The National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) is the public library service system of CAS as well as the National Library of Sciences in Chinese National Science and Technology Libraries (NSTL) system. Under a Board Trustees appointed by CAS, NSLC consists of a Main Library (based in Beijing, formerly the Library of CAS) and three branch libraries, respectively Lanzhou Branch Library (formerly Lanzhou Library of CAS), Chengdu Branch Library (formerly Chengdu Library of CAS), and Wuhan Branch Library (formerly Wuhan Library of CAS). NSLC also co-operates, together with selected CAS research institutes, a number of special branch libraries whom will provide specialized information resources and services.
NSLC functions as the key library nationally for collecting information resources and providing information services in natural sciences, inter-disciplinary fields, and high tech fields, for the researchers and students of CAS and for the researchers around the country. It also conducts services such as information analysis, digital library system development, scientific publication (with its 14 journals), and promotion of sciences. It also operates the Archives of CAS.
NSLC has a staff over 470, building areas more than 80,000m2, and a collection about 11.5 million items. Recent years it has acquired or developed more than 30 databases, covering over 5000 foreign STM full text journals, 11000 Chinese full text journals, 80,000 foreign theses and dissertations, 180,000 e-books, and an increasing number of full text proceedings and reference books, all accessible from 89 CAS institutes over 24 cities across China. NSLC provides an interlibrary loan system connecting every CAS institute, and connecting to NSTL and major academic libraries, delivering documents within two working days from a pool of more than 20,000 foreign journals. In addition, NSLC developed many innovative services and tools, such as cross-database search, integrated journal browsing, online reference, subject portals, remote and mobile authentication, and ScienceChina system that incorporates abstracts, citations, and full text of key Chinese scientific literature.
NSLC is actively participating and leading national efforts to build a powerful National Scientific Information Infrastructure. As the key member of NSTL, it serves as the national reserve library for natural sciences and high tech literature, offers interlibrary load services to the nation’s researchers and libraries, organizes promotion and dissemination activities for the public, initiates strategic planning and system development projects for NSTL, and collaborates with major domestic and foreign libraries for resources sharing and research collaboration. It is also active in the professional scene, with its director as a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of library Associations and Institutes (IFLA), five staff members elected as IFLA section standing committee members, eleven staff members elected as members of Expert Working Groups of the Professional Committee of China Society of Library Sciences, and the Library as the hosting institute for the China Society of Special Libraries. It also cooperates closely with international library community to strengthen its services and research, including eIFL in Europe, MPG Libraries in Germany, Stanford University Library in USA, JST in Japan and KISTI in Korean.
As the only one in the country, NSLC is credited to grant doctor and master degrees in library science and information science, with a yearly enrollment about 50. The library also hosts senior visiting scholars and organizes vocational training and continuing education programs.
NSLC, aiming at developing a world first-class information service ability and leadership in library development in the country, strives to strengthen its resources, improve its systems, and innovate its services, to best suit its users.