Past News & Events

READ@PolyU: Meet the Author Ken Liu & Post your IG Question to a Win Prize!

2021-09-20 08:30 | News

Calling all PolyU readers! Come join us for a conversation with the internationally renowned writer, Mr. Ken Liu, to learn from his intriguing insights behind the making of the READ@PolyU Common Book 2021, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories.

Meet the Author - Ken Liu

Date: 19 October 2021
Time: 10:30  – 11:30 a.m.
Online via Zoom. Moderated by Mr. Dean A.F. Gui (English Language Centre)
Quota: 200. Register to reserve your seat NOW!

Register Here

Have a Question for Ken Liu? Post it to Win a Prize!

Post your thought-provoking question related to the Common Book on your own Instagram (IG) account, with the hashtag #PolyUReads_Ken_Liu by 11 October 2021.

After the deadline, the IG questions will be compiled and sent to Mr. Liu for selection. During the Q&A session of the talk, Mr. Liu will first answer 5-7 most interesting IG questions before responding to others in the audience.

If your submitted IG question is selected, you will receive his bestselling book as a prize: The Grace of Kings, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, or Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

About the Author

Ken Liu is an American author of speculative fiction. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he wrote the Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (starting with The Grace of Kings), as well as short story collections The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He also authored the Star Wars novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. Liu frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, narrative futures, and the mathematics of origami.

Mr. Ken Liu's profile picture

Photo: © Lisa Tang Liu


About the Common Book

The Programme Committee of READ@PolyU selects The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories as the Common Book 2021, and invites the whole campus to read along. The title story, The Paper Menagerie, tells a magic realist story about family love, intergenerational conflict, guilt, immigration, and internalized and systemic racism in America. Access the ebook or e-audiobook in our Library.

Book cover image.

What is READ@PolyU? READ@PolyU is the community reading project of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Our vision is to build an empathetic, creative, and courageous community of learners and global citizens for whom reading is a source of knowledge and creativity. Learn more.

Ovid Books unavailable from 11:30 to 13:00 on 19 Sep 2021

2021-09-14 13:47 | News

Due to maintenance provided by the vendor, the service of Ovid Books will be temporarily unavailable from 11:30 to 13:00 on 19 Sep 2021

ASTM Compass (Trial)

2021-08-31 16:03 | News

Direct from ASTM International, ASTM Compass covers all available versions of ASTM standards plus the Digital Library with access to eBooks, journals and research reports published by ASTM.

Expiry date: 15 Sep 2021

Emerald Insight unavailable on 7 Sep 2021

2021-08-27 13:16 | News

Due to maintenance provided by the vendor, the service of Emerald Insight will be temporarily unavailable from 8:00 to 11:30 on 7 Sep 2021.

Emerald unavailable on 17 Aug 2021

2021-07-28 14:55 | News

Due to maintenance provided by the vendor, the service of Emerald will be temporarily unavailable from 20:00 on 17 Aug 2021 to 23:30 on 17 Aug 2021.

A New Look for the Library Website

2021-07-26 16:51 | News
To enhance user experience, the Library website has been revamped with a fresh new look. The highlights of the website redesign include:
1. Refreshed overall look and feel of the website.
2. Enhanced navigation and content display for a wide array of mobile devices.
3. Sticky navigation sidebar to make frequently used library services visible at all times.
4. Display of real-time availability of loanable notebook computers.
5. Improved navigation for quick and easy access to information on library resources, services, events and projects.
6. Social media sharing feature at the top of each web page.
We're excited to bring you these improvements for the new academic year. Explore the revamped Library website now!

[截止日期延至8月13日] 贏取往日本交流機會,參加「笹川杯品書知日本」 2021 徵文比賽!

2021-07-19 11:46 | News

[Deadline Extended to 13 August] A Chance to Win a Cultural Exchange Tour to Japan: Write a Reflection on a Japan-Themed Book






  1. 徵文
  2. 截止時間
  3. 徵文對象
  4. 投稿方式
    1) 請通過電郵投稿,徵文稿須為word格式。
    2) 投稿接收郵箱:
    3) 投稿電郵主題請寫:《品書知日本2021》投稿
    4) 徵文稿件的檔案名格式為:姓名--學生証號碼--徵文的標題。例如:張三--20123456D--京都 漫步
    5) 本次比賽進入全國決賽階段後,將採用匿名審稿機制,請確定文章內沒有出現姓名和學校資料。
  5. 稿件要求
    1) 徵文語言:中文/日文
    2) 字數限制:1500-2000字(不符合字數要求的徵文將被篩除)
    3) 文章體裁:自由(散文、詩歌除外)
    4) 格式要求:本次比賽以「書」為主題,請在文末以章節附註形式注明所閱圖書名稱及參考文獻。
  6. 徵文聲明:
    1) 參加過其他徵文活動並獲獎的作品不能參選。
    2) 獲獎作品的版權歸本活動主辦者所有,獲獎作品不能參加其他同類徵文活動。
    3) 應徵作品一律不予退稿,請參賽者自留底稿。
  7. 徵文獎勵
    1) 理大校初選:
    2) 全國決賽評選:
  8. 徵文官網
  9. 評審結果


  1. 主辦單位: 上海交通大學圖書館、日本科學協會、人民中國雜誌社
  2. 理大校初賽評審單位: 包玉剛圖書館、中文及雙語學系

Database Maintenance : ProQuest databases (except ProQuest e-book Central)

2021-06-24 13:15 | News

Due to maintenance provided by the vendor, the service of ProQuest databases (except ProQuest e-book Central) will be temporarily unavailable on 25 Jul 2021 from 10:00 to 20:00.


READ@PolyU X Cultural July: Get FREE Book Fair ticket and meet renowned authors

2021-06-24 08:33 | News

A total of 50 complimentary tickets to the Hong Kong Book Fair, sponsored by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, will be given to PolyU students who attend a seminar in the “English and International Reading Series” at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) onsite. Let’s meet internationally renowned authors and delve into the world of literary pleasure together.

Seats are limited. Follow the steps below to redeem your FREE ticket.

  1. Sign up here. If successful, the Library will email you an information package with the ticket redemption slip.
  2. Follow the instruction in the information package and pre-register for an English Seminar at the Hong Kong Book Fair website. After which, you will receive a confirmation email.
  3. Prior to attending the English Seminar, show the softcopy of your (1) pre-registered seminar confirmation email and (2) the information package, as well as your (3) student ID card onsite.
  4. After attending the English seminar, you can redeem a complimentary Book Fair ticket, while stocks last.

You are required to join one of the seminars of “English and International Reading Series” below.

International Speakers (based in HK)

Painter and Patron: Illustrations of the Maritime Silk Road in 16th century Códice Casanatense

by Peter Gordon (USA) and Juan José Morales (Spain)

Time: 6pm-7:30pm, 15 July (Thu)

“Keeping the Record”: Journeys with a Mission and Over the Years

by Dr. Gillian Bickley (UK)

Time: 3pm-4:30pm, 17 July (Sat)

China’s Russian Princess: The Silent Wife of Chiang Ching-kuo

by Mark O’Neill (UK)

Time: 3pm-4:30pm, 19 July (Mon)

International Authors

Writing & The Power of Listening

by Heather Morris (New Zealand)

Time: 1pm-2:30pm, 16 July (Fri)

Monkey King: A Hero for the Ages with Neil Gaiman and Julia Lovell

by Neil Gaiman (UK) and Julia Lovell (UK)

Time: 6pm-7:30pm, 16 July (Fri)

The Painting That Changed My Life

by Jeremy Vine (UK)

Time: 6pm-7:30pm, 17 July (Sat)

Writing Outside Your Experience – from contemporary to fantasy and beyond

by Brigid Kemmerer (USA)

Time: 3pm-4:30pm, 18 July (Sun)

Should you have further enquiries, please contact us by email at

Pao Yue-kong Library

Hongkong Weekly Press Online (Trial)

2021-06-10 16:27 | News

The Hongkong Weekly Press was an English-language weekly newspaper published between 1890 and 1945 with its content reflecting the incidents and periods of unrest in British-Hong Kong's modern history.

Expiry date: 30 June 2021