FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q:Why are minors not permitted to enter the center?

A:Entry of ages above 18 can be allowed according to NTU Library rules. Except they apply guided tour in accordance with the “Providing Guided Tours for High School Students” rules of “National Taiwan University Library Reader Usage Policy,” which pointing that for helping high school students to understand the available resources and services in the library, high school students can visit the facility if accompanied by a teacher.

Q:Why can materials only be used in the center?

A:Our center is a special library with unique collections. In order to preserve the integrity of collections and avoid the lost of items, access to materials is restricted within the center.

Q:How to apply for library cards?

A:Those who enter the library have to be at least 18 years old, required to fill in the relevant forms and exchange their valid identity documents (including photo ID) with our library cards.

Q:Do we offer Internet Services?

A:The center provides wired and wireless internet services for faculty members, alumni and guests. All guests should fill out a form first, then they will get a set of account and password for online surfing; cables borrowing have to follow the registration procession as well.

Q:How to make photocopies in the center?

A:Two self-service photography copy machines are available near the search areas and reading areas. Users can buy a copy card at Copy Center located on floor B1.Card fee as following : NT$299 for 350 copies , NT$199 for 200 copies , NT$100 for 77 copies.

Q: Is self-study allowed inside the center?

A:The reading seats in the center are mainly reserved for readers using the center’s collections, browsing and checking information. NTU library self-study rooms are available for visitors who want to study.

Q:Can you take pictures inside the center?

A:If it is necessary for you to take pictures outside guided tour periods, you should consult with the staff at the information desk first. They will ask you to fill out a permission form stating the proposed purpose, time and photo-taking range.

Q:How to use the multi-media audio-visual materials?

A:Multimedia materials are available from the multi-media audiovisual cabinet. Popular films are displayed in the search areas. Users should first apply at the information desk with their library card, after finishing the registration; you can enjoy the movies or music back to the audiovisual cabinet.

Q:Can personal computers (laptops) be used to view the center’s multimedia materials? Can the audio-visual equipment inside the center be used to watch home edition audio-visual materials borrowed from the NTU Library?

A:Multimedia materials can only be viewed by the hardware equipment providing in the ”Multimedia Audio-Visual Area.” Likewise, hardware equipment in the “Multimedia Audio-Visual Area” can only be used to access the center’s multimedia collections.

Q:How to use the interactive CD-ROM?

A:The center’s multimedia area provides spaces for individual access to multimedia items. Media viewing equipment is provided along with computer systems that run the interactive CD-ROM.

Q:Does the center maintain a list/catalogue of its entire collection?

A:The center provides a monthly list of new arrivals, available at the information desk for convenience. In addition, the Center also provides online search and browsing functions for these new acquisitions, which can be accessed from the homepage of the center’s website.

Q:How to search the collections?

A:The center has search areas for users to look up library collections. Users can also use the center’s website to locate collections within the center and the NTU library as well. Any problem about the collections searching is welcome to contact with the staff at the information desk.

Q:How to search the journals and theses database and other databases?

A:There are 3 electronic databases in the center : (1) Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Study Resources (2) Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples Learning Database (3) Sabin Americana, all are IP controlled, which means only an IP within the center’s internet domain can gain access to the databases. External connections from the NTU library site can also be used to enter.

Q:Can all indigenous collections found in the NTU Library also be found in the center?

A:Nearly all indigenous collections in NTU library can also be found within the center. Except for a few very old materials are no longer held by the center, most of them can be found in the NTU Library, by doing that readers are encouraged to use the center’s library card to browse the information they need in the NTU Library.

Q:Can books that are still in cataloging be borrowed? If an item is listed as in cataloging, when can users access it?

A:If you have urgently needs to access items listed as “in cataloging,” you can submit a “Request for urgent cataloging.” The cataloging procession should take two weeks.

Q:Are materials from the Japanese Colonial Period available inside the center?

A:Books that are very old can be fragile and easily-damaged, so they are stored in a cabinet behind the information desk. You can consult with the staff at the information desk in order to have access these items.

Q:Can I make book donations to indigenous tribes through the Center?

The center accepts book donations from people around the world. These books are sorted, listed and screened to see if there are already copies in the center or are deemed irrelevant. In these instances the center will transfer them to the “Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples Interlibrary Consortium”. This consortium is a specialized unit that integrates the center’s indigenous information with one of the interlibrary unions of the indigenous peoples rural libraries. The founding objectives of the organization are to promote interactions and resource exchanges of information on indigenous peoples, and dedicates it’s energies to expanding the collection of indigenous information.

Q:How are the “Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples Portal” and the “Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples Resource Center” related?

A:Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples Resource Center collects physical information including Chinese and Western indigenous publications such as these and dissertations, gray literature and video, etc. in order to meet the demands of digital ages, the “Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples Portal” have been set up by the center to provide online information such as “Subject News”, “Events, “Classified Catalogs”, “Research Resources”, “Introduction to ethnic groups” and “Services”. The website also provides a feedback service,where users can recommend books and information, experts, organizations and activities etc.

Q:How to get to the center?

A:While entering the NTU main gate, the road you see is so called “Boulavard.” Going straight down the road, the first building you will see is NTU Library.  Facing the library, there is a staircase on the left side, descending down the staircase, you will find out the center. There are three ways to get to the center:
  1. MRT →(Danshui-Xindian line) and get off at Gongguan Station exit no. 2 or.3 to reach NTU campus.
  2. Car: You can drive your car onto the NTU campus but there is a parking fee of NT$30 for 30 minutes at the Main Campus car park. Xinsheng South Road car park is 20NT$ for every 30 minutes (Xinsheng South Road, NTU New Moon Pavilion) Google Map Navigation
  3. Bus:
    • Xinhai Road: (bus stop: NTU Information Building) Bus no.298 or 901
    • Xinsheng South Road:(bus stop: Civil Service Development Institute) Buses 0 South、0 South (express)、109、207、253、280、280(direct line)、284、284(straight line)、290、311(Yongfu)、505、52、642、642(green)、668、675、907、Songjiang Route、Dunhua Route
    • Intersection of Roosevelt Road and Xinsheng South Road : (bus stop: NTU) Buses 0 south、0 south (express)、109、280、280(direct line)、284、284(straight line)、290、311(Yongfu)、505、52、530、642、642(green)、668、671、675、907、Songjiang Route、Green 11
    • Roosevelt Road: Buses 109、671、254、284