4/F Main Library

May 26 2016

Library Closure on Tuen Ng Festival

June 9, 2016 (Thursday) will be a General Holiday.  The University Libraries will be closed on that day.

On that day, the Library Corner on G/F and the Study Zone on Level 3, Main Library, will remain open for the use by CURRENT STAFF and CURRENT STUDENTS ONLY.

For enquiry, please call 2859-2203 or 2859-2202.

 

Best wishes

Peter Sidorko

University Librarian

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May 20 2016

Temporary Closure of Main Library Old Wing in Summer 2016

To: All Library Patrons

To facilitate the removal of asbestos contained in the adhesive underneath the carpet of the Old Wing, the University contractor requires the following floors to be temporarily closed during the periods specified:

Old Wing

Closure Dates

Duration

Affected Materials and

Call Number Range

From

To

1/F

1 June (Wed)

1 July (Fri)

31 days

Books 500 to 599

Books 700 to 799

2/F

17 June (Fri)

23 July (Sat)

37 days

Books 900 to 999

4/F

13 June (Mon)

8 July (Fri)

26 days

Books 001-299

FPS Serials 期 001 to 999

FPS Serials [期] [大期] A to Z

Chinese Rare Books羅, 善, 特, 特C, 特期, etc.

5/F

1 June (Wed)

3 July (Sun)

33 days

FPS Books [中] A to DS740

FPS Large Books [大A] A to Z

FPS Large Series [大C] A to Z

FPS Reference Books [R] A to Z

FPS Large Reference Books [大R] A to Z

6/F

25 June (Sat)

23 July (Sat)

29 days

FPS Books [中] DS741 to Z

Owing to a lack of decanting space in the Main Library and the tight project schedule, we are unable to move books out of the affected floors while the removal work is in progress.  Instead, we will securely wrap the bookshelves in protective sheets and only allow authorized contractors to access the work sites in accordance with the environmental and building legislation in Hong Kong.  As a result, lending services of the affected library collections have to be suspended during the closure dates indicated.

We understand that the temporary service suspension will inevitably bring inconvenience to library patrons.  To minimise this inconvenience, we strongly advise that you borrow the materials you need before the scheduled closure.  Requests for materials kept on the work sites will be filled as far as possible by interlibrary loans from other local/overseas libraries.  Items belonging to the affected floors should continue to be returned according to the due dates.  However, returned items will be stored in a special storage pending re-shelving and no loan service will be provided for them until re-opening of the affected floor.

A dedicated library webpage (http://lib.hku.hk/aaw) has been created to provide up-to-date progress of the above works.  Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.  For inquiries, please contact us at 2859-2202 (Lending Services) or 2859-2215 (Interlibrary Loans).

Thank you very much for your tolerance to the above building works which will make the Main Library a better place for learning in future.

Mr Peter Sidorko

University Librarian

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May 16 2016

New fee for library cards

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New fee for library cards

With the introduction of the 7-byte University Smart Card, the charge for new library cards will be adjusted from $35 to $50 with effect from 1 July 2016.   The card categories subject to this new fee are listed below for reference:

  • Graduate borrower’s card
  • Graduate reader’s card
  • HKU Staff Spouse/Dependent Children Card (For applicants without a HKU Facilities Access Card)
  • HKU SPACE temporary/part-time staff and student library card
  • Centennial College temporary/part-time staff and student library card
  • Temporary library card for external visitors

For inquiries, please contact the Lending Services Division at 2859-2202.

Peter Sidorko

University Librarian

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May 04 2016

Two Exhibitions will be held at the Refurbished Atrium at The University of Hong Kong Main Library

The Main Library will present two concurrent exhibitions at the refurbished 2/F Atrium/Exhibitions Area of the Main Library. The refurbished Atrium/Exhibitions Area is part of the Main Library’s new 2/F Main Entrance construction. Though the new entrance is in its final completion phase, the Atrium/Exhibitions Area is ready for its first exhibitions, Reading the City – Library Architecture in Germany – an interpretation of prominent library buildings and urban culture in Germany in drawings by Fabio Barilari 16 May – 3 June 2016 and Preserving the Past, Informing the Future Exhibition of the “Deacons Archives” 16 May – 30 June 2016.

  Reading The City - Library Architecture in Germany Exhibition (16 May - 3 June, The Atrium, 2/F Main Library)
Reading the City – Library Architecture in Germany – an interpretation of prominent library buildings and urban culture in Germany in drawings by Fabio Barilari

In coordination with the Goethe-Institut Hongkong (sic) Library, the Main Library will present Reading the City – Library Architecture in Germanyan interpretation of prominent library buildings and urban culture in Germany in drawings by Fabio Barilari.

Italian architect Fabio Barilari visited several German cities with support from the Goethe-Institut in 2013 and 2015. During his travels he executed several drawings and sketches in which he interprets urban and library architecture. The exhibition shows a selection of his works along with additional information, short interviews with the library directors and quotes from talks with library users.

“In the digital era, libraries are no longer considered to be book repositories but have evolved into places where people can slow down, allow creativity to guide their focus, where available analogue and digital knowledge can converge“ (Text from Preface to exhibition by Klaus Ulrich Werner)
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 Deacons Archives exhibition (16 May - 30 June, The Atrium, 2/F Main Library)

Preserving the Past, Informing the Future

Exhibition of the “Deacons Archives”

The Deacons Archives contains the bulk of the early surviving records of Deacons and its predecessors, including client deeds and papers, wills and probate, deceased estate client files, powers of attorney, business contracts and agreements, certificates, legal correspondence, accounting records, and more. The date range for the Archives is from 1846 to 2007, with a bulk date range between 1880s and 1950s. This surely provides valued information reflecting the social and economic conditions of Hong Kong particularly in the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.

This exhibition intends to convey the depth, breadth and richness of the Archives’ holdings. The documents on display are various types of records relating to The University of Hong Kong, wills of local renowned entrepreneurs, land lease and land sale deeds, and other intriguing records ranging from the 1900s to the 1960s. A number of damaged documents which have been repaired and restored by our Preservation and Conservation team are also on display, along with images to illustrate the different repair processes.

Deacons is Hong Kong’s premier law firm and provides an extensive range of legal and commercial services to local and international businesses. With roots in Hong Kong beginning in 1851, it has long and distinguished histories coupled with influential and prominent partners and clients. The firm’s archival records can help develop connections within our communities, commemorate and encourage philanthropic activities, and contribute to Hong Kong society’s understanding of itself.

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Apr 22 2016

Technology System Maintenance on 23 April between 23:00 and 23:30

Published by at 12:19 pm under Breaking News

Date & time: 23rd April, 23:00 to 23:30

Service affected:

  • Digital Initiatives: BRO and eVideo
  • E-forms
    • Dental Library Reserve Materials Request Form
    • Education Library Reserve Materials Request Form
    • Email Information Services Form
    • HKUL Circle of Friends Membership Form
    • JULAC CARD Registration Station (JCRS) program
    • JULAC Card System-2-INNOPAC
    • Law Library Reserve Materials Request Form
    • Law Postgraduate Study Room Application Form
    • Leadership Institute Application Form
    • Library Instruction Request Form
    • Medical Library Reserve Materials Request Form
    • Music Library Reserve Materials Request Form
    • Research Consultation Appointment Form

 

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Apr 21 2016

Book talk: Heroes & Gamblers – Tales of survival and good fortune of the Poy Family

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Speaker: The Honourable Dr Vivienne Poy
Moderator: Professor C. F. Lee, GBS, SBS, JP, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of HKU
Date : 7 May 2016 (Saturday)
Time : 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Venue : Special Collections, 1/F, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong
Language : English
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About the Speaker

20160507-BT-VPoy.jpg The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto, an author of non-fiction and a historian. In 1998, she was the first Canadian of Asian heritage to be appointed to the Senate of Canada where she focused on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration, and human rights. She retired from the Senate in September 2012, and continues to be actively involved with communities across Canada. She travels extensively and has special interest in the study of Chinese diaspora.

About the Book

20160507-BT-book.jpg A panoramic account of Chinese diaspora in Australia and North America during the 19th and 20th centuries, from the perspectives of the Poy family.

Readers will experience life of the Chinese in the goldfields in Australia at the height of the White Australia Policy, the horrors of the Second World War and of heroism, the life of high society in Hong Kong and the Japanese invasion, filled with spies and infiltrators.

The turbulent events of the Chinese civil war, the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, and the subsequent Cultural Revolution, are felt through the suffering of family members who remained in China.

As luck would have it, due to wartime diplomatic bungling, one member of the Poy clan entered Canada with his family during Chinese Exclusion, where they eventually remained and prospered.

This is the story of a family from the village of Shuizaikou, where the streams meet, in Taishan county in south China.
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About the Guest Speakers

20160507-GS-HenryYu.jpg Professor Henry Yu

Principal, St. John’s College, University of British Columbia

20160507-GS-JanalineOh.jpg Madame Janaline Oh

Deputy Consul General of Australia in Hong Kong

20160507-GS-FrankChing.jpg Mr Frank Ching

Author and Renowned Journalist

For more information and to register, go to: http://lib.hku.hk/friends/reading_club/bt2016_04.html

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Apr 05 2016

Book Talk – When True Love Came to China, 14 April 2016

Speaker:  Ms. Lynn Pan

Date:   14 April 2016 (Thursday)

Time:  6:30 to 8:00pm Venue:  Special Collections, 1/F, Main Library, HKU

Language:  English

Moderator: Dr Binbin Yang, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong

Registration: http://lib.hku.hk/friends/reading_club/bt2016_03.html

About the author:

Lynn Pan was born in Shanghai and educated in London and Cambridge, England. She is the author of more than a dozen books on China and the Chinese diaspora, including Shanghai Style; Tracing It Home; and Sons of the Yellow Emperor, the winner of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize.

About the book:

Most people suppose that the whole world knows what it is to love; that romantic love is universal, quintessentially human. Such a supposition has to be able to meet three challenges. It has to justify its underlying assumption that all cultures mean the same thing by the word ‘love’ regardless of language. It has to engage with the scholarly debate on whether or not romantic love was invented in Europe and is uniquely Western. And it must be able to explain why early twentieth-century Chinese writers claimed that they had never known true love, or love by modern Western standards. By addressing these three challenges through a literary, historical, philosophical, biographical and above all comparative approach, this highly original work shows how love’s profile in China shifted with the rejection of arranged marriages and concubinage in favour of free individual choice, monogamy and a Western model of romantic love. (www.hkupress.org/book/9789888208807.htm)

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Mar 11 2016

WiFi network maintenance on 2/F New Wing, Main Library on 12 March 2016

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WiFi network on 2/F New Wing, Main Library will be suspended for system maintenance from 9:00am to 11:00am on 12 March 2016 (Saturday)

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Feb 23 2016

Find It@HKUL maintenance on 6 March 2016

Published by at 9:44 am under Breaking News

Find It@HKUL will be suspended for system maintenance from 6:00am to 8:00am on 6 March 2016 (Sunday).

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Feb 19 2016

Libraries’ Stored Value Cards will no longer be refunded after 30 June 2016.

Published by at 11:54 am under Breaking News

Important Message from the Libraries

The remaining value on the Libraries’ Stored Value Cards will no longer be refunded after 30 June 2016.

Please approach the Circulation Counter in Main Library for refunds or contact 2859-2202 for enquiries.

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