News & Events

Migration to New Library System and OneSearch Discovery Platform in July 2017
2017-05-04 12:51 | News

In early July 2017, all eight UGC-funded university libraries will adopt one single cloud-based shared integrated library system and discovery platform to replace eight stand-alone library systems.  The new shared library system will facilitate users to search, access and request print and shared electronic collections from the eight libraries in one go.  During the system migration, every effort will be made to minimize service interruptions. Please note below the important dates for services affected:

6 June 2017
– early July 2017
Temporary suspension of HKALL book request & borrowing with JULAC Card

During this period, eligible PolyU staff and students please use Interlibrary Loan Service ( to request books from other UGC-funded university libraries.

* Enquiry on Interlibrary Loan Service, please call 2766 6862.

15 June 2017 Due date of ALL HKALL books before launch of new system in July 2017
Due date of ALL PolyU items borrowed by JULAC Card holders, before launch of new system in July 2017
28 June 2017 Last day to email or save “My Reading History” from myRecord (
29 June
– early July 2017
Suspension of 3 specific services
  • Self-check borrowing service: Please check out and return at Counters.
  • Online renewal and holds: Please make renewal requests in person or via phone at 2766 6864 (books) or 2766 6870 (AV items).
  • Library Card registration, issuance and renewal: Services will resume in early July 2017.
Early July 2017
New library system & OneSearch discovery platform go live
  • New OneSearch discovery platform replaces the Classic Library Catalogue.
  • All above suspended services resume.

Thank you for your attention and support!


Temporary suspension of HKALL book request & borrowing with JULAC Card
2017-06-07 22:16 | News

PolyU Library will be moving to a new library system in July 2017. To facilitate the process of migration:

6 June to early July

HKALL request service temporarily suspended. During this period, eligible users please use Interlibrary Loan Service to request books from other UGC-funded university libraries.

JULAC Library Card borrowing temporarily suspended.

15 June 2017 Due date of all books borrowed via HKALL or by JULAC Library Card.
Publishing Seminar: Behind the Scenes at the Nature Journals
2017-06-16 11:17 | News


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The Nature journals have a very long and proud history of publishing some of the most high-quality and impactful research in the world. The portfolio now contains almost 50 journals, covering a wide range of subject areas. Nature also employs over 250 full-time editors. Each of these editors is passionate about supporting researchers, to help them to do and to communicate the research that makes the news and advances discovery.

In this talk, Alison Mitchell, PhD – who has worked on the Nature titles for over 20 years – will take you behind the scenes at the Nature journals. The talk will be covering the following topics:

  • What are the editors looking for in a research paper, and what makes a good Nature paper?
  • How do the editors try to support researchers beyond the publishing process?
  • What innovations and experiments are the Nature journals doing to improve the process of research and research communication?
  • How do they decide what new Nature journals to launch and what is the impact on researchers?


Date : 30 Jun 2017 (Fri)
Time : 3:00 - 4:30pm
Venue : Learning Lab 1, 3/F, Library
Speaker : Dr. Alison Mitchell (Editorial & Publishing Director Nature Journals)
Registration : Please click on this link for registration.

About the Speaker

Alison Mitchell is Editorial & Publishing Director responsible for the research content in the Nature family of journals – the internationally renowned flagship title Nature, 27 Nature Research Journals, 18 Nature Reviews Journals, and Nature Communications.

Following the merger of Nature Publishing Group with Springer in 2015, Alison’s focus has been directed solely towards the Nature journals. She is responsible for editorial and publishing strategy, the 450 employees who work on the Nature journals, and the development of new trials and innovations to ensure that the Nature journals provide the best possible service for their authors and readers. She has been working on Nature titles for over 20 years. Alison received her PhD in Molecular Biology from Imperial College London.

Sage Business Cases (Trial)
2017-06-13 17:13 | News

This resource currently provides about 1,700 global cases in the real business world with teaching notes.

Expiry date: 31 July 2017

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) 1957-1994 (Trial)
2017-06-09 08:59 | News

This collection focuses on the technological and scientific development works published in communist countries, and the effect of those developments today. More than 50% of the collection includes published works from China on military, agriculture, pollution, nuclear weapons, etc.

Expiry date: 14 July 2017

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1941-1996 (Trial)
2017-06-09 08:58 | News

An archive of 20th Century news from around the world outside USA covering transcripts of foreign broadcasts and news. An online news archive resource for international studies, political science and world history.

Expiry date: 14 July 2017

商業周刊 (Trial)
2017-06-09 08:54 | News

Expiry date: 30 June 2017

Research Carrels in L404 and L505 are Closed
2017-06-08 09:19 | News

Reading Rooms L404 and L505 will be closed for renovation from 8 Jun to 15 Sep 2017 (tentatively). Eligible users please use Research Carrels in L401 and L501.

Regs4ships (Trial)
2017-05-29 09:34 | News

Regs4ships is a database containing maritime literature, including publications and regulations from IMO, Hong Kong Flag State and other authorities in the maritime industry e.g. European Union, International Labour Organisation, World Health Organisation, etc.

Expiry date: 30 June 2017

Reminder: Phasing out of Flexicard Service on 1 July 2017
2017-05-17 15:53 | News

As all Library printers and copiers now accept Octopus card, Flexicard service will be phased out on 1 July 2017.  Please exhaust the remaining value in your Flexicard as soon as possible.  A printer in the Library can accept Flexicard payment until 30 June 2017. For assistance in refunding the card deposit and handling the remaining value of your Flexicard, please contact 3/F Technical Support Desk or call 2766-6890.

Thank you for your attention.