The North South University (NSU) Library has grown over the years since 1992 and now is one of the best university libraries in Bangladesh. This is the first RFID based automated university library in the country using KOHA Intigrated Library Management System, which supports MARC21, web-based online lending and receiving, browsing a-v materials, searching full-text online books, tracking circulation system, maintaining RFID self-check and book drop records, auto email alert services, etc. Its online databases provide full access to all users facilitate navigation and reservation of books from distant work-stations through its own website http://opac.northsouth.edu The users can also check their borrowing status, renew issued resources, and can reserve three books at a time for 48 hours through the library website. This is the only university library in Bangladesh where the Library of Congress Classification System is being used to organize and arrange books, reports, journals, and other resources. The library has introduced state-of-the-art technology Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Based Library Management System to automate library operation and management for the first time in the country in December 2012, financed by the World Bank and the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP). Now, the library users themselves can issue and return books using Self-Check and Book-Drop machines. They can also track the books on shelves using tracking machines. The library consists of six floors with over 70,000 sq.ft. area at the south-east side of the NSU campus at Bashundhara, Dhaka. It can accommodate over 1,400 students at a time in its well-furbished reading rooms. On an average 2,500 users use the library every day.
NSU Library Vision
The NSU library will support the research, teaching, and learning needs of the North South University community by providing wide-ranging scholarly resources, facilities, and services to faculty members, staff, and students in discovering, using, creating, and managing information.
NSU Library Resources
A total number of 51,000+ printed books, reports, and bound journals, 87,903 online e-books (access through LICOB, UDL, and Research4Life only), 64,624 online journals (access through 52 E-resource providers), 1,900 CD ROM books and databases, 229 DVDs and videos, 159 audio-cassettes and a good numbers of other resources of the library cover all branches of knowledge. In addition to these collections, the library subscribes to print issues of 46 foreign and 19 local journals, 18 foreign and 22 local magazines, two foreign dailies, and almost all leading national dailies of Bangladesh. The NSU Library is the pioneer of subscribing to online journals and MyAthens in the country. It started subscriptions to online journals with JSTOR, IEEE, ACM Digital library, and 39 titles of online journals in various disciplines for the first time in 2002. After that, the other libraries started subscriptions to online journals in Bangladesh. It has also started subscriptions to e-resource databases, namely, EconLit, AHEAD, and Global Development Finance in 1998. All registered members of the NSU library get access to online journals and e-books databases from inside and outside campus through the Internet.
Institutional Repository (IR)
The NSU repositories cover book chapters and articles written by teachers, students, and researchers of NSU. The numbers of the content of the repository are over 500 and are increasing day by day.
Currently, the library provides lending, reference, readers’ guidance, internet, reading, news clipping, database searching and printing, CD writing, audio-visual, current awareness, SDI, and reprography services to its users. The Wi-Fi and broadband internet connection of the library building help the library users to access online resources easily.
NSU Library maintains 7 days a working week. It is open, Sunday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. On Friday, it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a Jumma prayer break from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and maintains a single shift from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the semester break. It remains closed on public holidays and other dates announced by the university authorities.
At present, the library maintains 13 different sections, namely, Bangabandhu & Liberation War Corner, Arts, and Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, and Engineering, Bio-Medical Sciences, Reference, Periodicals, Cyber & Audio-Visuals, Newspaper Archive, Study Hall, Faculty Corner, Chinese Books, Acquisition & Processing, and Library Administration to provide better services to its users.