iBooking Computers (P/F & 3/F)

67 computers on P/F (next to the LibCafe), Research Enhancement Centre and Multimedia Commons (3/F), and 8 Macintosh computers in the Multimedia Commons (3/F) and 21 Macintosh computers in the Multimedia Commons IT Lounge (3/F) are available for advance booking in the iBooking System. Below are the guidelines in the use and reservation of these computers

Types and Locations of Computers

  • Multipurpose PCs
    • 34 PCs in 3/F Research Enhancement Centre (REC)
    • 8 PCs on P/F
  • Graphic Computers
    • 2 PCs in 3/F Research Enhancement Centre (REC)
    • 15 PCs in 3/F Multimedia Commons (MC)
    • 8 iMac computers in 3/F Multimedia Commons (MC)
    • 21 iMac computers in 3/F Multimedia Commons IT Lounge (MC IT Lounge)
  • Database Workstations
    • 8 database workstations in 3/F Research Enhancement Centre (REC)

Eligible Users

Type of users Use Privileges
1. PolyU Staff Advanced booking or walk-in use of any computer
2. PolyU students
3. Other authorized Library users with valid Library cards and borrowing rights (except Readers' Ticket Card Holders) Advanced booking or walk-in use of any computer (except REC WS01, WS03, WS06-08)

Reservation Policy

Each eligible user can reserve one of the above computer workstations one day in advance, starting from 8:30am on the day before.  Users can only keep one booking of each PC type in hand within one single day.

Cancellation of reservations should be made via the system before your reserved session begins so that the PCs can be released to other users in need.

Loan Quota

Eligible users are allowed to reserve one computer workstation in advance for only one session within a single day. They can also book and use the computer or database workstation for the current session even if they have reserved them for a later session.

To continue to use the computer workstation after the current session, users can reserve the current computer or another computer online, if available, within 20 minutes before their current session expires.

Duration of Sessions

  • Term Time
    • Mon – Sat (8:30 – 23:00)
      • Session 1:  8:30:00  – 10:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 2:  10:30:01 – 12:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 3:  12:30:01 – 14:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 4:  14:30:01 – 16:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 5:  16:30:01 – 18:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 6:  18:30:01 – 20:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 7:  20:30:01 – 22:45:00 (2.25 hours)
    • Sundays (12:00 – 22:00)
      • Session 1:  12:00:00 – 14:00:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 2:  14:00:01 – 16:00:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 3:  16:00:01 – 18:00:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 4:  18:00:01 – 20:00:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 5:  20:00:01 – 21:45:00 (1.75 hours)
  • Revision & Examination Period
    • Mon-Sun (8:30 – 23:00)
      • Session 1:  8:30:00  – 10:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 2:  10:30:01 – 12:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 3:  12:30:01 – 14:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 4:  14:30:01 – 16:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 5:  16:30:01 – 18:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 6:  18:30:01 – 20:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 7:  20:30:01 – 22:45:00 (2.25 hours)
  • Summer Hours
    • Mon-Fri (8:30 – 22:00)
      • Session 1:  8:30:00  – 10:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 2:  10:30:01 – 12:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 3:  12:30:01 – 14:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 4:  14:30:01 – 16:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 5:  16:30:01 – 18:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 6:  18:30:01 – 20:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 7:  20:30:01 – 21:45:00 (1.25 hours)
    • Saturdays (8:30 – 19:00)
      • Session 1:  8:30:00  – 10:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 2:  10:30:01 – 12:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 3:  12:30:01 – 14:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 4:  14:30:01 – 16:30:00 (2 hours)
      • Session 5:  16:30:01 – 18:45:00 (2.25 hours)

Check-in & Check-out

Users are required to log in to their reserved PC with their NetPassword and NetPassword within 10 minutes after the reserved session starts.

If users do not check in within the first 10 minutes, their reserved sessions will be cancelled and the PC will be released for booking by other users.

Users are required to log out the PCs to end the session before they leave.  Reminders will be popped up on the PC screen at the last 10, 5, 2 minutes before the current session expires to alert users to save their files.  The current user will be automatically logged out and the PC will return to the login page for the next session once the current session expires.

Note that the above check-in and check-out requirement does NOT apply to Macintosh computers.  Users who have booked the Macintosh computers can directly use them in the Multimedia Commons (3/F) without having to check in.

Rules of Using Computers

  • Users should use their own account to make bookings. Using others’ accounts or lending your account to others to make bookings is strictly prohibited. Offenders are subject to disciplinary action.
  • The PCs are expected to be used by users who have placed the reservation.  All reservations are not transferable.
  • Users are expected to use the PCs during their reserved session and should not leave the PC unattended for too long.  Except for Macintosh computers, they are advised to log out and release the PC to other users if they no longer need to work on the reserved PC. The Library reserves the right to remove any unattended belongings from their desk and release the PC to other users if it is left unattended for over 30 minutes.  The Library will not be responsible for any loss or damage of their belongings and files.
  • Users should not connect the PCs with their own equipment without the prior consent of the Library staff.
  • The PCs are provided to support learning, teaching and research only.  Users should observe the Library Regulations, in particular the followings, when using the Library.  Any violations may result in termination of their use privileges of PCs.
  • 4.16   The use of Internet resources in the Library is for the interest and information of the Library community. The Library advocates a policy on intellectual freedom and thus will not proscribe, censor, or remove information or websites because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. However, Internet users in the Library have a responsibility to be aware of materials that may be objectionable to others when using computer facilities in public areas. Internet users should not use public library computers and printers to display or print materials that might be defined as harassing or obscene. The University Librarian or his designated representative shall have the authority to relocate or remove such users.
  • 4.17   Use of e-resources: Unfair use of copyright works or violation of license agreements may result in the termination of access to e-resources for the entire University community. Activities including, but not limited to, excessive/systematic downloading or access via robotic tools are strictly prohibited. Legal action will be taken by the copyright owner. The University has the right to hold the user liable on an indemnity basis for any claims, liabilities, costs and damages the University may suffer as a result of any infringement.
  • The Library cannot guarantee the security of your personal belongings, and will not be responsible for items lost or stolen at the PC workstations.
  • The Library reserves the right to allocate any available PC to a user, or remove PCs from service as needed (for maintenance purposes, projects, etc.)