PolyU graduates can either apply for (1) Library Card (Graduate) or (2) Off-campus Access Library Membership (Graduate) with different Library privileges as shown below:

  Library Card (Graduate) Off-campus Access Library Membership (Graduate)
On-site Access Yes No
Borrowing Privileges Yes No
In-house Use of selected e-Resources Yes No
Off-campus Access to selected e-Resources Yes Yes

Details of the application fees and procedures can be found at the e-forms.

Loan Period, Quota and Fines

Material Type Loan Period Loan Quota Maximum
Fines Hold
Books 28 days 15 84 days* $2/day  5 (including books and AV items (7-day loan))
AV Items # Hourly loan AV items including Reserve AV items (3 hours) 2 Nil $2/hour
Popular Movies & drama series (3 days) Nil $5/day 
Other AV items (7 days) 21 days*
Reserve Books 24 hours / 7 days 4 Nil Hourly loans: $2/hour;
7-day loans:

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

* 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. Late returns / renewals are liable to fines.

Library Notices

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

Quiet Study Areas

Quiet, individual study spaces are available on 5/F, 4/F, 1/F, and in L003 on G/F. Conversations in whispered voices are allowed but should be kept to a minimum.

Group Discussion Areas

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

  • G/F Group Study Zone & 4/F i-Space are furnished to support group study activities.
  • 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 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.


Eligible to use the PCs (excluding PCs located in 3/F Multimedia Commons and 4/F i-Space) available on all floors of the Library on a walk-in basis. NetID is required to log in. Please refer to NetID & NetPassword for details.

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 binding and lamination services is also available at the 4/F i-Space. Materials could be purchase via Technical Support Desk, payment by Octopus card is accepted.

Wi-Fi Services

For PolyU alumni who graduated after April 2011, please follow the wireless LAN setup and login procedure in the ITS website to connect your notebook and mobile device to PolyU Wi-Fi network. For PolyU alumni who graduated before April 2011, you are required to register for an alumni NetID in order to access the PolyU Wi-Fi network. A free Wi-Fi service by Wi-Fi.HK is also provided to the general public. To connect, please refer to these set-up instructions.

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.

Off-campus Access

Log in with your Alumni NetID and Net Password to access selected databases with off-campus access code "A". The list of selected e-resources and access arrangement is subject to change by the Library without prior notice.

Guides & Tutorials

The starting place for research and study. Get tips and links to Library tools and resources to begin your research in any subject.

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.