Originally named Library of Tianmu Forestry College, the Library of ZAFU was founded in 1958. It changed to Library of Zhejiang Agricultural University in February of 1966 when the College was merged with Zhejiang Agricultural University. In 1962 when the College was separated from the University, the Library returned to its original name and changed to its present name in September of 1966. In 1970 when the College remerged with the Agricultural University, the library used the name of Library of the Department of Forestry, Zhejiang Agricultural University and Library of Tianmu Branch College, Zhejiang Agricultural University in April, 1978. In December of 1978 when separated from the Agricultural University, the Library was named Library of Zhejiang Forestry University, under the direct leadership of the University. With the efforts of generations of librarians for more than 40 years, great progress has been made in library infrastructure, facilities, reader service, staff quality and academic research.

The Library of ZAFU covers Yijing Library and East Lake Library. Yijing Library, established and put into operation in 2002, is a five-story building characterized by open flat and collection-cum-reading in one. Good in ventilation and sunlight acceptance, the Yinjing Library covers an area of 7008 m2 and accommodates 906 seats. The East Lake Library is under construction, which is estimated to be put into operation in October of 2003 and have an area of 22800 m2. At present the East Lake Library is temporarily located in the teaching building on the East Lake campus, with an area of 1170 m2. With the area of reference rooms of different departments added, the Library has a total area of nearly 9000 m2 and a collection of more than 708,200 books and more than 1670 kinds of magazines and journals published in Chinese and foreign languages. In book-collecting activities much attention has been paid to reference books of various specialties. As a result, a collection system characterized by agro-forestry plus science, engineering and arts is formed, so that teaching and research requirements can be well met.

So far the Library has five sections, namely procurement, circulation, periodicals, consultation and office. Altogether 35 staff members, out of whom 5 have high-grade professional titles and 6 middle-grade titles, 25 have received higher professional education, and some others have a doctoral, master or bachelor degree. What the librarians have studied is concerned with a number of disciplines and specialties, which could meet the requirement of a university library for librarians. In order to have the Library adapted to the construction of a digital library, the Library established a computer management system in 1993, which was first used in the procurement, cataloguing, circulation, reference search, statistics, etc. In 1998, the computer management system was connected to the Cernet, thereafter to the Internet and upgraded. In 1999, a computer-managed system for periodicals was completed and all of them published in Chinese were managed through the computer system in 2000.

In May of 2002, the website of the Library ( was established and the management system was upgraded again. With the introduction of e-books and a database for full-length academic papers, the Library has changed from automatic management to the stage of work net and digitization. The Library has bought e-reading materials and some mega databases, the latter of which have been connected with the University’s web, serving teachers, students and scientific research. Starting from the homepage of the Library, readers can access to the digital resources of the Library and various other resources on the Internet, and search for repertory catalogue and loan service as well. In addition, readers can do such things on the Internet as renewal, reserving, and browsing 400,000 e-books and 10,000 domestically published as well as more than 400 e-magazines or e-journals published in foreign languages. On the website of the Library, a number of databases are linked, including full-length patent databases at home and abroad, such as Nature, Science and some other forestry related websites. Besides offering routine services, the Library also offers such services as reference retrieval and delivery, and searching for forthcoming research results in the database. All in all, the Library is marching toward the target of an automatic, web connected and digitized library, which will have a high level, own its own characteristics, and put service and research into one.

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