Campus Life

Libraries and Learning Facilities

    Libraries

    SNU Library is the largest domestic university liberary. It has over 5.3 million volumes, 14,000 academic journals, 33,000 electronic journals and 260,000 titles of non-book materials. SNU libraries support research and academic activities of faculty and students. The library is comprised of the central library and 9 branch libraries and various reading rooms which holds 6,000 seats.

    It is also equipped with a number of comfortable reading (studying) rooms, IT facilities, multimedia plazas, a theatre, computer labs and group study rooms. For entry, S-Card must be scanned or presented to the staff.

    Refer to the central library homepage for more information on the library and related services like material search. VR tour is also provided so that you can see inside and outside of the library without visiting.

    Responses to COVID-19

    As of August 18, 2020, in light of the Level 2 Social Distancing measures, it is prohibited for more than one person to sit together and study with chatting at Study Garden, located on 2F and 3F of Kwanjeong Library. Group study rooms that have newly opened are also closed. For the latest updates on library operations, see SNU Library website or SNU OIA’s COVID-19 Updates.

    Libraries of Each College

    These libraries can be used even when you are not affiliated with the corresponding college and entrance requires your SNU student ID card (S-card) or mobile library access.

    Bldg. 16 College of Social Sciences , +82-2-880-8248

    Bldg. 58 Business School , +82-2-880-6915

    Bldg.75-1 next to College of Agriculture and Life Sciences , +82-2-880-4774

    Bldg. 72 Seoam Law Center , +82-2-880-5330

    Bldg. 81 Bioengineering Research Building 1st floor , +82-2-880-1224

    Bldg. 74 Arts Education & Research Building , +82-2-880-7915

    Next to the College of Medicine main building , +82-2-740-8045

    School of Dentistry Biomaterials Research Building 2nd floor , +82-2-740-8621

    Bldg. 140-1 Graduate School of International Studies 4th floor, +82-2-880-8502

    Bldg. 74 Arts Education & Research Building, +82-2-880-7457

     

    Reading Room

    How to reserve a seat in a reading room

    SNU libraries have reading rooms, where students can study in an academically focused environment. If you wish to enter a reading room of Main and Kwanjeong Library, you must reserve a seat on the kiosk in front of the gate of each reading room or through SNU Library website or mobile app. Scan the S-Card to click the seat, which will give you 6 hours for use. To use the seat for a longer time, students can renew it on the kiosk an hour before the expiration. When you completely leave the room, you must make sure to tab the card to the kiosk to return the seat. Otherwise, you may get penalized. For computer labs inside the library, the same reservation and return system applies.

    Reading Room Rules and Policies
    • If you reserve a seat through the app and do not have it assigned and enter the library within 30 minutes, the reservation will be cancelled. If this happens three times, your entry to library will be blocked for 10 days.
    • When you leave the reading room, you must return the seat (or check out) through either the app or the kiosk. If you do not return the seat for three times, your entry to library will be blocked for 10 days.
    • If you get a block for 10 times, your entry to libraries will be permanently blocked and there is no way to undo it. Please thus make sure to reserve and return your seat every time you use any facilities in the library.
    • All the branch libraries have their own reading rooms too, which do not have a reservation requirement.
    • Kwanjeong library has posted its seat assignment and return policy in English on its ground floor and all users must ensure to read it thoroughly.
    Locations, operating hours and user eligibility

       Main Library reading room
        - Reading rooms : 1, 2, 3A, 3B reading room
        - Operating hours : 07:00 ~ 23:00
        - Eligibility: 1, 2, 3A reading rooms are available for SNU students (enrolled students, leave of absence students, alumni with a pass) and 3B reading rooms are open to the public.

    Kwanjeong Library reading room
    - Reading room : 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B reading room, carrel study garden
    - Operating hours : 07:00 ~ 23:00
    - Eligibility: Kwanjeong Library’s reading rooms are available for SNU enrolled students, leave of absence students and graduated alumni.


    Archive Room

    Borrow

    To borrow materials, first check the call sign of the material through the university library homepage, find the material among the bookshelves (3,4 floors of the central library main building) and process the material for automatic borrowing using your student ID card (or ID card) at the central library 2nd floor information service center, 2nd floor automatic borrowing machine, or the automatic borrowing machine at the entrance of the 1~7 archive rooms on floors 3 and 4.

    Undergraduate students can borrow a maximum of 15 books per person. Materials can be returned using the information service center on the 2nd floor of the central library main building and the automatic return machine (1st floor 24 hours/2nd floor weekdays 09:00~21:00, Saturday and holidays 13:00~17:00, Sunday 13:00~17:00) and the unmanned return box located at the residence halls and college of engineering.

    When checking out any type of material from the library collection, you will need to present your student ID at the Circulation Desk on the fourth floor. Please note that some of the collections (such as books or material printed before 1945) cannot be checked out. Others types of materials such as reference materials, periodicals, dissertations, maps, audio and visual material (micro-forms included) can only be accessed inside the library. Please visit the website (library.snu.ac.kr) for a detailed library guide.

    Return

    Books can be returned at the Central Circulation Desk and Automatic Return Machine located in the main and branch libraries, via the Return Box at dormitories and College of Engineering and at the Reference Room at each College and Research Center. Books checked out from any of the library’s 7 branches and Veterinary Medicine Library may be returned to the Central library and books checked out from Central Library may be returned to any of the library’s 7 branches or the Veterinary Medicine Library. Registering one’s e-mail address and cell phone number in My Library allows the users to receive information regarding due date through e-mail and SMS.

    Before the due return deadline, it is possible to renew the borrowing period up to 3 times. However, if the book is reserved by others, renewal request is rejected.

    Books that are not returned by the due date charge overdue penalties. Overdue fines of 100 KRW per book are charged from the third day since the overdue date, where the charges for the first and second day are added. The fines must be paid by cash at the Circulation Desk and must be cleared off before leaving Korea.

    Location Borrowed Items Reserved Items Return to Other Branch Libraries Processing Time
    Circulation Desk in Main Library O O O Instantly
    Circulation Desk in Branch Libraries O O O Instantly
    Automatic Return Machine on
    1F and 2F of Main Library
    O O X Instantly
    Automatic Return Machine
    at all Branch Libraries
    O X X Instantly
    Return Box
    at Dorms and College of
    Engineering
    O O O 1 Day
    Reference Room
    at Each College and Research
    Center
    Its materials must be returned to the specific reference room
    • Return Boxes: Returned books must be posited upward in the box and only one book must be returned each time. You must ensure that the return is completely processed and then check its result through SNU Library website the next day.
    • Dormitory: At the gate of underground 2 of Bldg. 900, at the entrance of Bldg. 902
    • College of Engineering: Next to the Security Booth on the 2F of Bldg. 301 , next to the Nonghyup ATM on the lower 2F of Bldg. 302
    Overdue Penalties

    If books are not returned on time, users are subject to a fine. An overdue fine of ₩100 per book is imposed from the third day it is overdue. The overdue fine, charged from the third day after a two day grace period, starts at ₩300 as it includes that of the first two days.
    Overdue fines of over ₩1,000 must be paid through the library website using the Online Payment Services. (Foreigners, persons under age and those on fixed-rate cellular phone plan may pay in cash.)

    Extending the Due Date

    Books that are not yet overdue can be renewed twice, provided no one has placed a hold on the books. You can extend the due date of borrowed books through the library website. As renewals begin from the day of the request if you desire to maximize the length of check-out, renew items on the due date. Renewal of materials is not permitted if one has unpaid overdue fines or overdue materials. To extend the due date, go to the library website and follow through the screen captures on the next page.

    Access to e-Resource (Databases)

    The SNU Library offers access to online databases, e-Journals and e-Books for each field of study to the students and faculty of SNU. The SNU library is currently subscribed to 198 databases, 28,312 e-journals and 248,251 e-Books, including JSTOR and EBSCO. These are accessible through the e-Resource menu on the library homepage.

    Off-Campus Access to Databases (Proxy Server)

    The proxy server allows off-campus users to obtain database available for on-campus users with a SNU IP address.

    How to access:

    1. Go to the SNU Library Home Page (https://library.snu.ac.kr).
    2. Click on “e-Resource off-Campus Access” and login with a SNU Portal or University Library Card ID and password.
    3. Click on the “Database” tab under the “E-Resource” menu and click on the database you’d like to access.

    Off-Campus Access is available on all web browsers (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Google Chrome and Safari), operating systems (Windows, Mac and Linux) and devices. When using academic resources through Google, Naver and Bookmark or when entering the address of resource directly, type proxy-net.snu.ac.kr/_Lib_Proxy_Url before the original address of the resource.

    Google Scholar - proxy-net.snu.ac.kr/_Lib_Proxy_Url/scholar.google.co.kr
    Bookmark or Direct Access – proxy-net.snu.ac.kr/_Lib_Proxy_URL/

    - The archive rooms and information service center of the SNU central library is open year-round except for holidays.
    - The regular reading rooms are operated all year-round.

    Library orientations and training sessions on how to use library resources are held to support the studies and research of undergraduate students (offline / online).

    Study Rooms and Lounges on Campus

    Education Information Center (Bldg. 10-1) 

    Facilities: large lecture halls, seminar rooms, multimedia lecture halls, educational study rooms, information search rooms, the educational information center, language center and multimedia computer rooms

    Education Center (Bldg. 12) 

    Facilities: large lecture halls, seminar rooms, multimedia lecture halls, large lab rooms, multipurpose cooperation rooms,a book cafe and professor office.

    Shinyang Humanities (Bldg. 4)

    Facilities: book cafe, Internet cafe, group study zone and computer lab
    Note: Group study zones are available only to 6 or more students as a group. To use one of the spaces, please submit your S-Card to the guard on the 1F. A group can use one space for 3 hours.

    Shinyang Engineering (Bldg. 44-1)

    Facilities: Computer labs, Internet cafe, printing room, reading room, seminar room, group activity room

    Shinyang Social Sciences (Bldg. 16-1)

    Facilities: Conveienve store, Blue Elephant(restaurant), cafe, lounge, computer lab, female students lounge, lecture rooms, seminar rooms

    SNU Information Systems & Technology (Bldg. 102)

    Room. 101 I-Space, 24 Hours PC Lab
    Room. 102 3D Printing Room
    Room. 204


    Internet, USB/Audio port,

    CD R/W, DVD Combo, Licensed S/W Installation

    PCs only
    Room. 206 Printer (black and white), Copying Machine
    Room. 208 Printer (colored, black and white)
    Room 209 Laptop Uses Available
    Room. 210 IT Service Center / Rental of SW,Laptops and Camcorders
    Room. 211 Scanner, Flat Slide/Film
    Room. 212 Editing of Multimedia files, Macintosh

    College-level Computer Labs

    College of Humanities Bldg. 5, Room. 110
    College of Social Sciences Bldg. 16, M3F, Room. 303
    College of Natural Sciences Bldg. 25, 2F, Room. 113
    College of Engineering Bldg. 311, 1F ; Bldg. 36, Room. 106
    College of Education Bldg. 9, 1F
    College of Business Administration Bldg. 58, 2F
    Doore Cultural Center Bldg. 67, 2F

    Print-Copy and Fax

    SNU students should purchase a CP Gate Card to make a copy or print on campus. You can purchase a card (5,000 KRW, cash only) at the locations below.

    To use the printing card, put it in a card reader machine near the PC available for print. Usually, printers are located in the computer labs, libraries and student lounges listed above have computer labs. Copying and printing costs 50 (black and white) and 500 (colored) KRW per page.

    Name Location Services Hours (during the semester)
    Copy Bookbinding Print Card Top-up Mondays to Fridays Saturdays Sundays, Holidays
    Main Library Bldg. 62, 4F X O O O 09:00 - 18:00 Closed Closed
    Frangcors Fancy Bldg. 62-1 O O O O 09:00 - 18:00 Closed Closed
    Student Center Bldg. 63, 2F O O O O 09:00 - 18:00 Closed Closed
    College of Law Bldg. 15, 3F O O O X 09:00 - 18:00 Closed Closed
    Dongwon Cafeteria Bldg. 113, 1F O O O O 09:00 - 18:00 Closed Closed
    College of Social Sciences Bldg. 16, 2F Lounge O O O O 09:00 - 18:00 Closed Closed
    College of Education Bldg. 12, 1F O O O O 09:00 - 18:00 Closed Closed

    Self-service stands are also available at the College of Business Administration (Bldg. 58, 1F ), College of Business Administration (Bldg. 59 ), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Computer Lab (Bldg. 200 ) and Language Education Institute Computer Lab (Bldg. 137 ).

    Fax
    To send a fax, please visit the Post Office inside campus. In case of emergencies, you can politely ask the officers at the Department Office or other Administration Offices (Office of Admissions or the Registrar) to send a fax. Most departments are equipped with a fax machines.

    Bookstore

    A bookstore is located at the Student Center where students can go to conveniently purchase books they need for courses.

    • Location : Bldg 63, 2F
    • Contact : +82-2-880-8581
    • Operation Hours
      Weekdays (semester) 08:30~19:30
      (vacation) 08:30~19:00
      Saturday 10:00~17:00
      Sundays and holidays Closed

    Faculty of Liberal Education

    Faculty of Liberal Education provides a diverse range of educational services for students free of charge. If you have worries about your studies or want to get some help for a successful university life, try out the various learning support programs. Also, if you want to increase your writing skills key to a successful university life, the one-to-one writing guidance and writing workshop held by the writing class are recommended. In addition, excellent courses on campus are developed as online contents, and are operated through SNUON in eTL, Korean-Massive Open Online Course (K-MOOC) supported by the Ministry of Education and edX, a co-founder of MIT and Harvard.

    Learning Support Program

    The Learn How to Learn Series for Undergraduates

    Am I doing well in university? Am I living the university life that I looked forward to so much? If there are some aspects that are seemingly a bit lacking, consider the CTL learning support education program. Various education programs are available including learning strategies (time management, English lecture strategies, quantitative research methodologies), communication methods (presentation, discussion) and IT capacity strengthening workshops (PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, SPSS, R, Python).

    Academic Counseling

    When learning efficiency or concentration is falling, when you feel anxious or academic-related difficulties due to unable to find your motivation, please use the CTL Academic Counseling Program. Academic counseling experts can help you think about your academic difficulties and find solutions in a variety of ways, including one-on-one academic counseling and group study coaching. The content of the consultation is kept strictly confidential.

    • Participation application: https://ctl.snu.ac.kr → Learning support → Academic counseling reservation / Bldg. 61 Rm. 315
    • Contact: Academic counseling room +82-2-880-4027

    Writing Program

    One-to-One Writing Guidance

    When you are so stuck that you can’t even begin writing that assigned report, when you have difficulty in the writing process and when you want to find out the problems with your own writing even after writing, you can receive one-to-one writing consultation. You can receive consultation by reserving for a specific teacher and time, by email and same day visiting consultations when you are still at the idea stage. Consultations are available throughout the semesters and vacations. There is also a clinic program where you can get multiple step by step consultation by a tutor, so visit the writing class at any time if you want to improve your writing skills.

    Writing Related Workshop and Special Lectures

    There are various writing workshops and special lectures for undergraduate and international students. Hands-on writing workshops for various types of writing are available including reports of each field, book reviews and statement of purpose as well as special lectures on citations in relation to writing ethics. You can check the schedule in the CTL homepage and apply for a lecture or workshop. Special author lectures are also held once a year where prominent authors both within and outside the school are invited to speak on the attitude and methods toward writing and reading. Workshops and special lectures are open to everyone in the school so make sure you do not miss out.

    Excellent Report Contest

    If you have a report that you write for a class that you are proud of, participate in the Excellent Report Contest organized by the writing center. This contest is held every semester by the writing class and all reports written for major and general education courses are welcome. 1 grand prize, 3 excellence prizes and 5 encouragement prizes are given with a total of 5,900,000 KRW as prize reward. Applications for the contest are taken in June and December after the end of each semester.

    Seoul National University MOOC (online open course)

    SNUON

    http:etl.snu.ac.kr/local/ubonline/index.php

    • Developing excellent courses of the school as online contents and courses in the form of videos and opening them to members of the school and the public
    • Using SNUON in eTL for classes, self-study and distance learning for students on military leave
    • Offering various classes on humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, arts·physical education, teaching methods, etc.
    K-MOOC/edx

    https://www.kmooc.kr/shool/SNUk / https://www.edx.org/school/snux

    • Developing online courses by professors representing Seoul National University
    • Operating through K-MOOC (Korean-Massive Open Online Course) by the Ministry of Education and edX, a co-founder of MIT and Harvard for all citizens and people around the world
    Seoul National University Office of International Affairs, CJ
    International Center(Bldg, #152), Seoul National University, 1
    Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826 Republic of Korea

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