Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Banner Image

Library Essentials

New to NUS? Welcome to Library Essentials!

Library orientation workshops for this year have come to an end!


Useful year-round workshops you may be interested in

Researcher Unbound Series

Jumpstart Minis Series

 Deepen your knowledge and skills in the research process or explore resources as a budding research enthusiast!

Research tools/platforms commonly featured!

Learn about immersive technology like VR/AR, 360 images and 3D-modelling and get started on a mini project!

Digital badges are offered for collection :)

For Library Essentials orientation workshops


Refer to the bottom for recordings, slides and some stats about the 2021 sessions!
First Year Essentials. Know your libraries and how we can support your studies. Study spaces and facilities for learning. Academic integrity essentials. Resources essential for your curriculum.
Meet your librarians
librarian image
Lyndia Chen
Librarian for Economics & Public Policy
librarian image
Jamila Osman
Librarian for Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
librarian image
Lim Siu Chen
Librarian for Public Policy & Copyright
librarian image
Lynette Lim
Librarian for Music, Humanities & Social Sciences
librarian image
Mani Kumar
Librarian for Philosophy and South Asian Studies
librarian image
Patrick Pu
Librarian for Engineering & Computer Science
librarian image
Winnifred Wong
Librarian for Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences / Reference Management
librarian image
Nur Diyana
Librarian for Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
librarian image
Clement Lin
Librarian for Law

Contact us via email:
Facebook    Twitter    Youtube    Instagram

Some stats about the workshops

977 attendees in total, including 129 live YouTube views on 28th Jul 2021


Undergraduate students


Graduate students


Non-graduating students and staff


Joined from Telegram

FAQs from the 2021 orientation sessions


I attended the orientation workshop but cannot see the YouTube recording in your guide. Where should I look for it? 

We have uploaded only the recording of the first orientation session in YouTube. 

The other sessions’ recordings are available on Panopto. You will need to enter your NUSNET ID and password to access.

Is there a map showing all NUS Libraries? 

View this link.


How do I access NUS Libraries databases? 

Go to the library portal and click Database tab in the blue FindMore box located at the centre of the page. 

How do I access E-newspapers? 

Check the information under Newspapers tab.

I am still not in Singapore; how can I access library resources? 

Access our digital resources, visit our Library portal.

Is VPN required to access resources? 

No VPN required. You just need your NUSNET ID and password.

How many books can I borrow and for how long? 

You can check your Loan Entitlement here

I don’t know my Library PIN :(

Go to this site and click on the ‘Reset your PIN’ link and follow the instructions. 

How to book facilities? 

Learn about the spaces and facilities available at the library and how to book them.

Are there printing services at the library? And is it free? 

Currently, printing services are only available at Central Library and CJ Koh Law Library (Bukit Timah Campus). More info here.


How do I know which citation style to use? 

There is no singular style at NUS. So, please check with your module lecturer.  

I just need to cite a few references. What do you suggest? 

You can use Zoterobib – easy to use, and no installation needed. Link to Zoterobib.

Link to a short video on how to use Zoterobib.

How do I cite my own work? 

If your work has previously established an academic idea, it can be cited. Take your work as the academic literature authored by you and fill in the citation fields accordingly. 

Is there anything I can do to avoid plagiarising? 

We have curated and created infographics to help students understand and exercise academic honesty.  You can access them here

Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) also has helpful information on software that can help check for similarity between your paper and previously submitted papers. See Turnitin. See IThenticate