Postgraduate Students

Loan Period, Quota and Fines

Material Type Loan Period Loan Quota Maximum
Fines Hold


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 15 (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:
i-Space digital equipment Please click here for details.

+ 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 to 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.

* 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.

¤ 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.


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. 


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 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

Eligible to use Walk-in & Guest Public PCs at all floors, they are installed with popular software applications. You may also access to special software via Bookable PC on 3/F & 4/F North Wing, it is available for booking using the online iBooking system. For using computers in other area of the Library, Notebook PCs, MacBooks, iPad, iPad Pro with Pencils, and various computer accessories are available for loan at the self-service kiosk at 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.


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.


EndNote is a powerful reference management tool that lets you effortlessly insert in-text citations and generate bibliographies for your assignment. It also helps you to collect and organize your references used during your study in PolyU. Learn how to use EndNote through the Library EndNote Guide or join the Library workshops for effective assignment writing with the required citation style.

Library Workshops & Tours

Learn how to make strategic and effective use of information resources by attending face-to-face workshops. To meet specific needs, you may also request an Information Consultancy Session or a Library Workshop on the use of information relevant to a specific course project. Don’t forget to join a Library Tour to discover our new facilities and services, so that you can make the best use of them!

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.


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 UGC-funded postgraduate degree students, UGC-funded postgraduate non-degree students, or PolyU’s self-financed postgraduate degree students 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.

Research Consultation Service

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

For current year graduates, library privileges are extended up to 15 March for those confirmed with graduation status before 16 March, or 30 September for those confirmed the status between 16 March to 30 September, or upon the expiry of their student identity cards, whichever is earlier.