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The SNU Library is one of the nation’s most prestigious libraries with a collection of 4.7 million volumes of books, more than 100,000 academic journals and e-journals, and over 200,000 of non-book materials. Since the completion of renovating the Kwanjeong Library in February 2015, the size of the SNU Library has reached the record scale of 57,747㎡. The SNU Library strives to fulfill the needs of today’s advanced and knowledgeable users by implementing an impeccable research information system and providing research support service. It also offers organized instructions on library use, in addition to collaborating with other libraries in sharing resources, playing the key role in a nationwide network of academic libraries.
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Library Services

Opening Hours

Room Hours
Mon~Fri Sat&Holidays Sun
Circulation Desk, Stacks, Serials, General Education Resources & Reference, Information Search Room 09:00~21:00 09:00~17:00 13:00~17:00
Other Areas of References 09:00~18:00 - -
Reading Rooms 06:00~23:00
(Reading Room 3A is open for 24 hours.)
Kwanjeong Multimedia Plaza 09:00~21:00 09:00~17:00 -
Computer Lab 09:00~21:00
Group Study Room 09:00~23:00
Reading Room
Carrel, Study Garden
Other facilities 09:00~18:00 - -

Access to the SNU Library

Users may use one of the ID cards listed below, recognizable by the Automated Entrance System to enter the library.

Automated Entrance System

  • Located at the main building 2F entrance of the main stack and the entrances of the Reading Rooms 1, 2, 3A, 3B
  • 1F entrance of Kwanjeong, 2F entrance facing the College of Humanities, entry way down from 3F facilities to 2F Kwanjeong, 3F entrance facing the College of Natural Sciences, 5F entrance of the rooftop garden

Issuing an ID card

SNU ID card : Issued by the Seoul National University
Library Membership Card : Apply Online
For the Public (Daily Pass) :
- Main building main stacks: Issued at the library main building 2F security desk upon submission of an ID card. (This pass does not grant access to the computer lab)
- Main building reading room: One day pass for reading room 3B can be issued at the security desk at the entrance of reading room 3A upon submission of an ID card
For SNU Alumni (Daily Pass) :
- Kwanjeong building reading room: Issued at the Kwanjeong building 1F information desk upon submission of an ID card

* S-Card, Mobile Pass, and Library Membership Card can be used to enter the 8 Branches of the SNU Library

Friends of the SNU Library

Ever since its inauguration on Gwanak Campus in 1974, the SNU Library has been the heart of the university by providing students and researchers with collective academic support. To fulfill its responsibilities as the university’s research center, the library launched a major fundraising campaign called the ‘Friends of the SNU Library,’ in March 2012, in hope of building a new facility with high-end technology that serves the needs of students and researchers. Thanks to the generous donation of 60 billion KRW from Kwanjeong Educational Foundation and participants of ‘The Friends of the SNU Library,’ Kwanjeong was completed on February 2015. Now, we are launching a new fund raising campaign to secure funds for the remodeling of the main building and we would appreciate any bit of help you can give. (Link to the Campaign Homepage)

Library Location and Contacts

SNU Library is located on the center of the Gwanak campus, and it is accessible from both the main entrance and the back gate. (Link to Directions)
Location: Seoul National University Library
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea Contact: 02-880-8001 /

Last updated in 2016