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Brief Introduction of the Wuhan Branch of the National Science Library, CAS



  The Wuhan Branch of the National Science Library, CAS also known as Wuhan Library of Chinese academy of Sciences, Hubei Science Library,(abbreviate as “Whlib” below) was founded in 1956 as a regional centre of documentation and information system of Chinese Academy of Sciences (abbreviate as “CAS” below). After more than 50 years of development, it has already become an important supporting system for science research activities and graduate education at CAS, as well as a comprehensive science and technology library with an outstanding influence and a reputation in Southern-central China. It has been making very important contribution to research activities of CAS, and the local development of science -technology and economy.

  Whlib is the sub-center of the China Science and Technology Network Information Center (CSTNet) in Southern-central China and it owns a strong technical force. It is also Wuhan Sci-Tech Project Consulting Center of CAS and the Branch of Sci-Tech Project Consulting Center of Hubei Province. As the key member of "scientific and technical literature information service center in Hubei Province", it serves as the social and economic development of Hubei-oriented. Whlib is the Documentation and Information Center of Donghu Hi-tech Development Zone, to take services to the Hi-tech development zone and enterprises.

  Whlib has building areas more than 10,000m2, and a collection about 2.3 million items. Recent years it has acquired or developed more than 70 databases, covering over 10000 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.

  Whlib integrates the walk-in services with web-based service to meet various needs of the users. The library is open to the users 365 days a year, and 12.5 hours a day. An integrated service environment of searching, reading, loan, and collecting attracts about all users. The users can read books, digital resources, online browsing, PC advanced applications, exchanges and seminars, multi-media, personalized training, and so on in the Information Commons (IC).

  Subject librarians of Whlib go to the institutes of CAS in different cities such as Wuhan, Changsha, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shenzhen and carry out service for researchers, have been widely praised by researchers.

  Since the mid-1980s, Whlib has carried out a series of research projects on environment, resources and sustainable development of the Yangtze River Basin to meet needs of national development. It has undertaken and finished a series of projects, such as Database of Disasters in the Yangtze River Basin, Scientific Document Database of Environment and Resources in the Yangtze River Basin, Database of China Environment Information and Environment Protection Industry, etc. Now Whlib carries out the decision-making intelligence, academic intelligence, and enterprise competitive intelligence research, have submit many high-quality research reports, and played an important role as knowledge base and brain tank.

  Whlib will make great efforts to become a first-class advanced energy, advanced manufacturing and new materials knowledge in the field service center". It will make great efforts to become a largest modernized science and technology information centre with characters in services and subject in central-southern China, which fits needs of knowledge economy era and innovation engineering of CAS.


  Address: west 25, XiaoHongshan, Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei, China

  Zip code: 430071  

  Tel. No.: 0086-27-87199089 (General Office)

  87197719 (Information Retrieval Room)

  87198187fax (Reception Desk)

  Fax: 0086-27-87199202


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