The Library of Hebei Normal University is a modern comprehensive university library mainly for pedagogic education. It was formed by the merger of the four former libraries of Hebei Normal University, Hebei Teachers University, Hebei Institute of Education and Hebei Normal College of Vocational Technics. From the time of the earliest Reading Room of Peking Shuntian High School in the late Qing Dynasty, the Library has developed constantly for more than a century. In 2013, all library collections on the former East Campus, West Campus and at the Temporary Library on the new campus were moved into the newly built Library on the new campus ending the unfortunate condition of four separate parts under one library management. The new Library today occupies an area of 45,000 square meters having nearly 5,000 seats and a total collection of over 3 million books and a great deal of virtual resources.
With the efforts of several generations of librarians across over 110 years, a mature and growing collection focusing on pedagogic education and vocational technical training has been formed around these 3 million books and the virtual resources in use, covering philosophy, the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering among many other topics.
Among the collections, there are 170,000 ancient thread bound books and 12,600 copies of rare and ancient books in 2,200 kinds, including photocopies of some special documentary resources such as Siku Quanshu《四库全书》(the Complete Imperial Collection in Four Branches), Zhonghua Dazangjing《中华大藏经》(The Chinese Sutras), Shenbao《申報》(Shanghai Journal), Chenbao《晨报》(The Morning Post), Minguoribao《民国日报》(The Republican Daily News), Xinhuaribao《新华日报》(Xinhua Daily) and Jiefangribao《解放日报》(Liberation Daily) before 1949.
In addition to the extensive collections of paper documents, digital information resources are growing rapidly. More than 20 databases in Chinese and foreign languages have been introduced into use, including the full text database of Chinese academic periodicals, the database of Chinese Master’s and Doctoral theses, the full text database of Renda (Renmin Univ.) copied documents, the Wanfang Data Resource, the Information Network of the Development Research Centre of the State Council, the reference database for Management Decision-making in higher education, the MacroChina database, the full text database of Basic Chinese Ancient Books, the Eddie Corson online report hall, the Law Net of Beida (Peking Univ.), the New Oriental Network Course and databases in foreign languages, the full text database of Mathematics Review, the Foreign Periodicals Database of Springer, the Book Database of LexisNexis Academic, the full text database of AIP&APS Journals, the full text journal database of Elsevier SDOS, the EBSCO database of Education Psychology, the database of the Institute of Physics. Besides all the above, there are also 1.85 million copies of e-books available from the Founder Digital Library, Superstar Library and the American Star FL.
The library attaches great importance to modern management. Since the merger of the libraries, in order to improve the management level and service level of the Library, we have built up a bibliography database of the complete library collections in Chinese and foreign languages, including databases for the bibliography of ancient books, the bibliography of periodicals in Chinese and foreign languages, the bibliography of audio-visual materials, the bibliography for the reference rooms of all internal colleges and the database of Master’s and Doctoral theses of our university.
There are now available 17 data servers for network resources, a disk array of 118TByte capacity, Gigabit bandwidth network interfaces and 600 computers for readers to retrieve information and carry out searches. Beginning with using the Data Trans1000 integrated management system in 1996 that started the automation and networking of all Library operations and collections up to the time when the LIBSYS3.5 version of the Huiwen Library System was introduced in 2006, the hardware for service and administration has been greatly enhanced. In 2006, the One-Card-Solution in which all Library functions and facilities are accessible through the Campus Card provided to all users was introduced to provide a simple, user-friendly interface with the library management system.
There are 8 work departments in the library: Collections & Resources Development, Circulation,E-reading Room(LC Center), Newspapers & Journals, General Information Desk, Technique & Maintenance, Subject Service plus the Library Office. There are 112 staff members in all, among which there are two with Doctoral degrees, 17 with a Master’s degree, 48 with Bachelor degrees, 6 research librarians, 35 associate research librarians, 57 librarians, 1 Doctoral tutor and 1 Master’s tutor.
The library pays great high attention to the development and management of human resources, emphasizing quality improvement and business skills training; striving to establish an incentive mechanism for innovation; fostering a consciousness among staff of service and of being a host. The Idea behind our work is: Reader Foremost; Service First. Our work style is diligent with a willingness to be the ladder for others’ success. We strive for Solidarity and Cooperation with Library Users and Boldness in Innovation. Our common pursuit is Advocating Knowledge, Inheriting and Transmitting Civilization, Pursuing Excellence and Creating Harmony.
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Collections & Resources Development
General Information Desk
E-reading Room(LC Center)
Newspapers & Journals
Technique & Maintenance