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Libraries and Learning Facilities


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.

Libraries of Each College

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

Social Sciences Library (Under construction until 2026. Temporary location on the 2nd floor, Central Library)

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 1st floor, +82-2-880-7915

Convergence Building Annex 6th floor, 103 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, +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

Fine Art Library

Bldg. 74 Arts Education & Research Building 2nd floor, +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 to 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 tap 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 through the app and do not have your seat assigned at the library kiosk 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 blocked for 10 times, your entry to libraries will be permanently blocked and there is no way to undo it. Therefore, please 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 as well, which do not have a reservation requirement.
  • Kwanjeong library has posted its seat assignment and return policy in English on its ground floor. 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 rooms
- Operating hours: 07:00 ~ 23:00
- Eligibility: 1, 2, 3A reading rooms are available for SNU students (enrolled, on leave) and alumni with a pass. 3B reading rooms are open to the public.

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


Archive Room

Check Out

To check out materials, first check the call sign of the material through the university library homepage, find the material on the bookshelves (3,4 floors of the central library main building) and process the material for automatic checkout using your student ID card (or ID card) at the following locations: Central Library 2nd floor Information Service Center and Automatic Checkout Machine, or 3rd and 4th floors' Automatic Checkout Machine at the entrance of 1~7 archive rooms.

Undergraduate students can check out a maximum of 15 books per person. Materials can be returned at 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, Sundays 13:00~17:00), or the 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 4th floor. Please note that some of the collections (such as books or materials printed before 1945) cannot be checked out. Others types of materials such as reference materials, periodicals, dissertations, maps, audio and visual materials (micro-forms included) can only be accessed inside the library. Please visit the website ( for a detailed library guide.


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 200 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 or credit card at the Circulation Desk or online 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 deposited upward in the box and only one book must be returned each time. You must ensure that the return is completely processed and check the 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 ₩200 per book per day (₩300 for reserved books) 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 ₩600 as it includes that of the first two days.
Overdue fines can be paid through the library website using the Online Payment Services, or by cash or credit card at the library.

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. Renewals begin from the day of the request. So, 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. 

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 (
  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 before the original address of the resource.

Google Scholar -
Bookmark or Direct Access –

- 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 security officer on the 1st floor. 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: convenience 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
Dure 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 300 (colored) KRW per A4 size page.

Name Location Services Hours (during the semester)
Copy Bookbinding Print Card Top-up Mondays to Fridays Saturdays Sundays, Holidays
Main Library Bldg. 62, 2F O O O O 09:00 - 18:00 Self-service Self-service
Student Center Bldg. 63, 2F O O O O 09:00 - 18:00 Self-service Self-service
School of Law Bldg. 15, 2F 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 O O O O Temporarily closed 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 and 59), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Computer Lab (Bldg. 200), and Language Education Institute Computer Lab (Bldg. 137).

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 fax machines.


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

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

CTL (Center for Teaching & Learning) in the Faculty of Liberal Education

CTL in the 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, the one-on-one writing guidance and writing workshops 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 co-founded by MIT and Harvard.

Learning Support Program

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 Faculty of Liberal Education's 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 have academic-related difficulties and unable to find your motivation, please use the 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.

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 Workshops

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 papers 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 Faculty of Liberal Education's 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 Paper Contest

If you have a paper that you wrote for a class that you are proud of, participate in the Excellent Paper Contest organized by the Writing center. This contest is held every semester, and all papers written for major courses 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 rewards. Applications for the contest are accepted in June and December, at the end of each semester.

Seoul National University MOOC (online open course)


  • Developing excellent SNU courses as online contents and courses in the form of videos. Open to members of the school and public
  • Using SNUON in eTL for classes, self-study, and distant 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 /

  • 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 co-founded by MIT and Harvard for all citizens and people around the world