News & Events

Library Support During COVID-19

2021-01-19 10:36 | News

Explore the Library Guide on Library Support during COVID-19 and you will find the latest Library information on operational arrangements, digital resources, learning support and teaching support available for students and staff, as well as the safety measures to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus in the Library.   



Library Introduces More Self-check Services

2020-12-21 10:31 | News
The Library will implement the following arrangements to streamline the overall loan and return services and enhance user experience:
  • New Self-Service Kiosk on 3/F for Digital Equipment
    The Library has set up a new self-service kiosk for digital equipment in the Multimedia Commons on 3/F. PolyU/CPCE students and staff can check out/in AV accessories such as headphones and drawing tablets there. Please visit here for more details.
  • Relocation of Self-checkout station from 3/F to P/F
    With effect from 4 January 2021, users can borrow and return both books and audio-visual (AV) items at the Loan and Return Counter on Library Podium Floor. The Multimedia Commons Counter on 3/F will close on the said date accordingly. Users can still access the AV collections in their existing locations in Multimedia Commons on 3/F.  To enable users to conveniently check out AV items and books before they leave the Library, a self-checkout station will be relocated from Multimedia Commons (3/F) to Podium Floor.
Please contact the respective Counter or Desk:
  • Loan and Return Counter at 2766-6864 for Loan and return services on books/AV collections
  • Technical Support Desk at 2766-6909 for AV services including AV facilities, Group Viewing Rooms and Studios

READ@PolyU Workshop: Strategies for Expanding Your English Vocabulary

2021-02-09 08:38 | News

Writing Contest 2020

“While without grammar very little can be conveyed, without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed.” – D. Wilkins, Linguistics in Language Teaching

Vocabulary is fundamental to reading and writing fluency, but how do we expand our vocabulary? In this online workshop, Dr. Phoebe Lin will share some research-based facts, figures, and tips about vocabulary learning, as well as Library and online resources, so that we can be smarter at managing our own vocabulary-building activities.

It will cover:

How many words do we need to know to function properly in English?
Tools for measuring our vocabulary size
How to find the right books to read and videos/movies to watch
Excellent apps & Library resources for self-directed vocabulary learning

Target participants: All PolyU students and staff

Date: 3 March 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Speaker:Dr Phoebe Lin
Online Talk via Zoom

Enroll Now!

About the Speaker:

Dr. Phoebe Lin is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research investigates aspects of vocabulary learning using a range of methods, including controlled experiments, text analysis, and statistical modelling. Phoebe is developing intelligent apps that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of vocabulary building. Her latest project is IdiomsTube (, which guides users to learn English vocabulary through YouTube videos. The app is openly and freely available online.

The event is co-organized by the Pao Yue-kong Library, Research Centre for Professional Communication in English (RCPCE) and Department of English, PolyU.

The Belt and Road Initiative Reference Source (Trial)

2021-03-02 10:04 | News

A full-text database supporting the study of the Belt and Road Initiative. It provides scholarly journals from various countries covering business trends, infrastructure, research collaboration and trade opportunities related to the initiative.

Expiry date : 30 June 2021

Publish Open Access Articles in Cambridge University Press Journals

2021-02-24 16:49 | News

Plan to submit your next paper to a journal by Cambridge University Press (CUP)? Or are you looking to publish your next article in Open Access?

Now you can publish your work in CUP journals in Open Access without paying for the Article Processing Charge (APC)!


The Library has signed a Read & Publish agreement with CUP, under which PolyU researchers can publish in their journals with APC fully waived during the period 2021-2023. Join this briefing session to learn how to submit your work to a CUP journal and get the APC waived.

The following topics will be included:

  • Open Access in PolyU and Open Access Publishing
  • Open Access Publishing with CUP: Author publishing workflow
  • How to find a journal which matches your manuscript
  • How to transact your APC waiver
  • Other support after the paper is published

Date : 3 Mar 2021 (Wed)
Time : 3:00 - 4:00pm
Venue : Zoom
Ms Caz Kerbyson (Training and Systems Support Manager, Cambridge University Press)
Ms Aster Zhao (Research Support Librarian, PolyU Library)

Register Now!
Registration will close on the day before the scheduled webinar.

About the Speaker:

Caz Kerbyson is the Training and Systems Support Manager at Cambridge University Press. She is responsible for ensuring the authors and customers of Cambridge feel confident when publishing their work in CUP journals.

Aster Zhao is a Research Support Librarian from PolyU Library. She also serves as the Faculty Librarian for Construction & Environment faculty and currently the interim Faculty Librarian for Engineering faculty. Her main responsibility includes providing research and publishing support services and user education to the university community.

China and the Modern World : Hong Kong Britain and China, 1841-1951 (Trial)

2021-02-23 13:10 | News

A collection of British government documents on colonial Hong Kong digitized from the British Colonial Office.

Expiry date = 31 March 2021

尚儀近代華文書籍暨圖像資料庫 (Trial)

2021-02-18 08:38 | News


Expiry date: 31 March 2021

iG Library (Trial)

2021-02-16 14:33 | News

Ebooks from various publishers on iG Publishing platform.

Notes : Trial includes sample ebooks from the following publishers only :

              Business Expert Press
              Kogan Page
              Packt Publishing
              Princeton University Press

Expiry date: 31 Mar 2021

申報 (上海圖書館) (Trial)

2021-02-10 16:54 | News

平台包括已訂購的資源, 如只想試用“申報”, 可於左側目錄中取消點擊其他資源.

Expiry date: 8 March 2021

晚清期刊全文數據庫(1833-1911)增輯 (Trial)

2021-02-10 16:47 | News

平台包括已訂購的資源, 如只想試用 “晚清期刊全文數據庫(1833-1911)增輯” , 可於左側目錄中取消點擊其他資源

Expiry date: 8 March 2021