The History of University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) library started with the establishment of UPM Fisheries and Maritime Science Centre (Pusat Perikanan dan Sains Samudera UPM) in May 1979. The library was manned by two library clerks. At that time, the library was just a small room in the Administration Unit. The area was 40 feet x 30 feet with 28 chairs.
In 1981, the staffs increased to 5 staffs : 1 Library Clerk, 2 Library Checkers and 2 Library Attendants. The library began to operate at night in January 1982.
The library has changed its location 4 times. The first move was on December 1984, from the Administration building to the Net loft building. Second moved was on June 14th, 1986 from the Net loaf building to the Hostel A building, and the third was on November 28th, 1988 from the Hostel a building to its own building, and has been used till 31 July 2004. On January 1987, the library's staff increased to 6 persons. They were:
A librarian from UPM Serdang has joins the library in 1996.
On 5th May 1999, UPM Terengganu (UPMT) ceased to exist and replaced Kolej Universiti Terengganu (KUT). KUT attained its autonomy as a university college on 1st May 2001. KUT was officially renamed as Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi Malaysia (KUSTEM) on 1st July 2001.