NPU is located in Xi’an, the cradle of Chinese civilization, and starting point of the ancient Silk Road. NPU is classed as a key university in China’s 985 and 211 Projects.Originally founded as the State Northwest Polytechnic Institute in 1938, NPU has developed into an open and research-oriented University by bringing its founding spirit of inquiry and innovation into a wide-ranging curriculum that now includes the Humanities, Law, Management and Foreign Languages. And by incorporating three of China’s leading engineering schools, NPU has gained international recognition for its work in the fields of aeronautics, astronautics, and marine technology. Over more than 70 years NPU has built an outstanding academic reputation encapsulated in its motto of “Loyalty, Integrity, Courage and Perseverance”.
The library takes a total area of approximately 46,000 square meters consisting of an eastern and western part on Youyi campus as well as the library on the Chang’an campus. The new library on Chang’an campus was designed as a comprehensive research modern university library providing integrated services of collecting, lending, reading and studying. It has a capacity of 1,600,000 books and 4,000 reading seats.The library provides the readers with services such as information retrieval, scientific and technological consults, novelty searching, and appraisal. It keeps in regular contact with the international and domestic book and intelligence community, lends and borrows from each other and shares the documents in their original languages. Now there are 69 librarians, including 21 at or above an associate professor level, 30 with intermediate professional title. The library serves more than 4,000 faculty and over 30,000 students at the university. The NPU library is now undergoing a transition from a traditional library to a modern one. There is determination by the library staff to create more opportunities, provide a wider variety of services and strive for the goal to make the library a first-class one that will become internationally well-known.
Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU)
127# YouYi Xilu, Xi’an, 710072 Shaanxi, P.R. China