The University has a serial collection of approximately 10,000 titles in its four campus libraries. These serial materials are available on print, microform and CD-ROM formats.
In the Hamzah Sendut Library, there are approximately 1,263 subscribed title and it receives another 2500 titles as gifts.
Each periodical subscribed must be approved by the University's Library Committee. Due to the high cost of subscriptions and annual increase in prices, a cancel-to-replace policy has been followed since the early 1980s.
The Library actively searches for serials available on exchange and as gifts to enhance its collection.
All serials added to the collection are catalogued and classified using AACR2 and the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. Catalogued serials are displayed/shelved at Hamzah Sendut Library 2. Holdings of each serial and the location of the volumes can be searched from the Library catalogue (KRISALIS).
Issues for the current year/volume of each serial received are displayed in classification order in the Current Serials Area (Level 1) at Hamzah Sendut Library 2.
A special display rack houses the most currently-received issue of several popular and in-great-demand periodicals. Previous issues of these popular serials would have been withdrawn and are kept in the Serials and Documents division Workroom.
Malaysian periodicals especially those received as gifts are kept in the Malaysiana and Archives Division in Hamzah Sendut Library where they available for reference only.
Unbound Back issues
Within the Serials and Documents Division Workroom are kept also unbound back issues and volumes for previous years of all serials. The Library catalogue (KRISALIS) will indicate whether a volume is in the process of binding. All unbound issues kept within the Serials and Documents Division Workroom as well as those in the process of being bound (i.e. sent to the Bindery) are available for reference on request.
Bound and complete volumes of periodicals are shelved on Levels 2 and 3 of the Hamzah Sendut Library 2. Back volumes on microform format can be referred at Level 2, Malaysiana and Archives Division in Hamzah Sendut Library. The Library Catalogue will indicate the location and reference number of such titles/volumes.
Serials on CD-ROM
Serials on CD-ROM which are mainly abstracts and indexes, are available for searching in the Reference Division.
The Hamzah Sendut Library subscribes to 8 local newspapers. Besides these, it receives 3 Malaysian newspapers as gifts (note *). The titles are:
- Berita Harian & Berita Minggu
- Borneo Post *
- Nanyang Siang Pau
- New Straits Times
- Overseas Chinese Daily News *
- See Hua Daily News *
- Tamil Nesan
- Utusan Malaysia & Mingguan Malaysia
For further information, please kindly contact:
Assistant Chief Librarian / Head, Serials & Documents Division
Tuan Sira Zawana Tuan Yaakub
Senior Librarian, Serials & Documents Division
Nor Azliza Ayob
Assistant Librarian, Serial & Documents Division