Research Carrels

A limited number of individual research carrels are provided for eligible Library users for private study and research.

  • 85 self check-in carrels in Research Enhancement Centre (REC), 3/F (reserve via iBooking)
Research Carrels
  1. PolyU Academic, Research, and Equivalent Status Administrative Staff (Full-time or Part-time)
  2. Postgraduate Students (PolyU / PolyU-SPEED awards only)
  3. Visiting Scholars & Fellows, Visiting Staff and Visitors with valid PolyU smart card.
  4. Students with Special Needs registered with Student Affairs Office (Both UG & PG, PolyU / PolyU-SPEED awards only)
  1. One Day Advance Booking can be made via iBooking System.
  2. The loan period is on a session basis.
  1. Users are required to swipe their PolyU smart cards at the check-in readers of the carrel within 10 minutes after the reserved session begins.
  2. If users do not check in within the first 10 minutes, their reserved sessions will be cancelled and released for booking by other users.
  • Users should use their own Library number to make bookings. Using others’ accounts or lending your Library number to others to make bookings is strictly prohibited. Offenders are subject to disciplinary action.
  • The research carrels are expected to be used by the users who have registered for the loan. The loans of the carrels are not transferable.
  • The research carrel is for private individual study only, and users should not share the room with another person.
  • No food and drinks are allowed in the research carrels.
  • No furniture or equipment should be removed from or brought into a research carrel.
  • Users should not bring in uncharged library materials and use other electrical appliances (except notebook computers) into the research carrels.
  • Users must clear their personal belongings and leave the carrels clean and tidy at the end of the loan period. No drying up of wet clothes or swimming suits inside the carrel is allowed.
  • After the reserved session is over, any unattended belongings will be removed so that the room can be ready for other users. The Library will not be responsible for any loss or damage.
  • Users should also observe other Library Regulations. Any violations may result in termination of carrel privileges.
  • The Library cannot guarantee the security of your personal belongings, and will not be responsible for items lost or stolen from the research carrel.
  • The Library reserves the right to allocate any available carrel to a user, or remove carrels from service as needed (for maintenance purposes, projects, etc.)

  • 53 carrels on the 4/F and 5/F (first-come, first-served, request at Circulation Counter, P/F)
  1. PolyU Academic, Research, and Equivalent Status Administrative Staff (Full-time or Part-time)
  2. Postgraduate Students (PolyU or CPCE awards)
  3. Visiting Scholars & Fellows, Visiting Staff and Visitors with Valid PolyU ID
  1. Request at Circulation Counter on a first-come, first-served basis.
  2. Loan of the carrel expires on the same day before Library closing time. Users are required to return the room key to the Circulation Counter before the Library is closed.
  1. Users can contact the Circulation Counter on P/F to borrow the room key to check in.
  2. Users are required to check out and return the carrel keys to the Circulation Counter when they finish using the room for the day or before the Library is closed.
  3. The late return of a key incurs a fine of HK$30 per calendar day.
  • The research carrels are expected to be used by the users who have registered for the loan. The loans of the carrels are not transferable.
  • The research carrel is for private individual study only, and users should not share the room with another person.
  • No food and drinks are allowed in the research carrels.
  • No furniture or equipment should be removed from or brought into a research carrel.
  • Users should not bring in uncharged library materials and use other electrical appliances (except notebook computers) into the research carrels.
  • Users must clear their personal belongings and leave the carrels clean and tidy at the end of the loan period. No drying up of wet clothes or swimming suits inside the carrel is allowed.
  • After the reserved session is over, any unattended belongings will be removed so that the room can be ready for other users. The Library will not be responsible for any loss or damage.
  • Users should also observe other Library Regulations. Any violations may result in termination of carrel privileges.
  • The Library cannot guarantee the security of your personal belongings, and will not be responsible for items lost or stolen from the research carrel.
  • The Library reserves the right to allocate any available carrel to a user, or remove carrels from service as needed (for maintenance purposes, projects, etc.)