The University was established in 1912, being the first and oldest industrial university in Taiwan. The current address of the library is located on the western campus, with a gross floor area of 6,500 square meters.
The library is a three-story building with two basements (B1 and B2). The first floor comprises the main hall, circulation counter, database search area, new and popular books corner, Vincent Siew Collections, and library Café. The monographic collection for Western books, periodicals, the reference collection, self-learning center and discussion room are located on the second floor. On the third floor, there are the Master' thesis and Doctoral Dissertations Collection, monographic collection for Chinese books, and bound periodicals. The audio-visual room and study rooms are in B1, and B2 is the Library Annex (not open to the public).
The library is headed by the University Librarian, overseeing the overall management of library affairs. Under him are three divisions, the reader services division, the technical services division and information services division. Currently, the library staff comprises three division leaders and 15 librarians, respectively responsible for the businesses regarding acquisition, cataloguing, collections, circulation, periodicals, audio-visual materials, references, promotion, information, school history gallery, the Northern Alliance of Technical Colleges and Universities (NATCU), and Institutional Repository
Features of library collections
The Library is the resource centre supporting the teaching and research of this University, and its goals are to align itself with the effort to improve the quality and teaching and research, nurture the ability of readers to use academic information and cultivate professionals who are pragmatic and useful. Based on this, the library continuously enriches its collections, and systematizes and informatizes them for the sake of readers’ convenience in reading and using them.
To align itself with the development feature of this University that positions itself as a well-known university with its strength in technology, the principal collections center on the category of engineering technology, supplemented by those for humanities and social sciences as well as art. Currently, there are over 360,000 Chinese, Western and Japanese books, over 750,000 Chinese and Western electronic books, over 1,000 Chinese and Western journals, over 250 Chinese and Western databases, over 42,000 Chinese and Western electronic journals, and over 11,000 Chinese and Western audiovisual materials.
The focus of the recent development of library collections lies in formulating a perfect and comprehensive book and material selection policy and construct the teaching and research resources required for a practical research university. The Library also actively purchases databases and e-journals with both timeliness and convenience, which include such famous online databases as IEEE/IEL Online, SAE, ASC, SciFinder, ABI/INFORM, SDOL, and ASTM.
At the same time, to create a wide-range journal collection, famous electronic journals published by important international publishers are purchased as far as possible in their entirety. Academic journals like IEEE/IET Electronic Library, Science Direct (SDOL), Springer LINK, Taylor & Francis Journals, Wiley - Blackwell Journals, and Oxford Journals are all completely included.
The e-books of the Library total 750,000, covering the e-books of such important publishers as Cambridge, Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Springer and SAGE. Along with the great increase in electronic resources recently, together with the changes in readers’ reading habits, it becomes more convenient for teachers and students in using databases, e-books and audio-visual materials, and the number of users has also been growing recently.
Direction of development
In an era when the amount of information is increasing and circulating rapidly, libraries, in addition to the traditional tasks of static collecting and collating information, must also actively play the role of enlivening and dynamically managing of information. The Library’s direction of development is explained in three respects below.
1. Development of library collections
To align itself with the goal of this University to strive to become a well-known university with its strength in technology, in addition to increasing the number of books in its collection, the Library also accelerates its pace in expanding the subjects of books so as to meet the needs of teaching and research in various domains. It will strive further to establish a multimedia and digital library to enhance the circulation effectiveness and convenience of library information
2. Service promotion
The Library actively enlarges its dimensions of reader services, engaging in innovative services to improve its service quality. Suh services include reader management, loan service for tablets, used textbooks sales, establishing the university history gallery, organizing university history gallery tours for new students, organizing special exhibition on the cultural artifacts of the university, organizing designated books for the book fragrance project, providing readers’ feedback, and service for foreign students.
3. System integration
Electronic resources have been purchased to integrate the search system so as to facilitate readers to enquire directly using a single interface. Moreover, in response to the use needs of readers, and in accordance with the service trend of system personalization and mobilization, the Library carried out an upgrade and replacement of the automation system in 2014, and undertook a portal reengineering in 2016 to provide better quality information service.