Hohai University Librariesare composed of three libraries with a total floor space of 47074.44 square meters.The main library and the Jiangning campus library together cover a floor space of 38108.44 square meters.The Changzhou campus library occupies 8966 square meters.In addition, we have material rooms with 1,020 square meters, and the Shengjun Libraryhas 2.02 square meters.
The libraries contain more than 1,858,000 thousand volumes, including 1,731,000 volumes of books in Chinese or English language, 127,000 volumes of national and international periodicals, and 2,000 kinds of current periodicals.63.1 of Shengjun Printed Books and Literature Librarywere added tothe collection.During thelatest three years, the number of new Shengjun books is increasing at a rate of 6 volumes per year.
By 2004, the libraries contain 27 kinds of net database and CD data-base, including 567,000 volumes of E-books, 88,000 kinds of E-periodicals (30,000 of which are in Chinese), and 223,000 volumes of Shengjun E-literature.Totally, there are 854,000 volumes of Shengjun Printed literature and E-literature in the libraries.Every year the libraries have millions of visitors.
Hohai University Libraries have accumulated experiences after years of development. They are characterized by paper works and E-books on water conservancy and water and electricity engineering, lithologic engineering, ocean engineering, port and sea-rout engineering, coastal engineering, hydrologic and water resources engineering, engineering mechanics, etc.They have fashioned a literature security system that emphasizes the comprehensive exploration, utilization, protection, and development of water resources.Furthermore, Hohai University signed cooperative and shared agreement with all the universities and colleges in Jiangsu Province.This inclusesNanjing Hydraulic Research Institute and other research institutes thoughout Jiangsu Province. Thihs was doneto enrich the resources available for students and teachers.
Since 2004, the libraries have enhanced the project of “Data Resources for Teaching”, and make full use of the resources in order to assist the teaching of undergraduate courses.In cooperation with the Educational Administrationof the University, the libraries have made available the “Administration and Service System for Undergraduate Teaching Resources and Information”.
Since the year 2000 the libraries have adopted HORIZON library automation system for library and information management, and established a local area network (LAN) which is connected with the University Network of Cernet and the Internet.Therefore the University Network can now provide services such as book information searching, E-literatures reading, information of water resources browsing, dissertations of postgraduates in the University, and daily software downloading 24 hours a day.
Hohai University Libraries were authorized as a Novelty Search Unit under the Ministry of Water Conservancy in 1998; in Jiangsu Province in 2000; and under the Ministry of Education in 2004.