Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – The library of The National University of Mongolia (NUM) decided to provide a 24-hour reading room with full services at the request of the university’s students and graduates.
The library, the second-largest in the country, contained more than 400,000 printed books. The six state-owned universities are open weekdays to students and ordinary citizens from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm with limited services.
However, the 24-hour reading room is restricted to the university’s students only according to the university’s regulation that will be implemented by 2022 end.
The Library of the National University of Mongolia has adopted ISO 900:2015 international standards in the field of culture for the first time.
Ch. Munkhzul, a librarian, hailed the idea, saying the reading rooms can be a great help in structuring the students’ time effectively.
Molor, a second-year student at the National University of Mongolia, said the room provides students with the right ambiance to concentrate and focus on studies, mainly during exams.
The director of the library, G.Tseren, said his university is the first to test a 24-hour library service in Mongolia before the pandemic was reported.
However, the library started its activities in connection with the 80th anniversary of the National University of Mongolia, with a goal of serving up to 100 people in the first place, according to the director.
“Six state-owned schools have partnered with special days to serve students at those schools. However, only NUM students are open to the 24-hour activities,” said Teren.