Postgraduate Students

Loan Period, Quota and Fines

Material Type Loan Period Loan Quota Maximum
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 15 (quota includes both loans and holds at any one time) 90 days*
AV Items# Hourly loan AV items including Reserve AV items (3 hours) 8 Nil $2/hour
Popular Movies & drama series (3 days) 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:
Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services(ILL&DDS) Please click here for details.
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.

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services (ILL&DDS)

Use ILL&DDS to access literature beyond our collection. The Library will source the literature via our partners, agencies, and libraries around the world, and provide access to the requested literature as soon as practicable. Check the requestable items and your quota from the link provided.

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. 

Group Study Spaces

Group Study Spaces support discussion and collaboration within designated areas in the Library:

  • Collaborative spaces in 6/F South Wing, 4/F North Wing (i-Space), 1/F North Wing (inside 24-Hour Study Centre) are open areas designed for working together in groups. Lower your noise when discussing.
  • Group Rooms and Group Viewing Rooms (6/F South Wing, 3/F North Wing, 1/F South Wing, G/F North Wing) are equipped with whiteboards & LED monitors to help students plan and prepare for presentations.
  • Online Meeting Rooms (3/F North Wing), with a capacity of 1-2 persons, can be reserved for online interviews and virtual meetings.

Quiet Study Spaces

Quiet, individual study spaces are available on all floors. Please refrain from talking and ensure that your digital devices don’t disturb others.

i-Space (3/F North Wing and 4/F North Wing)

i-Space is an experimental learning space zoned for inspiration, ideation and implementation. With i-Space facilities, Digital Visualisation Room, Makerspace and Studios, you can build prototypes and develop a spirit of innovation.

24 Hour Study Centre (1/F North Wing)

24-Hour Study Centre provides group study and quiet study spaces in separate areas. During the overnight access period, the Centre is only accessible via the 1/F entrance opposite the Campus Control Centre (P111).

Academic Presentation Spaces

The Forum and The Bubble (6/F South Wing) provide venues for students to present their research progress to peers or rehearse and build confidence for presentation. The Outstanding Work by Students Showcase (P/F) features exceptional student work nominated by PolyU Faculties and Schools.


LibCafé@PolyU is an ideal spot to take a break and refresh your mind while inside the Library. It provides a lively and stimulating atmosphere for social interaction and ideas exchange.

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 Stations on P/F, 4/F, 5/F, 6/F and 1/F 24-Hour Study Centre 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 Using Copyright Materials in Learning and Teaching webpage in the Library website to avoid violating the statutory regulation.

JULAC Library Card

Apply ONLINE for the JULAC Library Card to enter other UGC-funded academic libraries and enjoy borrowing privileges. 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 2766-6863, 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.