A New Semester – A Warm Welcome!

Semester 2 of the 2012/2013 academic session for UM will commence on 18 February 2013.

The academic calendar for the coming semester is as follows:-

Lectures 7 weeks 18 February 2013 to 5 April 2013
Semester Break 1 week 6 April 2013 to 14 April 2013
Lectures 7 weeks 15 April 2013 to 31 May 2013
Revision 1 week 1 June 2013 to 9 June 2013
Examinations 3 weeks 10 June 2013 to 28 June 2013

Semester 2 will be followed by a 9-week break or an 8-week Special Semester. A warm welcome to returning students from all of us here at the UM Library.

Dr Nor Edzan Che Nasir
Chief Librarian
UM Library
15 February 2013


During the 2009/2010 Academic Session, we received a fair number of comments aka complaints on the amount of noise generated by our users within our Reading Halls. By then we were well aware that different pockets of users use the Library for different reasons – some require total silence whilst others need to hold open discussions. Continue reading

Complete Suspension of Access to Science Direct

Wed 17-Dec-08; Access to UM’s ScienceDirect has been resumed. Thank you for your patience whilst we were resolving this.

We regret to inform all users that access to the Science Direct database has been suspended completely by the publisher since 17 November 2008 due to non-payment of their 2008 subscription. As has been informed earlier, the subscription and renewal of all electronic journals have to adhere to the full acquisition procedures instituted by the Ministry of Finance. Different categories of subscription prices (i.e. ≥ RM20K, ≥ RM50K, ≥ RM200K, ≥ RM500K) have to conform to relative levels of the procedure and in this instance, Science Direct costs us more than RM1.5 million for a 12-month subscription. In line with the acquisition procedures, we have to go through several entities for approval and up until today, we are still awaiting approval for payment from the Ministry.

Prof Madya Dr Nor Edzan Che Nasir
Chief Librarian
E-mel: ketua_pustakawan@um.edu.my