Collections

The Main Library comprises a collection on the arts, humanities, architecture, social sciences, and science & technology. It also houses the Special Collections which focuses on Hong Kong materials and other specialised collections including Western rare books on China. The AV Collection holds a collection of audio-visual items on open shelf. Course Reserves materials are held at Self-service Collection room on the 2/F of the Main Library (New Wing).

 

Books & Serials

Books and serials in the Main Library are classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme (DDC) and shelved on different floors by broad subject disciplines. Main Library serials, with call numbers prefixed S or LS , mainly compose of journals, magazines and annual reports. Please refer to the Collection Guide for more details.

Besides the print collection, the Libraries also subscribes to a rapidly growing collection of e-Books and e-Journals available for online access anytime anywhere. These titles can be retrieved by performing a search in Find@HKUL, or browsing at the Electronic Resources web page.

Books & Serials in Storage

To maximise utilization of space, older serials and less used books are kept in storage. To retrieve items from storage, users can simply request the item through Find@HKUL. Delivery requests can be placed on a book or bound journal, or for a particular article. Please visit the quick guide for more details.

Books and bound journals are delivered for pickup at the Main Library or a selected branch library. Articles are scanned and delivered by email. Requests received before 12:30 pm on weekdays can generally be filled on the same day. Requests received after 12:30 pm or on weekends and public holidays will be handled on the following working day. 

Reference Materials

The print collection of reference sources is shelved on different floors by broad subject disciplines which gather collections into one location. This collection mainly composes of dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes and abstracts, bibliographies, directories, and atlases. The collection, which provides quick facts, is for consultation in the libraries only and is not available for loan. CD-ROMs of reference nature are kept at the Information Counter, 3/F of Main Library.

For ease of access, HKUL also provides a reference collection in electronic format. A growing collection of reference materials on the web can be accessed from the Electronic Resources web page under “Reference” where you will find resources classified by information source.

New Books

The new book display on 2/F of Main Library is refreshed every Wednesday. Online browsing of this new collection is available under New Acquisitions List, which provides subject-specific lists of new books and serials processed over the past 4 weeks. Users are welcome to charge out any new books they find interesting on the display shelves.

Leisure Reading Collection

Located at 1/F New Wing, the leisure reading collection is composed of best sellers, fiction, travel guides and hobby books. Call numbers of this collection are prefixed with the letter “B” for English books and “BC” for Chinese books. The general leisure reading collection is on regular loan period while best sellers have a shorter loan period of 14 days only.

Po Chung's Personal Development Collection & Po Chung's CEO Collection

These two collections donated by Mr Chung Po Yang (Po Chung) are shelved on 2/F New Wing. The intention of Mr Chung in offering this collection is to help open people’s minds to “the science of life management and the art of living”.

Course Reserves

Located in the Self-Service Room on 2/F of the Main Library, course reserves are recommended materials by teaching staff for course reading purposes.

  • Items are available for short loan periods from 3 hours up to 7 days
  • Items are arranged by loan period
  • Use the self-check machine in the Self-Service Room to loan course reserves
  • Late returns are subject to overdue fines
  • Scan or make copies in the Self-Service Room, paying attention to copyright

Use “Advanced search” in Find@HKUL to search by course name or course code. 

Contact libav@hku.hk or fill out online reserve books/ articles request form to place materials in course reserves (for teaching staff only). Click for details on print course packs and online course packs.

Audio-Visual Collection

The audio-visual materials, located on 1/F of the Main Library New Wing, comprises a wide variety of formats which include video cassettes (VHS), videodiscs (LD, VCD, DVD), audio-cassette tapes, audio CDs, slides, kits and selected off air programmes from ATV, RTHK and TVB. The collection covers a broad range of subject areas, ranging from educational, documentary, popular to programmes of special interest. The AV collection also contains a wide range of computer-aided learning programmes, simulation programmes and computer packages on CD-ROM, computer optical and floppy disks, allowing users to study various subjects in a multimedia environment. The e-Video provides online access to recorded events such as booktalks and presentations. Find out more from AV Collection webpage.

Teaching staff wishing to facilitate student access to recommended readings can place materials on reserve through different channels. For print materials, simply fill out the online reserve request form or send the course reading list to libav@hku.hk. Alternatively, course packs can be produced in print or electronic format upon request. Click here to find out more.

Special Collections

Special Collections, located on 1/F Main Library New Wing, provides a unique collection of Hong Kong materials, microfilm, rare books and international depository materials such as World Trade Organization. Find out more from the Special Collections webpage.

Depository Collections

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) Depository Collections
    The University Libraries has been designated as an official depository for ADB publications since August 1994. The Collection consists of books, technical papers, annual reports, statistical publications, and public information materials providing a valuable resource for the study and research of economic growth and cooperation in the Asian Pacific region. The ADB publications are shelved with the Main Library collection. 
  • United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) Publications
    UNRISD publications are invaluable to scholars engaged in economic, social and environmental research. As a depository library since 1999, the HKU Libraries has a substantial collection of monographs, reports, statistical information from UNRISD. However, UNRISD no longer dispatches hard copies of its publications in recent years.  UNRISD publications are available on their website downloadable free of charge.
  • World Trade Organization
    The WTO (World Trade Organization) Resource Centre Collection provides a virtual collection of WTO information and publications. Materials published or authored by GATT/WTO are located in the Special Collections. Materials about or relevant to GATT/WTO are shelved according to the subject area in the Main Library or a branch library. For more details, please visit the WTO Resource Centre Collection website.