAG! Stay tuned to Library’s WeChat and Engage event page for Roary’s return. 

Beyond Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper

Have you read Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper? Stop by the Library’s display to taste this sweet-sour memoir, this year’s NYU Shanghai Reads selection. Explore additional books and videos curated here, or watch this video tutorial to discover other Library materials to whet your appetite for the year ahead! 

5 Things You Need to Know about Library Services during the All-Digital Phase

In the past two weeks, we have received inquiries about library services. To help library users better cope with the current situation, we’ve tried to anticipate the most likely problems and put together an FAQ list you may find useful.


1. When will the library resume regular opening hours?

As part of the ongoing management of the 2019-nCoV epidemic, the library will not resume regular operation hours during the month of February, but our virtual services will still be available to the NYU Shanghai community. The optimistic hope is that we can open in early March, but we will not confirm a start date until we are assured that library operation is consistent with prudent epidemic management. 


2. What do I do if my loans are overdue? Do I have to pay the fines?

Regular loans from NYU Shanghai Library are all due on 5/22/2020. If you receive notices about overdue loans, please contact us at We will NOT charge any overdue fines.


3. I checked out some Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items which don’t belong to NYU Shanghai. Can I renew them?

If you have ILL items that are overdue or you need to renew them, please contact us at


4. I have some library requests that are still pending. Will they ever arrive?

With the current 2019-nCoV situation, please email us at if you need to change your item pickup location to another campus or if you need to cancel your request. Please also note If you are staying in China, and still need the item(s) you requested, your request will most likely be delivered in electronic format.


5. How do I access Course Reserve items before the library reopens?

Given the current situation, access to physical reserve items is not applicable. The library instead offers electronic reserves as much as copyright allows. Students can use Ares to check out the course reserves requested by your instructor at If you have any questions regarding course reserve items, please contact us at

Library systems go offline July 10 starting at 7:30 PM

Due to system maintenance, several library systems will be unavailable starting at 7:30 PM (local time in Shanghai, China) on July 10. The affected systems include the library catalog (BobCat), book requests, e-journals, databases, Interlibrary loan and ebooks. The Libraries’ Status Page ( will have the most up-to-date information about the system status during the outage.

We expect systems will be down until approximately 5 AM (in Shanghai, China) on July 11. We apologize for any inconvenience. As always, please contact Ask a Librarian if you have any questions or concerns.

Our Library Space Is For All

Some of you have raised concerns that our library space is not meeting your expectations in terms of noise level and seat availability.

Our Library is a space that strives to accommodate the various types of learning activities, be it silent self-study, or light group discussions. We rely on you, the responsible student, to maintain that balance and harmony. Please be mindful of your peers’ needs when you are in the library. It is as simple as

  • Making the space pleasant for others – no seat hogging or reserving with your personal belongings.
  • Having group study and discussion outside of Silent Zone.
  • Keeping your voices low when using the group study room as the rooms are not fully soundproof.

Remember that our library space is for the entire NYU community. Let’s be considerate to one another.


Study Breaks keep your mind fresh and help combat finals stress. The Library has set up a quiet relaxation zone for you in the Curiosity Lab, right by the circulation desk.

Come relax, zone out, rest, and take a break from the busiest time of the semester!

A place for you to study together

“I wish there was a place I could prepare the exams with my study buddies.”

If this thought has run through your head before, then act fast and book your very own library study room.

The study rooms can host four to eight people, and it offers a whiteboard for brainstorming and discussion.

To book a room, please click here. Or scan the QR code on the door/in the group study room.

Remember these rooms can only be booked up to 2 hours so make sure to keep track of time and be respectful of others who may have booked the same room for the next hours.

Plan ahead. You can book up to 7 days in advance.

Big thanks to 212 parents who donated the 启航研习室(405) in the library.

Finally, after you are done with the study room, please remember to clean up the messes you made so others are able to enjoy the same space.