General Staff

Loan Period, Quota and Fines

Material Type Loan Period Loan Quota Maximum
Fines Hold


28 days 30 84 days* $2/day  10 (including PolyU books and AV items (7-day loan))

HKALL Books +

15 days 15 (quota includes both loans and holds at any one time) 45 days*

AV Items #

Popular Movies & drama series (3 days) 5 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:
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.

* - 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.


Can’t find the book you’re looking for in OneSearch? The book you need is unavailable because it has been borrowed by other users? Check HKALL to see whether the title is available for borrowing in other Hong Kong academic libraries, and simply submit an online request to have the book delivered to the PolyU Library for your pick-up.

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.

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 4/F i-Space. Octopus cards are accepted for payment.

24-Hour Study Centre (G/F)

This 24x7 centre is equipped with project rooms and collaborative area to support group work. After Library closes, PolyU staff and students may enter the centre via Core E entrance.

Group Discussion Areas

Group Study 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.

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:


Go to the Enquiry Counter (P/F) (Tel: 2766 6863) or send us your questions via WhatsApp (6423 0820) or Enquiries & Suggestions form.

Information Consultancy Service

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

Workshops & Online Tutorials

Learn how to make strategic and effective use of information resources by attending face-to-face workshops or self-paced online tutorials.


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.


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 and 4/F. Many of them can be reserved one day in advance  via iBooking System.

Notebook Computers / Tablets Loan

A number of notebook PCs, macbooks, and tablets are provided for short term loan to support collaborative and individual study in the Library.

Wi-Fi Services

Follow the wireless LAN setup and login procedure in the ITS website to connect your notebook and mobile device to PolyU Wi-Fi network.

Mobile Access

Connect to Library resources anytime, anywhere, via the official iPolyU App, AirPAC (the mobile Library Catalogue), or mobile friendly databases optimized for your handheld devices.

Off-campus Access

Most e-resources can be accessed off-campus through the Library website with your NetID and NetPassword.