Subsidiary Collection Development Policy: Environmental Studies

Subject Librarian Contact Information

James Wong, Subject Librarian
Telephone: 6601-3649


Collections support the Environmental Studies Major within the Division of Sciences.

Course offerings range from environmental policymaking, ecology and ecosystems, social theory and the environment, environmental humanities, biogeophysical systems, conservation biology, ecotopia, environmental governance, agrarian change and environmental transformation, China’s sustainability challenge: energy, climate and environment, environmental movements, climate science and policy, risk and geo-hazard, energy humanities, ecological economics, environmental conflict and collaboration, urban ecological systems, sustainable consumption, urbanisation and the environment, and powering the planet.[1]


The research carried out by Environmental Studies faculty covers sustainable consumption and production, social innovations for a low-growth world, design and implementation of undergraduate programmes in environmental studies, data science applied to environmental policy evaluation, climate change governance of non-state and subnational actors, urbanisation and climate change, big data in the context of sustainable development, risk and geo-hazards, food and the green economy, environmental humanities, climate fiction, empirical ecocriticism, ecotopianism, environmental activism, climate justice, sea level rise, signalling in ecological interactions, and the ecology of forest and trees in human-modified landscapes.


Description of Materials Collected

 The Library collects scholarly materials with consideration for interdisciplinary requirements in humanities and the natural and social sciences.

Only English-language materials are collected.

There are no limitations on geographic range.

The main period covered is from the 21st century to support current research and teaching activities. Other periods are considered on a case-by-case basis.

The range of call numbers under consideration is:

GB 5000-5030 Natural disasters
GE 25-35 Communication in environmental sciences
GE 40-42 Environmental humanities and ethics
GE 50-56 Environmental history
GE 70-90 Environmental education, study and teaching
GE 105 General works in environmental sciences
GE 123 Handbooks, manuals, etc.
GE 140-146 Environmental quality and degradation. Environmental disasters.
GE 149-160 Global environmental change
GE 170-199 Environmental policy
GE 195-199 Environmentalism, aka Green movement. Sustainable living.
GE 220-240 Environmental justice
GE 300-350 Environmental management
GF 51 Environmental influences on humans
GF 75 Human influences on the environment
GF 101-127 Settlements
HC 79 Environmental policy and economics. Sustainability.
HD 61 Natural hazards
HD 75.6 Environmental aspects of economic development
HD 9502-9502.5 Energy policy
RA 565-600 Environmental health aspects
TD 169-171.8 Environmental protection
TD 194-195 Environmental effects of industries and plants
TD 878-894 Pollution



Materials are primarily electronic. Print books are purchased when they are: requested by faculty, there is no electronic version, or the material includes images, graphs, tables, equations, etc. that are difficult to see in the electronic format. Audio-visual (AV) formats are also purchased and multimedia and datasets may be purchased.


Formats that are not collected:

  • Addresses, essays and lectures
  • Textbooks
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Ephemera
  • Study guides
  • Pamphlets.


Collecting Priorities

Areas of concentration are:

  • Environmental humanities
  • Environmental policymaking
  • Ecology and ecosystems
  • Social theory and the environment
  • Global environmental governance
  • Environmental movements
  • Ecological economics
  • Urban ecological systems
  • Urbanisation and the environment


Related Local Collections

Collections at NUS Libraries

NUS Libraries collects environmental studies materials at undergraduate and graduate levels, and for theoretical applications. These materials are primarily in electronic and print formats.

Collections at NLB Libraries and Archives

NLB Libraries collect popular materials about the environment for general readers.


[1] Yale-NUS College. (2019). Environmental studies. Retrieved from