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Inter-branch Delivery Services

This is a free service enabling all library borrowers to request books to be delivered between libraries at the different locations as listed in the table below:

A. Main
B. Meng Wah
C.1. Centennial
C.2. Centennial
D. Prince Philip
Dental Hospital
E. Sassoon
Main Library
Fung Ping Shan Library
Education Library Law Library Music Library Dental Library Medical Library


  • HKU Libraries books

Books residing in the Main Library will be delivered to any of the Branch Libraries for pickup upon requests. Similarly, books from a Branch Library can be transferred to another Branch Library or the Main Library for pickup. To submit a request, click on “Request this copy” button in “Get it” tab and choose preferred pick up location in order to place an inter-branch delivery request.

check icon Terms of use

  1. All HKU borrowers are eligible to use the inter-branch delivery service.
  2. Items on short loan (14 days or less) and in-library use materials such as AV materials, best sellers, journals and course reserves materials are excluded.
  3. The request will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
  4. A deduction of one from your request quota will be made for each online request.
  5. Selected collection point cannot be changed once the request is submitted.
  6. Check your email/SMS for pick-up or cancellation notices.
  7. HKUL items will be held for collection for 7 days at selected pick up library and all unclaimed items will be shipped back to the owning library.
  8. Borrowed books with original loan periods of 60 days or more can be returned to any HKU library.
  9. Please read Privacy Policy Statement and Personal Information Collection Statement.


  • Interlibrary Loan books

Staff and students who are eligible for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services will also be able to collect and return their ILL books at the Main Library or any Branch Library of their choice listed in the above table.  

Please note that the default pick-up location for ILL books is Main Library. A pick-up notification email/SMS will be sent to the requestor upon arrival of his/her requested books.  To collect a ILL book at a Branch Library, please submit this e-form AFTER the pick-up notification email/SMS has been received.

check icon Terms of use

  1. Borrowers eligible for Interlibrary Loan services can use this inter-branch delivery service.
  2. Interlibrary Loan items will be held for collection until their due dates as set by the lending libraries. Upon the expiry of a hold period, items will be returned to Main Library for returns.
  3. Selected collection point cannot be changed once the request is submitted.


  • Journal articles

This service is only available to Term of Service I (TOS I) / Band G or above staff. It allows faculty members to request hard copy journal articles to be delivered between on and off-campus offices when electronic delivery is unavailable. For instance, a faculty member whose office is in the Main campus can request a photocopy of a journal article residing in the Medical Library/ Dental Library to be delivered to his/her office. On the same token, Medical/Dental faculty members can request a journal article residing in the Main Library be sent to their off-campus offices.

To request for the delivery of a particular journal article, faculty members should fill in the ILLIAD e-form. Each request will cost HK$0.30 per page.