Past News & Events

East India Company (Trial)

2021-01-18 10:15 | News

This database is a collection of India Office Records from the British Library. The content includes royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expedition, etc. which charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1599 to 1947.

Expiry date: 14 Feb 2021

SCMP Compass (Trial)

2021-01-14 10:36 | News

An archival newspaper database that covers 175 years of news in English from The South China Morning Post [1903-2019] and China Mail [1845-1974].

Expiry date: 12 Feb 2021

READ@PolyU: Join the Essay Contest for a chance to WIN fabulous prizes!

2020-12-31 15:58 | News

Writing Contest 2020

The deadline for all PolyU students to submit their entries is now extended to 31 January 2021.

Essay Contest

How did a science fiction story change your life?

Were you moved by reading one of the stories from Ted Chiang’s Exhalation... a short sci fi story by another author... or a full-length science fiction novel?

Tell us how reading a particular science fiction story changed your life… or your thinking. Share your lessons, truths, and musings in a way your readers can relate to!

Essay Contest 2020

Length: 500 words (+/- 50 words)
Format: Reflective essay in MS Word
Eligibility: All PolyU students
Deadline: 31 January 2021

In your reflection, include the title of the story (e.g. “The Life Cycle of Objects”) or the novel (e.g. Exhalation) you are writing about, as well as the name of the author (e.g. Ted Chiang).

Email your submissions to

If you have already submitted and wish to enhance your submission, we would be happy to accept a revised version from you before the new deadline. Otherwise, we will keep your current submission.


  • First: Apple iPad 32 GB
  • Second: Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Tablet
  • Third: $500 Eslite coupon

Winners will have the chance to publish in Inscribe: The Journal of Undergraduate Student Writing.

To learn more about READ@PolyU, visit the website.

READ@PolyU: Nominate a Common Book for 2021 & Get Entered into a Lucky Draw!

2020-12-21 15:14 | News

READ@PolyU 2021

What book do you think the PolyU community should read next? Send us your Common Book nominations for a new year of reading in 2021.

Submit your favourite book titles, along with the author’s name, to  by 31 December 2020 (Thursday). There is no limit to the number of book titles you can submit.

To encourage participation, PolyU students and staff who submit a nomination will be automatically enrolled in a lucky draw. Winners will receive a copy of the selected Common Book, and will be notified by email in Spring 2021.

Nominate a book now!

READ@PolyU is the community reading project of PolyU. Our vision is to build an empathetic, creative, and courageous community of learners for whom reading is a source of knowledge and creativity. Each year, we select one book and invite the whole campus to read along.

The Programme Committee reviews all nominations before making the final selection.

What we look for in a common book:

  • The book will be in English, preferably less than 300 pages
  • It should be engaging for the PolyU community (both Faculty and students)
  • It should be accessible, not difficult to read
  • It should appeal to students’ imagination, and should include some elements of exploration of and reflection on multi-cultural issues
  • It should preferably have been adapted for film
  • It should preferably have won international and critical acclaim
  • It should preferably have an electronic version
  • Ideally, the author would be available to visit PolyU

Sample titles suggested by staff and students:

  • Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda / Becky Albertalli
  • Artemis Fowl / Eoin Colfer
  • The Giver / Lois Lowry
  • Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi

Your views matter. Submit now and get entered into a lucky draw for a copy of the chosen book!


Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund

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

Library Survey 2020 for PolyU students and staff

2020-12-15 13:54 | News

Library Survey 2020

We ask. We listen. We respond. Your views will shape the future of Library services and help us serve you better. You'll have a chance to win fabulous prizes below.

Start the survey NOW. It takes about 10-minute to complete.

Lucky draw prizes

Lucky Draw Prizes: Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface Go 2, Samsung 24" Curved Monitor 1000R, Apple Pencil (2nd Generation), Canon PIXMA TS5070 Printer, Logitech C920e HD Webcam, Eslite $100 Gift Card (x10)

The survey will run through 13 January 2021 (Wed). Join NOW!

Pao Yue-kong Library
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


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[Publishing Seminars] Getting Published in Nature and Nature Research Journals

2020-11-30 13:01 | Event

Thinking of publishing your next paper in Nature journals? Want to learn some tips from editors to help you succeed?

In this webinar, Dr. Enda Bergin, Chief Physical Sciences Editor of Nature Communications, will share you what Nature editors look out for when considering a submitted manuscript.

Topics to be covered:

  • About Nature & Nature Research journals
  • What makes a good Nature paper?
  • What editors look for at the submission stage?
  • Editorial process of publishing in Nature journals
  • Open Science in Nature

Date: 10 Dec 2020 (Thu)
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Enda Bergin (Chief Physical Sciences Editor of Nature Communications)

Register Now!

Registration will close on the day before the scheduled webinar.
The webinar will be delivered via Learn@PolyU (Collaborate Ultra).

About the Speaker

Dr. Enda Bergin joined Nature Research in 2013 as an editor and later team manager at Nature Communications. In 2017, he successfully launched Nature Catalysis, and was Chief Editor for almost 3 years. In 2020, he returned to Nature Communications as Chief Physical Sciences Editor. Prior to joining Nature Research, he had obtained a PhD in chemistry at University College Dublin, and carried out research at MIT, the University of Cambridge and UEA. He was an Assistant Professor in organic chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, and subsequently worked at the Royal Society of Chemistry across the inorganic titles.


Should you have any queries, please feel free to email us at, or call us at 2766-6863.

Need Past Papers to Prepare for Your Exams?

2020-11-26 15:15 | News

Need past papers to prepare for your exams? Find them in the PolyU Examination Paper Database

The PolyU Examination Paper Database collects examination papers received from academic departments of the University from 1968/1969 onwards. The Database indexes and stores digital copies of examination papers in PDF format for easy searching and retrieval online.

For copyright reasons, the PolyU Examination Paper Database is provided solely to PolyU staff and students for private study and research purposes only.

Chinese Text Project (Trial)

2020-11-03 11:04 | News

An online digital library that makes pre-modern Chinese texts available to readers and researchers. It covers over thirty thousand titles and more than five billion characters with plug in text tools to support digital humanities projects.

Expiry date: 1 Dec 2020