Have you ever been to YU’s Central Library? Of course, there is no one who has been never been to the Central Library during school-time. Students frequently visit the Central Library in order to read and borrow books and to prepare for exams. Nevertheless, the places that students are allowed to use are limited. Students can only access the first floor to the fourth floor, even though the library has 21 floors. The rest of the library is off limits to students. Most students donʼt know what’s in the upper part of the library, and they are curious about it. To appease the studentsʼ curiosity, The Observer delved into the secrets of the Central Library.
The upper floors
First, from the 12th floor to the 20th floor, there are various research laboratories, according to Kwon Young-chan, the manager of the Digital Library Management & Service Department. He added that the institutes aren’t actually part of the library, but rather he explained the story of how the institutes came to be in the library building. In the past, those floors were provided to professors to use as office space. Each separate college had a space to use after the building was extended. But, the professor offices moved to the individual colleges, and the floors became empty. That empty space was soon filled by research institutes, and it has continued that way to now.
Each floor consists of up to five laboratories. Starting from the top, the Saemaul Undong Institute is on the 20th floor. A few years ago, the 20th floor had a café but it closed due to its failing business. The Institute for International Development Cooperation(IIDC) is on the 19th floor and the 14th floor. There’s a rumor among students that the 14th floor has empty space. However, we determined that rumor to be false as the IIDC houses offices on the 14th floor. The Institute of Korean Culture is on the 18th floor, and the National Unification Research Institute is on the 17th. The Institute of Humanities is on the 16th floor, and the Institute of Social Science is located just downstairs. The Dokdo Institute is on the 13th floor. The 12th floor used to be the Center for Teaching and Learning. The CTL had been located separately in three locations: the library, headquarters and the General Lecturer Hall. But the center has now been fully integrated into the General Lecturer Hall since 2017 and is no longer in the library.
The ancient book library
On the 5th floor, there is an ancient book library. The Central Library of Yeungnam University houses 82,000 ancient books and 15,000 ancient documents. Among the rows of shelves, there are 1,694 books of 773 types, many of which are state-designated cultural relics. Also, there are 32 personal documents in the ancient book library.
Personal documents were set up to honor the person who donated the ancient texts. There is the ‘Mun-Pa library’ donated by the Rich Man Choe in Gyeongju. And there is the ‘Il-Yeo library’ that houses rare data from Korea under Japanese rule and Korean independence movement data.
All materials – such as ancient books, ancient documents, general books and rare books designated by libraries – are available in the ancient book library on the 5th floor of the Central Library. People who want to use these materials must contact the office of the ancient book library by calling 810-1680 or visiting the office of the ancient book library, which is also located on the 5th floor.
During the school year, it is available from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays and closed on weekends and holidays. During vacations, it is available from 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays and also closed on weekends and holidays. Reading ancient books and ancient documents may be limited according to the status of their preservation or edition. Also reading and copying personal documents may be limited in some cases, depending on their status of preservation.
The group study rooms
Now, we will introduce the group study room, which is located on the 4th floor. It can be accessed by everyone. The group study room is available after booking on the library website and obtaining approval at the loan desk. After you have been approved, you can get the key to the room. When you’re done using the study room, you must return the key to the loan desk and confirm the key has been returned with your student ID card.
To use a group study room, you need to follow these rules. First, you cannot proxy booking or proxy use. If you are caught, you will not be able to use the room 7x as many times as you were caught. Second, you cannot use the room for anything other than its intended purposes. Third, the facility cannot be damaged or disturbed arbitrarily. In case of damage to the facility, you will be charged damage fees. Fourth, you must not disturb the use of others by making excessive noise. Fifth, no food or drinks are allowed. Sixth, when leaving the room after use, the key must be returned to the loan desk and the door to the study room must locked for the next user. If the key is lost or damaged, a key replacement cost will be charged to the student responsible for booking the room. Seventh, to the extent necessary for management, you must cooperate with all library staff questions and present your identification card. Finally, in case of violation of the rules of use or violation of learning activities, you will be immediately kicked out.