Location of Library Materials



The Yu Chun Keung Medical Library book and audio-visual materials are classified and shelved according to the Dewey Classification scheme (western collection) and Library of Congress Classification scheme (Chinese collection). Journals are arranged alphabetically by title. Call numbers and location symbols on spine labels are adhered to each item for identification of the item.

The location symbols for the Library are as follows;

M Book Collection
MH Historical collection
MLB Large book collection
MP Pamphlet collection
MR Reference Collection
MRS Abstracts/Indexes
MRX Old reference books in remote storage
MS Journal collection
MSX Old journals in remote storage
MW WHO collection
MX Old book collection in remote storage


Western medical books are arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification scheme. The more current and heavily-used titles are shelved in open stacks on G/F. Large books which cannot be accommodated on normal shelves are kept at the end of the collection. Older, less utilized stock is housed in off-campus storage facility. These can be retrieved by filling in an online Hing Wai Collection Request Form.


Journals are arranged alphabetically by title. Current issues are shelved on G/F and bound volumes in compact shelving behind the current issues. Pre-1981 bound volumes and some non-current sets are kept in remote storage, and can be retrieved by filling in an online Hing Wai Collection Request Form. Electronic full-text access to a large number of journals is available via the Library Web page. Detailed information about specific titles in the journal collection can be obtained via Dragon: HKU Library Online Catalogue.

Listings of current journals arranged by title and by subject have been compiled and may be accessed via the Library web page.

Chinese Medicine Collection

Our rapidly growing collection of Chinese medicine books are classified according to Library of Congress Classification scheme and are shelved separately on the Mezzanni. Current journals are filed in periodical section and bound journals in compact shelves behind the current periodicals while pre- 1996 volumes are stored off-site in Hing Wai. We have The Complete Collection of Traditional Texts on Chinese Materia Medica (中國本草全書), a classic in Chinese medicine. Our e-resources on Chinese medicin is also expanding. Current awareness and indexing databases (CMCC, CMAC, CBMDisc) are available on workstations at the Knowledge Navigation Centre. In 1998, FPS Library initiated subscription to Tsinghua University's China Journal Net which provides excellent electronic resource of core TCM full-text journals, totaling over 7,000 e-titles.

Reserve Collection

Course-related textbooks, readings, reference works and course notes recommended by academic staff are available for short loan or in-house use. These are kept in closed access behind the Circulation counter. Electronic reserve with full-text images of articles is also available via the Library Web page. Teaching staff may request online for materials to be placed on reserve.

Electronic Resources

A wide range of electronic resources on health sciences is available including reference, bibliographic and full-text databases as well as e-books and e-journals. E-resources can be accessed at the Knowledge Navigation Centre, CALLab; remotely from staff offices, student residences, at home; or anywhere in the Library using wireless technology.

Media Resources

The collection is shelved in closed stacks behind the counter and comprises a wide variety of formats: DVDs, compact and video discs, audio and video tapes, multimedia packages, computer software, slide sets, filmstrips, microform, etc. The Library also provides streaming media on the Web through our Video on Demand system for instructional purpose and viewing from multimedia workstations at the Knowledge Navigation Centre.

Hong Kong Materials

The Library's Hong Kong collection includes major reports, local journals and other publications relating to medicine and health in Hong Kong. Reference materials on Hong Kong and China are shelved at the beginning of the Reference Section. Books and journals are interfiled with the main collection.

World Health Organization (WHO) Depository Collection

The Yu Chun Keung Medical Library receives, as a depository, major WHO publications, including those produced by various regional offices. WHO books bear a blue WHO spine label and are shelved in a separate sequence on G/F adjacent to the Photocopy Room. WHO pamphlets, large books, audio-visual materials and journals are interfiled with the main collection. A link to the WHO web site where the full text of the latest news, reports and documents can be accessed online.

Past Exam Papers

Past Medical Faculty examination papers can be found in the MRS section of the compact shelving. They may also be downloaded from EXAMBASE, an image database on the campus network.


Pamphlets are shelved in closed stacks and may be borrowed for short term loan at the Circulation Counter.

Medical Staff Publications

Printed staff publications including books, reports, and bound volumes of earlier papers are shelved at the Reference Section. Copies of the latest staff publications are displayed on the bulletin board. A Medical Staff Publications Database has been created, accessible from the Medical Library web page.

Recreational Reading

A small collection of popular books, magazines and newspapers for recreational reading are available on the mezzanine floor adjacent to the Faculty Reading Area.