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Q1: How many books can I borrow?

Q2: Where can I checkout books?

Q3: Where can I return books to the library?

Q4: Can I renew books online?

Q5: Can I request for books borrowed by others?

Q6: Can I pick up a Medical Library book in the Main Library?

Q7: What if my books are overdue?

Q8: Can I request books from other libraries?


A1: The number of items that may be borrowed and the loan period vary based on the borrower's status and the type of material. For instance, academic staff at HKU can borrow up to 400 books for 180 days while HKU postgraduate 180 books for 120 days and an undergraduate 60 books for 60 days.



A2: Books can either be borrowed at the circulation counters or through the self-check stations. Do remember to bring along your Student/ Staff/ Facilities Access Card.


A3: All borrowed items must be returned on or before the due date. Fines will be imposed for late returns.

  • Items with loan periods of 15 days or more can be returned to any of the HKU Libraries. For example, a Medical Library book on 30-day loan can be returned via the Main Library.
  • Short loans items (14 days or less), such as audio-visual materials, serials, and course reserves materials have to be returned to the service point from which they were borrowed.

Book drops and automated book returns are available at the entrance of selected libraries. The following materials must be returned to the service point from which they were borrowed:

  • Audio-visual items
  • Equipment
  • Items with accompanying materials
  • Items with poor condition
  • Items from Interlibrary loan
  • Items with loan periods of 7 days or less
  • Items from Special Collections
  • Music scores
  • Manually loaned items



A4: Yes. Renewals can be made from the MyAccount@HKUL in Find@HKUL. Please login with your HKU Portal UID/ Library card number and PIN. Renewals can be made unless another patron has a hold or you have reached the maximum loan period with renewals.



A5: You can sign in to Find@HKUL to place a hold on books that have been borrowed by others. The item will then be recalled and the current borrower duly notified. Loan period for the recalled item may be shortened and the borrower will need to return the item by the new due date. You will promptly be notified once the item is available.



A6: An interbranch delivery service operates between on-campus and off-campus libraries. Log in to Find@HKUL to request interbranch delivery of eligible items. The book will be delivered to your selected library and you will be notified to pick it up.



A7: Overdues are subject to fines on a scale laid down by the Senate Library Committee. Although the Libraries sends out reminder notices via email, you should not rely on these channels only. You must check your Library Account regularly.



A8: Eligible users can request items from other local and overseas institutions via Interlibrary loan (ILL) and Article Delivery Services by logging in to Find@HKUL.