SMU Library


Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) Library was originated at the Shipping major's library room of the Shanghai Industrial College of the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs in 1909, which was found by Tang Wenzhi in the Qing Dynasty. After several changes, the flourishing age is coming. In 2007, SMU library removed to Shanghai Lingang New City.

Up to the end of 2015, the Library holds under its roof a collection of more than 1.25 million books, 2,117 kinds of domestic and foreign newspapers and periodicals, 21 Reading rooms and 3,300 Reading Seats. Also to the satisfaction of readers is the massive acquisition of digital resources from the library and abroad, amounting to 360 retrieve computers, 51 digital resource platforms, 162 databases and 3 particular self-built databases.

Furthermore, the Library currently also hosts the following organizations: SMU library establishes Shanghai international Maritime information center (SIMIC), Sci-tech novelty retrieval workstation of the China Education Ministry (G12), logistics intelligence institute, and becomes the virtual reference service member library of CALIS and the member library of CASHL.


With the new library building and the network technology made possible by modern technology, the reading environment has been further improved. More space has proved fruitful in the number of collected literature, in the largeness of the open areas, and in reading seats, etc. SMU library also provides circulation, book spaces, digital library portal, resource retrieval, information service and research reference, interlibrary loan and document delivery, user training, academic books on reserve, and multimedia services, etc.


"Humanity, Cooperation, Research, Development" is the guideline of SMU library. The Library's mission is to provide the SMU community with access to rich and relevant information resources to support their research, teaching and learning activities, and to back up the University's effort to rank among the world's best universities in the future.