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About LIC

Library and Information Center (LIC), established in 1998, acts as an information center gathering textbooks, reference books, instructional materials of all kinds and teaching aids in various fields of education, mostly in English language education and educational leadership & management.

It also provides information about other SEAMEO Regional Centers and Southeast Asian education systems. The library attracts students, teachers, researchers, educational administrators and other users from different regions of the country. Annually, about 9,000 users enjoy the library services & facilities.

With nearly 6,000 books, articles and other instructional materials, mostly in English, LIC aims at satisfying the needs for study and research of its readers at different levels. In short, LIC resources include:

  • Original textbooks and reference books;
  • Newspapers and magazines including professional materials such as TESOL & English Teaching Forum Quarterly, RELC Journal (a Journal of Language Teaching and Research in Southeast Asia), Guidelines (a Magazine for Language Teachers), and information or entertainment magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Time, The Gioi Moi, Thoi Trang Tre, Vietnam News, Saigon Times Daily, Thanh Nien Daily, Tuoi Tre and Thanh Nien;
  • Tapes, videos and CD-ROM collections ;
  • Internet access to a collection of English language websites to improve users listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC/GRE test–taking skills or information discovery; and,
  • Cassette players and computers available for English listening skill improvement.


  • To support the training, research, development and other professional activities of SEAMEO RETRAC;
  • To serve as a valuable source of knowledge on English language education, teaching and research; and,
  • To provide information, facilities and services to various individuals and institutions interested in Educational Leadership & Management, teaching and research.

Services & Facilities

  • Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
  • Reading Room
  • Internet Access
  • Reference and Information
  • Book/CD/DVD borrowing privilege
  • Listening and viewing facilities
  • Photocopying facilities
  • News Clipping on Vietnam Education & Climate Change

Loan Policies

  1. Each member will be able to borrow two books at a time only for two weeks.  Fines @ 1,000 VND/day are payable on items not returned on due date.
  2. Nobody will be able to borrow books with other’s member ID.
  3. The borrower will be completely responsible for safe-keeping the materials borrowed and returning them on due date.
  4. To borrow books, all members will have to sign in the Book Cards.
  5. Reference books are for use in the Library only.
  6. Any books may be recalled from loan at any time.
  7. The Library authority will be able to change any rule at any time, if necessary.

An item which is out on loan can be reserved at the Circulation Counter or through OPAC (Faculty only). When it is available, it should be collected within two days.

To become a member of LIC, Please contact with the Librarian (R.104) for a library card. For current students of SEAMEO RETRAC, student cards can be used in lieu of a library card. Otherwise, a half yearly membership fee of VND 50,000/ 100,000 is required for students and others respectively.

Registration requires an identification card, a recommendation from an employer/school and one 2x3 passport size photograph.

Opening hours
Monday through Friday
Morning:   08:30–12:00
Afternoon: 13:00–20:30
Saturday:  08:30–12:00

*LIC is closed on public holidays.

Contact us
ROOM 104
35 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
Phone: (84 8) 3824 5618 (Ext: 104)
Fax: (84 8) 3823 2175
Email: lic@vnseameo.org