Past News & Events

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.


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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

Pay Tribute to Someone Special through Honour with Books 卷軸流芳

2020-11-02 10:48 | News
Honour with Books 卷軸流芳 provides a meaningful way to pay tribute to and recognize someone special while supporting the University Library. Your gift in honour of a loved one, family member, friend or teacher, or in celebration of a milestone, will be used to enrich the library collection in support of learning, teaching and research of the University.
In recognition of your generous support, a unique commemorative bookplate bearing your name and the name of the person you are honouring will be placed in a newly purchased book in the library collection with a contribution of HKD$500. You can even select a special book of your choice from the existing library collection for placing a commemorative bookplate with a contribution of HKD$1,000.
For fresh graduates, Honour with Books provides an opportunity for you to commemorate your graduation and cherish the memories of your days at PolyU in a unique and meaningful way. A commemorative bookplate in celebration of graduation will be a wonderful gift to treasure.
We call on your continuous support to the Library! Make a contribution through Honour with Books now!
Honour with Books

Publishing your first Academic Book: Tips to help you succeed

2020-10-27 13:11 | News

Considering to publish your first academic book? Not sure how to get your next book published with a top international publisher?

This webinar aims to guide you through the procedures you need to know when publishing an academic book. The speaker will also share with you what publishers look out that an author needs to take note of.

Topics to be covered:

  • Background to academic publishing
  • How to shape a book proposal
  • What commissioning editors are looking for
  • Preparing a book proposal
  • The book publishing process
  • Creating impact with your research
  • Q&A and discussion on ideas for book proposal

We are also very privileged to have an author from PolyU joining our session - Dr William Feng, the Associate Professor at the Department of English. He will share his experiences in book publishing with Routledge.

Date: 3 Nov 2020 (Tue)
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Platform: Learn@PolyU (Collaborate Ultra)
Speaker: Ms. Katie Peace (Publisher and Social Sciences & Humanities Editorial Team Manager for Routledge Asia Pacific)
Panelist: Dr. William Feng

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:

Katie Peace is the Publisher for Social Sciences and Humanities books for Routledge in Asia Pacific. She manages a team of editors in the Routledge Singapore and Australian offices and is responsible for the commissioning of all types of book content. With more than 17 years of experience in the publishing industry globally, she has insights into the academic journals and books publishing processes and specialises in advising and guiding authors to produce the best publishing output.

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About the Panelist :

Dr William Feng is the Associate Professor at the Department of English at PolyU. His main research interest is multimodal discourse analysis. He has recently published an edited volume “Multimodal Approaches to Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting” with Routledge (co-edited with Prof Zhang Meifang) and is currently under contract with Routledge for a monograph “Multimodal Chinese Discourse”.

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

Pao Yue-kong Library 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

READ@PolyU -- Book Exhibition: The Worlds of Science Fiction

2020-10-14 16:34 | Event

As part of READ@PolyU, the Library will host a science fiction book exhibition from 12 October to 13 November 2020. Browse both new and classic sci-fi titles from the Library's collection. All books are for borrowing! Just use the self-checkout machine near the entrance or go to the Loan & Return Counter.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email ( or phone (2766-6873).