well, at nus singapore, access to information was a real breeze. i really felt i could get any information i need as the uni has its own search system which subscribes to what felt to be all known database in the world, not only academic, but media, business, etc.
i often request the library to buy books and more often than not the request would be granted. the libraries (6 of them then) also subscribes to physical copies of newspapers/periodical/etc. from around the world.
information access was one of my best memories of singapore. am going back there by end of year or next year to fulfill my scholarship bond, which i have neglected for more than a decade. would need to base myself there for the next 6 years, so looking forward to experiencing the libraries again. other life aspects, not so much.