Undergraduate Students

Loan Period, Quota and Fines

Material Type Loan Period Loan Quota


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 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)

Looking for a place to work with your classmates around the clock? 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.

Research Carrels (3/F)

3/F Research Carrels are designated to support your private study. Use the online iBooking system to reserve specific research carrels one day in advance. A carrel that is unoccupied 10 minutes after the session starts can also be booked by walk-in UG students.

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 the 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.

Request Library Workshops

If your are interested in a topic that is not covered in the workshops currently offered, depending on the number of students, we may arrange an Information Consultancy Session or a Library Workshop on a specific topic of your research need upon your request.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services

You may request journal articles from local or overseas libraries if they are not held at the PolyU Library. All requests must be endorsed by the lecturers.


Find quick tips and pathways of Library materials 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.


Have trouble creating a reference list for your research paper? EndNote is the reference management too that helps you gather, manage, store and share citations, as well as create bibliographies in various citation styles of your choice.


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.

Notebook/Mobile Printing

Print from your personal notebook PCs to black and white printers after installing the printer driver available at Library Homepage and logging onto PolyUWLAN network. Wi-Fi printing from Android or iOS mobile devices is also available on selected printers.

Off-campus Access

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

JULAC Reader’s Card

With this card you can access other UGC-funded academic libraries and use their collections in-house. A registration fee will be charged by each host library annually. To apply, bring a passport size photo (soft copy) to the Loan & Return Counter of PolyU Library. (Note: For UGC-funded undergraduate degree students only)

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.