Academic, Research & Administrative Staff

Loan Period, Quota and Fines

Material Type Loan Period Loan Quota Maximum
Renewal*
Fines Hold

Books

1 term§ (excl. Reserve books & other short-term items) 60 N/A¤ $2/day  15 (including PolyU books and AV items (7-day loan))

HKALL Books +

30 days 30 (quota includes both loans and holds at any one time) 90 days*

AV Items#

Popular Movies & drama series (3 days) 8 Nil $5/day 
Other AV items (7 days) 21 days*

Reserve Books

60 hours / 7 days 6 Nil Hourly loans: $2/hour;
7-day loans:
$2/day 
Nil
i-Space digital equipment 1 day 3 Nil $10/day Nil

+ - HKALL books are for use by current PolyU staff and students on all programmes leading to PolyU awards only. 

# - Some AV items have been restricted for in-house use only due to very high user demand, copyright restrictions, technical limitations or at the request of teaching staff.

§ Due for return one week before a new semester starts. All loans are subject to recall. Late returns are liable to fines.

* - Items may be renewed any number of times from the date of the initial check-out until the due date reaches the limit of the "maximum renewal period", if the item is not recalled or requested by another user. All loans are subject to recall. Late return are liable to fines.

¤ Renewal of term loan items is available 1 month before the term loan due date if no requests or recall on the items. Due date of successful renewals would be the next term loan due date. 

HKALL

Use HKALL to search for books that are not available at PolyU Library. If a title is available for borrowing from another Hong Kong academic library, simply request the book online and have it delivered to PolyU Library for pick-up.

Off-campus Access

Get off-campus access to most databases and e-books through the Library website using your NetID and NetPassword.

Library Notices

Due date reminder, overdue, recall, reservation pick-up, and other Library notices will be emailed to your official PolyU email account by default. 

PolyU Institutional Research Archive

PolyU Institutional Research Archive (PIRA) is an online platform that actively collects and disseminates the research and scholarly outputs created by the PolyU community. Submit your final accepted manuscript to PIRA to increase the accessibility and visibility of your research outputs.

EndNote

EndNote is a powerful reference management tool that helps you collect and organize your references over your research projects. Effortlessly insert in-text citations and generate bibliographies for a paper or presentation. Guidance on adopting and using EndNote is provided on the Library EndNote Guide or through one of our open Library workshops.

Researcher Profiles

Well-managed researcher profiles can increase the visibility of your research outputs. We have worked out good practices that you can follow in managing your author profiles like ORCID and Scopus Author ID. Contact us for a personalized consultation.

Research Visibility

Raising the visibility of your research outputs will increase the chances for your works to be discovered, accessed, used and cited, thus increasing the influence and impact of your research. You are welcome to contact us for more information.

Researchers@Library

A one-stop guide for you to gain easy access to information at different stages of your research cycle: Preparing Your Research, Doing Research Project, Publishing Your Work, and Publicizing Your Work.

Citation Search Services

Contact your Faculty Librarian and send us a request form with your publication list. We will issue a certification letter with verified citation search results based on information from Web of Science or Scopus databases.

Faculty Librarians

Faculty Librarians are always ready to provide personalized assistance to support your teaching, learning and research activities.

i-Spaces

Located on the 3/F and 4/F North Wing, the i-Space is an experiential learning space for students from all disciplines. The i-Space is equipped with digital facilities to help students develop a spirit of innovation.
Highlights of the digital facilities:

  • The VR Experience Zone provides you with entry-level virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays to experience 360˚ videos and other VR applications.
  • The IoT Corner provides you with the tools, sensors, and mainboards to create intelligent Internet of Things (IoT) devices to capture data from the environment.
  • 3D Scanners help you to capture real world object into digital model that can be used to construct 3D image in Virtual Reality.
  • The Digtial Makerspace is installed with easy-to-use digital fabrication tools, including a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, a large-format printer and 3D printers, to help you prototype your ideas.
  • The Digital Studio provides a 4K video camcorder and professional lighting equipment to support audio and video recording.
  • The Digital Visualisation Room is equipped with a high-speed PC and video wall to display high resolution graphics on a multi-monitor setup.

24 Hour Study Centre

24-Hour Study Centre (G/F) is equipped with project rooms and collaborative spaces for group work, as well as individual study spaces for quiet study. After Library opening hours, PolyU students and staff may enter the 24-Hour Study Centre via the Core E entrance.

3/F Research Carrels

3/F Research Carrels are designated to support your private study. Self-check carrels can be reserved one day in advance via the iBooking system.

Group Discussion Areas

Group Discussion Areas support discussion and collaboration within designated areas in the Library:

  • G/F Group Study Zones & 4/F i-Space are furnished to support group study activities.
  • 3/F Group Viewing Rooms & G/F Project Rooms are equipped with whiteboards & LED monitors to help students plan and prepare for presentations.
  • The P/F Multipurpose Hall is an enclosed area for quiet discussion.

Current Awareness Centre

Current Awareness Centre, a comfortable lounge area located near the Library entrance, is designed to bring you easy access to new books, the latest issues of popular magazines and daily newspapers, and the PolyU Reads Collection for leisure reading.

LibCafé@PolyU

LibCafé@PolyU is an ideal spot to take a break and refresh your mind while inside the Library. The LibCafé provides a lively and simulating atmosphere for social interaction and ideas exchange. An ample selection of food, beverage and snacks are served at a discount to students.

Computers, Laptops & Tablets

Book one of the hundreds of desktop computers available at the Library, each installed with popular software applications, using the online iBooking system. To further support individual and group study at the Library, computing equipment such as notebook PCs, MacBooks, tablets, and various computer accessories are available for short term loan at the self-service kiosk in 4/F i-Space.

Printing, Scanning & Copying

Find black-and-white printers and photocopiers on every floor of the Library; some of the machines support colour printing and scanning. Access to thermal binder and lamination services is also available at the Technical Support Desk. Payment by Octopus card is accepted.

Wi-Fi Services

Look for the PolyUWLAN wifi network from the list of networks detected on your notebook or mobile device. Refer to the PolyU ITS website if you need help getting connected.

Notebook/Mobile Printing

You can print directly from your personal notebook or mobile device once you are connected to the Library’s wifi network. Notebook/Mobile Printer Drivers (Android or iOS) are available on the Library website; simply install the driver on your devices.

Battery Recharging

If your mobile device is low on battery, drop by the Battery Recharging Station on P/F, 4/F and 5/F for a quick charge.

Request Library Workshops

Contact your Faculty Librarian to arrange a customized workshop. Librarians can introduce students to research strategies and information resources relevant to a specific discipline or course assignment.

Recommend Course Readings

Send us your list of course readings to ensure your students have easy access. Our staff will purchase the items not currently held at the Library, and create an annotated list with hyperlinks to records on the OneSearch catalogue. Students will easily be able to locate textbooks and reference readings under the Course Readings Databases on the Library homepage.

InfoLit for U (MOOC)

Get your students enroll in this massive open online course (MOOC) to equip them with the skills to face the challenges of 21st century information use. Co-developed by the 8 UGC-funded university libraries and led by PolyU Library, the course presents specific information scenarios to engage students from different disciplines. Through videos, exercises, and built-in toolkits, this course will help students to develop information skills and to make the most of their learning in University and beyond.

Copyright

The University regards copyright infringement as a serious offense. Refer to the comprehensive guidelines for using copyrighted materials in the Library website to avoid violating the statutory regulation.

JULAC Library Card

Apply for the JULAC Library Card to enter other UGC-funded academic libraries and enjoy borrowing privileges. Bring a digital photo (passport quality) to the P/F Loan & Return Counter. Application is free of charge. (Note: For full-time academic, research and administration staff of equivalent status only)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery Services

Request research literature not held at PolyU Library through the online ILL system. We will initiate a search for the item from our partner libraries..

Have questions about using the Library’s resources and services? The Library can help you in the following ways:

Enquiry Counter (P/F)

Get instant assistance from our colleague in person or call us at 2766-6863.

WhatsApp Enquiry Service

Send us a WhatsApp at 6423-0820, and we will respond between 9am and 7pm (Monday to Saturday) and 12 noon to 7pm (Sunday) when the Library is open.

Online Enquiry

Send questions through the online form.

Information Consultancy Service

Make an appointment with your Faculty Librarians for more in-depth Library research assistance.