General Introduction

of the Library

 

Minjiang University Library, which was established in September 2002, consists of five branch libraries, including that in the main campus located at the university town, the campus in Changle Road (former Fuzhou Teachers College), the campus in Gongye Road (former Minjiang Vocational College), the campus in Hongtang Road (former Fujian Academy of Arts and Crafts) and the campus in Shoushan Road (former Fujian Music College).

These five branch libraries, with a total building area of over 18,800 square meters, hold around 2,373 seats, providing a collection of 2,433,000 volumes (containing a collection of more than 1,493,000 printing volumes and 940,000 e-books) and over 3,476 kinds of periodicals from home and abroad as well as 75,445 bound volumes of newspapers and periodicals. Therein, the branch library in the main campus which covers an area of 11,816 square meters has a capacity of approximately 1,474 seats, over 900 network information points, around 400 computers, 60 TB of disk storage, 62 foreign and domestic electronic databases (including 24 purchased databases and 38 trial e-resources) such as CNKI, Wanfang Database and Superstar digital library, as well as 10 self-constructed special databases.

The library in the main campus, as the turnkey project of the municipal government, is the first advanced library with a favorable building of garden style and ecotype in Fujian Province. Built in an ecologically valuable way, the library boasts of elegant and comfortable environment, keeping in harmony with surrounding landscapes. With its color and style fitting in with the whole campus, the overall design of the library makes people feel prudent and solemn, highlighting its cultural atmosphere and garden feature. The entire building is comprised of the Main Building (the South Building) with three floors, the West Building (two floors) and the East Building (two floors), showing a symmetrical layout. With a sloping roof, it sits northeast and faces southwest, distinctly reflecting the traditional architecture in areas south of Yangtze River. The main part of its front in particular is at a distance of only 30 meters from the axis of the central garden on campus, enjoying a capacious and tranquil green space.

With reader-centered service idea, the library enables an integrated service pattern of collecting, lending, reading, retrieving, and consulting. Without any partition, every functional area in the library enjoys a large space featuring by fine flexibility and strong applicability. The main functional area is well arranged with book stacks for Chinese Social Sciences and Humanities collections, Chinese Natural Sciences collections, Foreign language literatures, Chinese preserved collections, and special collections, as well as a reading area for new books, two reading halls (A and B) for current periodicals, a reading hall for back periodicals, several retrieving areas, a multimedia E-reading hall, and a wire-less reading area. The 100-seat Lecture Hall built in octagonal shape is equipped with advanced conference system and multimedia transmission system used for holding academic lectures and reports. Now the entire library is laid with wireless network. Under the closed-end management, the library, with the modular central air-conditioning system, enjoys pleasurable ventilation and lighting and extends its weekly service period to 86 hours in the frontline.

Following the service tenet of “reader oriented, characteristic management, initiative service, and utmost guarantee”, the library offers services including books lending, catalogue searching, disks downloading, interlibrary loan service, reference service, reader education and training, subject service, reading guidance, new books notification, books and periodicals recommendation, wireless networking, mobile library and VPN service off campus (for teaching staffs only) etc.. With the implementation of subject librarian program, the library has connected itself with corresponding departments in the university. The interlibrary loan service, the furnishing of indoor and outdoor book drops, the free opening of study room and E-reading room, and unlimited book lending are the extension of reader-oriented service of the library. Apart from the innovation of freshmen education, the library emphasizes on enhancing reader information literacy by setting up the course of Information Retrieval and organizing lectures on the utilization of information resources.

There are all together 83 staff members in the library, among whom 40 are regular staffs,with 6 winning senior professional titles, 24 intermediate professional titles, and 10 junior professional titles. The rest 43 are non-regular staffs. In the following years, some professionals in various fields will be introduced annually to set up a team of high quality library staffs with a sound professional structure.

In accordance with the requirements of the university, the library is currently intensifying its connotation construction and promoting service level, striving to grow as a subject-oriented, humanistic, digital, functional and intelligent library.