The development of BINUS UNIVERSITY library had been carried out since 1982 to support the university in achieving Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi, those are learning activities, research, and social services. The names of Binus library had undergone many times of changes that was in line with the change of its parent organization’s names. The first name was Akademi Teknik Komputer (ATK) library. In 1986 the name changed to Sekolah Tinggi Manajemen Informatika dan Komputer BINA NUSANTARA library, and finally since in 1996 the library name changed To BINUS UNIVERSITY library.
Library service to students and lecturers started in 1982. The library was located at Syahdan Campus, Jalan K.H. Syahdan no.9, Kemanggisan, Palmerah, Jakarta Barat. The library was located at the L building, first floor, having space of ±150m2. The service was still in closed access services. In line with BINUS UNIVERSITY development, the library service was also developed. In 1986 the library room was moved at the M building, first floor. Then, in 1994, the library was again moved at the K and J building, and the automation system was conducted by applying Visual Foxpro program. Meanwhile, the service was still in closed access service. A significant development happened in 1998 when the library was moved into a new modern building in Anggrek Campus, Jalan Kebon Jeruk Raya No. 27 Jakarta Barat. The library was located at the third, fourth, and fifth floors having a space of 1.268m2.
Full library automation had been applied in 1999. The automated system was called Sistem Informasi Perpustakaan (SIPus), including acquisition, cataloguing, and circulation. The library had fully applied open access services, in which the users were independent to access library collections. An automated service was given to library users. The LKC aims to provide a better service to support the curriculum offering of the university.
In 2008, LKC moved to first floor, having space of ±1400m². At the new building, LKC provided discussion room and recreation room. With the availability of these new facilities, the library users got more convenient place to study and do their social academic life. Information literacy program was conducted more intensely for library users done by reference librarians and the availability of mobile librarians who guided the students personally or by groups to lead them into independent users who were capable in finding information and use them ethically and legally. Automated borrowing and returning was applied by RFID system. In 2010 Library café was available in at the Recreation Room.
In the year of 2011 Alam Sutra bridging Campus was established on the basis of the high demand of parents and students in Tangerang. Along with the opening of the bridging campus, on February 2012, Alam Sutra library and knowledge center was officially opened to support the needs of information.
Located in room ASB 29 and having a space of 64m2, LKC Alam Sutera provide various kinds of collections and already equipped with cutting edge multimedia facilities. LKC Alam Sutera also adopted the Automated borrowing using RFID system. Users can also search for LKC Alam Sutera collections through library website since the database were also integrated with Anggrek, Kijang, JWC Library and knowledge center.
On September 2001, The Joseph Wibowo Centre (JWC) library located at Jalan Hang Lekir I No. 6 was officially opened. The library caters the lecturers, postgraduate and international students. The JWC library adopted an open access service and its development was still under the coordination of Anggrek Central Library. On August 2007 its name was change to LKC-JWC Library. An intra library loan was added to the service that concerns with circulation between Anggrek and JWC libraries.
BINUS UNIVERSITY Library’s continuous improvement was still conducted. In 2002, library started the website services, in which users were able to search the books, booking the collections, as well as extending the borrowing via library website. Developing e-local content was also started on that year where in thesis S1, thesis S2, Binus articles, and clippings are made available via website access.
Kijang Library had been operated since Januari 2006, under the coordination of Anggrek Central Library.
In August 2007, the function of Anggrek Central Library had been expanded into a knowledge centre, and it was called Library and Knowledge Center (LKC). This new function accommodated information and knowledge creation as the results of teaching and learning process, as well as research activities in Binus university. Since that time, the library was called Library and Knowledge Center or LKC.
As the consequences of LKC name, Kijang library changed its name became LKC Kijang. Located in a room having space of 170m2, LKC Kijang mainly provide the collections for the English, Chinese , and Japanese Department because these departments are located at the Kijang Campus and most of Faculty of Language and Culture’s activities were conducted there. LKC Kijang also supported the operation of Self Access Language Learning Unit (SALLC) which is also located in the same room. Combining both printed and multimedia collection for language learning activities has become an advantage. In 2010 SALLC was developed into Language Center and moved at the new place, so LKC Kijang is now occupying the whole room.