Retired Academic Staff

Loan Period, Quota and Fines

Material Type Loan Period Loan Quota Renewal Fines Hold


Term loans (i.e. one week before a new semester starts) 60 2 $2/day (1-6 days)
$3/day (7-42 days)
15 (including PolyU books, AV items (7-day loan))

AV Items#

Popular Movies & drama series (3 days) 8 2 (only for items on 7-day loan) $5/day (1-6 days)
$10/day (7-15 days)
Other AV items (7 days)

Reserve Books

60 hours / 7 days 6 Nil Hourly loans: $2/hour;
7-day loans:
$2/day (1-6 days)
$3/day (7-42 days)

Research Carrels

1 day 1 Nil $30/day Nil

# - 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.

Library Notices

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

Copiers, Printers, Scanners

Black & white photocopiers and printers can be found on all floors, while colour printers and scanners are located on 3/F. 3D printer, large format plotters, thermal binders, lamination services are also available at the Technical Support Desk in 3/F Research Enhancement Centre. Octopus cards are accepted for payment.

Group Discussion Areas

Discussion Zone 1 & 2 (G/F) are furnished with furniture for groups work. Group Viewing Rooms at 3/F Multimedia Commons are equipped with projectors or LED monitors for presentation preparation. The Multipurpose Hall (P/F) and Research Lounge (5/F) are also available for quiet discussion.

Research Carrels

Over 130 individual research carrels are designated for your private study. Self-check carrels on the 3/F can be reserved in advance via iBooking System, while other carrels on the 4/F and 5/F are for loan on first-come-first-served basis at the Circulation Counter (P/F).

Current Awareness Centre

A lounge-type environment with easy access to new books on display, latest issues of popular magazines, daily newspapers, and PolyU Reads Collection.


Need a break to refresh your mind? LibCafe provides you with a lively and stimulating atmosphere for social interaction and idea exchange. A wide selection of food, beverages and snacks are served at a discount.

Have questions on using Library resources? The Library can help you in the following ways:

Research Help Desk

Ask a librarian at the Research Enhancement Centre (3/F) or call at 2766-6863.

WhatsApp Enquiry Service

Contact us on WhatsApp at 6423-0820. 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Mon - Sat) and 12:00 nn - 7:00 pm (Sun/public holidays when Library opens). Enquiry received after 7:00 pm will be responded next service day.


Find quick tips through (1) How-to Videos, (2) Did You Know Tips on Library Research and (3) Research Guides on various subjects and topics to kick-start your research papers efficiently.

Online Tutorials

Learn how to make strategic and effective use of information resources from the self-paced online tutorials.


Hundreds of PC workstations are provided for multi-purpose use on various floors. A number of iMacs and PCs with graphics software applications are available on the 3/F. Many of them can be reserved one day in advance via iBooking System.

Wi-Fi Services

A free Wi-Fi service by Wi-Fi.HK is provided to all visitors and the general public. To connect, please refer to this set-up instructions. Wi-Fi services provided by Y5Zone and PCCW are also available in the Library. Subscribers may now connect to the internet through those networks. Non-subscribers may purchase a day pass online for temporary use.

Off-campus Access

Selected e-resources can be accessed off-campus through the Library website with your Library Number and PIN.