Undergraduate Students

Loan Period, Quota and Fines

Material Type Loan Period Loan Quota Hold Maximum
Books 28 days 30 10 (PolyU books and AV items of 7-day loan only) 84 days * $2/day
AV Items # Hourly loan AV items including Reserve AV items (3 hours) 5 N/A $2/hour
Popular Movies & drama series (3 days) N/A $5/day
Other AV items (7 days) 21 days *
Reserve Books 24 hours / 7 days 4 Nil Nil Hourly loans: $2/hour;
7-day loans: $2/day
Interlibrary Loan (Books from local UGC-funded university libraries via HKALL+) 15 days 15 (quota includes loans and requests for books, journal articles or book chapters at any one time) 45 days * $2/day
Interlibrary Loan (Journal Articles / Book Chapters from libraries with reciprocal agreements only) Log into myRecord to download the item within 30 days for a maximum of 5 times N/A N/A
i-Space digital equipment Click here for details

+ Only current PolyU staff and students on all programmes leading to PolyU Awarded Degrees are eligible to HKALL service.

# 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.

* 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.

HKALL & Interlibrary Loan

Use Beyond PolyU (HKALL + Interlibrary Loan) to search for books that are not available at PolyU Library and access literature beyond our collection. If a title is available for borrowing from another local UGC-funded university library, simply request the book online and have it delivered to PolyU Library for pick-up. For journal articles and book chapters, 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. To know more about the Interlibrary Loan service, please check the guide.

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  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.


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.

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.

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!

InfoLit for U (MOOC)

Enroll in this massive open online course (MOOC) to equip yourself with the skills to face the challenges of 21st century information use. Co-developed by the 8 UGC-funded university libraries and led by PolyU Library, the course presents specific information scenarios to engage students from different disciplines. Through videos, exercises, and built-in toolkits, this course will help you develop your information skills and to make the most of your learning in University and beyond.

JULAC Library Card

Apply ONLINE for the JULAC Library Card to enter other UGC-funded academic libraries and use their collections in-house. $50 will be charged by each host library for registration or renewal. (Note: For UGC-funded undergraduate degree students only)

Have questions about using the Library's resources and services? The Library can help you in the following ways:

Service Counter (P/F)

Get instant assistance from our colleagues in person or call us at 2766-6864.

Enquiry Service

Call or Whatsapp us at 2766-6863. Also 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 graduands of taught programmes, library privileges are extended up to 15 March for those confirmed with graduation status between 16 October and 15 March, or 15 July for those confirmed the status between 16 March and 15 July, or 15 October for those confirmed the status between 16 July and 15 October, or upon the expiry of their student cards, whichever is earlier.