Subsidiary Collection Development Policy: Life Sciences

Subject Librarian Contact Information

James Wong, Subject Librarian
Telephone: 6601-3649


Collections support the Life Sciences Major within the Division of Science.

Course offerings range from genetics, molecular, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, laboratory work, protein and cellular structures, and complex organisms with applications in healthcare and medicine.[1]

The research carried out by Life Sciences faculty covers insects, animal behaviour, developing and applying computational and modelling systems in biology, ecology of forests and trees in human-modified landscapes, re-growth of forests, ageing, genetics, medical applications, bioinformatics and its visualisation and phylogenetics.


Description of Materials Collected

The Library collects scholarly materials with consideration for interdisciplinary requirements in chemistry, physics, computational sciences, human health, the environment and sustainability, applications in biological research, biotechnology, law, conservation, public health and policy, human medicine, ecology and scientific communication.

Only English-language materials are collected.

There are no limitations on geographic range.

The periods covered are 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:

GE 140-196 Environmental degradation, quality, risk assessment, global change, policies, environmentalism and environmental responsibility.
GE 300 Environmental management.
GE 40-49, 70-95 Philosophy, ethics, computations, education and methodology in environmental sciences.
GF 1-12 General human ecology.
GF 51-79 History of natural history. Environmental influences on people, and people’s influence on the environment. Biodiversity conservation, biosphere and ecological reserves, conservation biology, ecosystem management, and environmentally sensitive areas in natural history. Communication of information in nature conservation. Statistical methods in nature conservation. Biogeography of tropics.
GF 651-700 Human ecology in Asia and tropics.
QH 1-199.5 Nature conservation. Natural history (general).
QH 301-705.5 Biology (general). Communication in biology. Philosophy of biology, experiments and fieldwork. Biomathematics, mathematical models in biology, computation, data mining, and biological models in research. Origins of life in biology. Biosphere. Evolution, evolutionary genetics, mathematical models and variations. Genetics. Chemical genomics. Ecological genetics. Gene editing. Evolutionary development in biology. Life. Life in biology. Molecular biology. Biomechanics. Ecology. Ecological integrity in biology, assessment, heterogeneity, zones, surveys, mathematical models, mathematics, simulation methods and statistical methods. Ecology of jungles, tropical dry forests and tropics. Environmental influences in ecology. Biodiversity. Ecosystems. Cytology.
QK 900-989 Plant ecology. Atmospheric effect on plants. Genetics in plants.
QL 461-599.82 Insects.
QL 750-795 Animal behaviour.
QL 951-991 Embryology.
QP 1-345 General physiology.
QR 1-502 Microbiology. Virology.



Materials are primarily electronic. Print monographs 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. 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:

  • Animal behaviour
  • Computational and modelling systems with bioinformatics and its visualisation
  • Biology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Ecology
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology


Related Local Collections

Collections at NUS Libraries

  • NUS Libraries collects biological and environmental sciences materials at undergraduate and graduate levels, and for theoretical applications. These materials are primarily in electronic format in databases with a substantial print legacy collection.

Collections at NLB Libraries and Archives

  • NLB Libraries collect popular biological and environmental sciences materials for general readers.


[1] Yale-NUS College. (2019). Why Life Sciences? Retrieved from and Yale-NUS College. (2019). Life Sciences: Programme Description. Retrieved from