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KU library, one of the largest academic libraries in South Korea, contains more than 2.7 million books. There are four main university libraries; Main Library, Graduate School Library, Centennial Digital Library, and Science Library. There are also Law Library, Sudang Digital Library, ARI East Asian Library, Foreign Research Information Center, and Medical Library.

Semester 1 (Spring)
Libraries Sections Mon-Fri Sat
Main Library Information Center
Reference Room
Language & Literature Collections
Social Science Collections
Humanities/Natural Science Collections
09:00~22:00 09:00~15:00
Asiatic Research Center Library 09:00~17:30 closed
Graduate School Library Loan Office
Special Collections
09:00~17:30 closed
Centennial Digital Library UN document Repository / European Document Center
Multimedia Room
09:00~22:00 09:00~15:00
Multimedia Production Lab 09:00~17:30 closed
Law Library Law Library 09:00~22:00 09:00~15:00
Science Library General Collection
Serials Room
Reference Room
09:00~22:00 09:00~15:00
Multimedia Room
Browsing Room
09:00~17:30 closed
Medical Library General Collection
Serials Room
Electronic Information Room
08:30~19:30 closed
General Reading Rooms 06:00~23:00
24-hour Reading Rooms 00:00~24:00

Borrowing books

Library website helps you not only to search books, but also to reserve the books so that you can pick it up afterwards.

http://library.korea.ac.kr/
After clicking the book title, you can borrow the book or reserve to pick-up. You will receive notice via e-mail when the book has arrived.

[B] (Simple Loan Service) Icon means you can reserve the book and pick it up from the machine
(* Please check ‘how to use the Library machine’ for details)

[Available for Reserve] means you can reserve for the book that is already borrowed by other person and get informed when the person before you has returned the book. You will be on the waiting list. You need to pick up the book within 3 days of the notice, or your reservation will be canceled.

[C] (Branch Loan) Icon means that the book is located at other campus so you can reserve it and pick it up at the library building you prefer.

Returning books

Students must return the books that they have borrowed within 15 days from the borrowed date. Books must be renewed through the library website prior to the due date. International students must return all the books 30 days before leaving KU. If one has any non-returned books, the official transcript will not be sent after the semester ends.

http://library.korea.ac.kr/
> Login > Click ‘User Service’ > Loan/Renewal > Select the book you want to extend the return date

*However, if someone has requested ‘Reserve( Waiting List)’ you cannot extend the date.

Korea University has three different types of library machines to make it easier for students to borrow and return the books. There are different types of machines on campus.

Automatic Return Machine

Semester 1 (Spring)
Automatic Return Machine Location How to use the machine
automatic return machine - Anam Campus

College of Liberal Arts
Uncho-Useon Hall
CJ Law building
Hyundai Motor Business building
College of Political Science & Economics Building
Woodang hall

1. Scan your KU ID card
2. Place the book deeply inside
(one book at a time)

3. Print the confirmation after returning
the books

- Science Campus

Woo-Jung Information & Communication Building
Life Science & Biotechnology East Building
College of Science Asan Hall
Innovation Building

You can use the Automatic Return Machine located in department buildings without visiting the Library. (24 hours available)

Smart borrow/return Machine (Simple Loan Service)

You can use Smart borrow/return machine to pick-up your reserved books and also return the books.
Reserve the book on the website and then pick-up your book from the machine afterwards.

[How to make a reservation for the smart borrow/return machine]

Visit the website > Search the books you want to borrow > Click the book title > See if the book list has a B icon (Simple Loan Service) > click the location you prefer

Semester 1 (Spring)
Korean English
중앙도서관(1층)/스마트대출반납기 Main Library (1st floor)
백주년기념관(지하)/스마트대출반납기 Centennial Memorial Samsung Hall (Basement)
하나스퀘어(지하)/스마트대출반납기 Hana Square (Basement)
의학도서관(1층)/스마트대출반납기 Medical Library(1st floor)

You will receive an-email or text message (if you added your Korea mobile number on kupid website) when the book has arrived. You must take the book within 3 days of the notice.

Semester 1 (Spring)
Smart borrow/return Machine
(Simple Loan Service)
Location How to use the machine
Smart borrow/return Machine Main Library Lobby
Centennial Memorial Samsung Hall
Science Library
Medical Library

* How to pick-up your
books after it has arrived
1. Select ‘English’ on the screen 2. Select ‘Borrow’/’Loan’ 3. Scan your KU ID card 4. Check the reserved book title and click ‘next’

* How to return the books 1. Select ‘English’ 2. Select ‘Return’ 3. Scan your KU ID card 4. Place the book deeply inside (one book at a time)

Self Borrow-Return Machine (Self-issue machine)

Semester 1 (Spring)
Self Borrow-Return Machine
(Self-issue machine)
Location How to use the machine
borrowBook images Main Library
Science Library
Haesong Law Library

* How to borrow the books 1. Select ‘English’ 2. Select ‘Borrow’ 3. Scan your KU ID card 4. Place the books on the book barcode area

* How to return the books 1. Select ‘English’ 2. Select ‘Return’ 3. Scan your KU ID card 4. Place the books on the book barcode area