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 Access to NewsLink

NewsLink covers a wide range of archived newspapers under SPH group: The Straits Times (Including Digital Life, Mind Your Body, Urban, Little Red Dot and IN), The Straits Times Education Programme, The Sunday Times, The Business Times, The Business Times Weekend, The New Paper, The New Paper on Sunday, Tabla, Berita Harian (including Gen G/I-Cube), Berita Minggu (Malay), Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Zaobao Sunday, My Paper (Chinese and English), Shin Min Daily News, Lianhe Wanbao, Friday Weekly (Chinese), Thumbs Up (Chinese) & Thumbs Up Junior (Chinese).

The English archive goes back to July 1989 while the Chinese archive starts from January 1994. The archived news has a time delay in uploading of up to 3 calendar days.

You may access Newslink via the steps below. Newslink is available worldwide but you will have to login to the intranet to access the database.

Please note that access to NewsLink is strictly confined to ISEAS research staff. Please also note that concurrent excessive downloading/accessing of articles may cause our access to be temporarily suspended.
Step 1. To access Newslink you will need to login to the staff intranet. The intranet link is also available on the ISEAS homepage. You will need to request for your password to be sent to you if you have forgotten it.
Step 2. After logging into the intranet, hover over the Library label in the menu and click on the NewsLink hyperlink.
Step 3. Click on the "Access Newslink" button to open the database
Please contact the ISEAS Library at libcir@iseas.edu.sg if you encounter any problems accessing the database.

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Accessing and Visiting ISEAS Library

Is ISEAS Library open to the public?

Yes, since 2013 the Library is open to the public who are interested in the studies of Southeast Asian region. There is no special permission required to access the library except a simple registration form to be filled up for the first time user. 

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Borrowing/ Loan Fees

Why does the Library needs to charge a refundable deposit of $200 for certain type of users?

For loan of books outside the Library, a refundable (subject to loan items returned without damages) security deposit of S$200 might be required according to the loan policy available at http://www.iseas.edu.sg/borrowing-privileges.cfm.    

This is to cover the cost of repairing or replacing the borrowed books should the borrower lose or damage them. It also acts as a financial reminder for the borrower to take proper care when using the books. 

What happens if the title I have borrowed is now lost or damaged?

Library members who fail to return the loaned titles or damage the loaned titles shall pay a replacement fee, which is based on the actual cost of replacing the lost item or damaged item plus a S$30 administrative fee (for technical processing which include labelling and RFID tagging, etc). Alternatively, the borrower may purchase the same item or a more recent edition to be given to the Library as a replacement and only pay the S$30 administrative fee.

The Library reserves the rights to withdraw membership of users who misplace or damage loaned titles without proper accounting for such losses.   

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Building Your Own Booklist in SEALion

To be able to refer to some library titles frequently, building your own booklist in SEALion makes this task easier and faster. 

Steps 1. Go to the online catalogue SEALion. Login to iLink (library user account) at the top right of the screen.

Steps 2. Click on “Permanent Lists” to create your own list. In the New List box, type the name you want to assign to the new list, and click Add List.

Steps 3. Start a search to find titles.

Steps 4. Click +My List for the items to include in the list.  Marked items can be unmarked by clicking -My List.

Steps 5. When you are done with the final title, click Permanent Lists.

Steps 6. You can remove some of the items in your booklist by selecting the check box by the titles to be removed and clicking Remove Checked Titles. To clear the list, click Remove All Titles.

Steps 7. You can choose the AllBrief, or Full View of Records to specify the level of detail to display for each record in the list.

Steps 8. From the permanent list page, you can choose to view the list online, print the list, or e-mail the list to an address you specify.

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Library Membership 

Is there any payable membership/annual fee?


I am from a private company, if I wish to make use of the facilities at the library, how much is the annual membership fee?

Effective from June 2014, corporate users no longer need to pay an annual/monthly/weekly subscription fee to access ISEAS Library and consult its reference materials on site. Upon completing registration, the user can proceed to browse the Library collections on open shelves.

 How do I apply for the membership?

A first time user is required to fill up a simple registration form, which is available for download from the library webpage. Alternatively, a copy of the registration form can be requested at the library service counter. First time users will need to bring along one of the following items below for completion of their registration.

-Student card
-Staff Pass

Operating Hours 

Will the Library be closed during lunch hour?


ISEAS Library is open from 8.30am to 5.45pm on Mondays to Thursdays and from 8.30am to 5.15pm on Fridays. Please refer to http://www.iseas.edu.sg/opening-hours-public-holidays.cfm for a list of public holidays in which ISEAS Library will be closed. 

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Payment by Nets/Credit Cards

Why does the Library not accept payment by Nets/Credit Cards?

We do not have the facility to process credit card payments due to the low volume of Nets/Credit Card transactions and the need to pay a usage fee to the bank.

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Photocopying of Library Materials

Library users are allowed to photocopy published materials found in ISEAS Library in accordance with the Singapore Copyright Act. For unpublished materials, such as private papers, conference documents and academic papers/thesis, the citation and copying of such materials  (including digital scanning and capturing) is subject to the respective deposit agreements.

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Redirecting Info Alerts from Junk Mail to Inbox

The info alert issues provided by ISEAS Library are currently collated and delivered using a 3rd party software known as Constant Contact via their email platform. As your email provider may not recognise this email, the Info Alert may have been automatically redirected to your junk mail folder. To address the issue and to reduce such occurrences, you could follow the steps outlined below:

Outlook (formerly Hotmail)
Outlook 2003, 2007 and Express
Outlook 2010 and 2013 (ISEAS email)

Step1. Select the Contacts option from the drop down menu on the left.
Step 2. Select the create contact option that is represented by a person and plus icon.
Step 3. Key in @constantcontact.com into the pop-up window and click Add.
Step 4. Repeat step 4 for @iseas-edu.ccsend.com

Step 1. Select the settings Email|Junk email from the bottom left corner.
Step 2. From the Email settings screen, select Junk E-mail Guard.
Step 3. Key in @constantcontact.com and click Add.
Step 4. Repeat step 3 for @iseas-edu.ccsend.com

Outlook (Formerly Hotmail)
Step 1. Select the rotating wheel icon followed by Options.
Step 2. Under Preventing Junk Mail, select Saved and blocked senders.
Step 3. Select Safe senders.
Step 4. Key in @constantcontact.com and click Add to list.
Step 5. Repeat step 4 for @iseas-edu.ccsend.com

Outlook 2003, 2007 and Express
Step 1. Open any Info Alert email sent from Constant Contact.
Step 2. In the toolbar options at the top, click Safe Lists.
Step 3. Select Add Sender’s Domain and key in @constantcontact.com to the Safe Senders List.
Step 4. Click OK.
Step 5. Repeat steps 3-4 for @iseas-edu.ccsend.com

Outlook and 2010 and 2013 (ISEAS email is using this edition)|
Step 1. Select the Home option followed by Junk.
Step 2. Select Junk email options followed by Safe senders.
Step 3. Click Add, key in @constantcontact.com and click OK.
Step 4. Repeat step 4 for @iseas-edu.ccsend.com

Step 1. Click the address book icon and select New Contact.
Step 2. Key in @constantcontact.com and click Save.
Step 3. Repeat steps 1-2 for @iseas-edu.ccsend.com

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 Renewal of Loans

Renewal of loans can now be made online at the comfort of your own home or office, 24 hours a day via the SEALion (Southeast Asian Library Integrated Online) Catalogue.

To renew your loans, please follow the following steps:

Step 1. Go to My Account.

Step 2. Click on Renew my materials.

Step 3. Enter your User ID and PIN and click List Charged Items.

Step 4. You may choose items to renew by selecting the book(s) using the checkbox(es) or use the Renew all option to renew all books (see circled in red) and click Renew Selected Items.
Please contact the ISEAS Library at libcir@iseas.edu.sg if you encounter any problems accessing the database.

Use of Library Facilities 

  • Food and Drinks

There are water dispenser for users on each floor of the Library. Food and soft drinks are not permitted in the reading area of the Library as any accidental spillage could attract insects, including ants, that may harm the collections.

  • Handling original documents/photographs in the Library

The Library seeks users’ cooperation to wear lint-free cotton or latex gloves when handling original documents (including private papers) and photographs/colour slides. This is to prevent fingerprints, body oil from fingers, nail polish, residual chemicals from hand cream, sweat, etc from being transferred onto the materials while handling them with one's bare hands. Paper-based materials are sensitive to such materials as these materials can cause physical deterioration to the fabric structure and inks on the paper. Although these contaminants may not be visible on paper, their presence could be illustrated by the photograph below taken on an iPad.