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Our History

Learn how the NUS Co-op has grown in supporting the NUS community over the years

A Student-Centred Founding


Peter Lim, the then-Student Liaison Officer founded the University of Singapore Co-operative Bookstore Society Limited to address the escalating prices of textbooks

The Co-op was registered on 11 April 1969 and Peter Lim was appointed its first Chairman


Two new branches opened at Ladyhill Campus and Engineering Campus


First store opened at Yusof Ishak House at the new NUS campus

Growing Contributions to Campus Life


Name changed to National University of Singapore Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Limited.


Two representatives of the NUSSU Ex-co co-opted onto the Management Committee

Main store moved to its current location at the Central Forum


The Science and Medical Bookshop (LT27) opened


The Book Assistance Scheme, funded by annual surpluses, launched to provide book awards to needy students. (The Scheme was re-named to the Book Award in 2010)


Partnered the NUS Computer Centre to launch the Notebook Ownership Scheme


Grew number of outlets to five with the opening of the Notebook Service Centre at LT26

Started contributing to the NUS Endowment Fund with a $10,000 initial contribution


Contributed $15,000 to the NUS Endowment Fund to set up the Dr. Lau Kieng Hiong Gold Medal, in memory of his service as President of the NUS Co-op for 15 years

The Co-op Today


Assumed management of Academic Dress sales and rental

Started assisting in the production of course packs


Established the Notebook Distribution Centre


Opened a store in the NUS High School, increasing the number of outlets to six

Licensed by NUS to develop selected university merchandise for sale at our stores.


Opened a store in the Bukit Timah Campus

Licensed by NUS to develop selected university merchandise for sale at our stores.


Opening of childcare centre, the Little Skool-House @ Kent Vale

Began collaborating with NUSSU to provide free NUS Co-op membership for all freshmen with effect from Academic Year 2010/2011


Successfully won a bid to set up a new concept lifestyle store in University Town, which will open in January 2013