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About HKUL

The University of Hong Kong Libraries


The very nature of the Libraries lends itself to the three pillars of the University's vision for Teaching and Learning, Research, and Knowledge Exchange through its outstanding resources, people-centred services as well as its innovative and collaborative approaches. The Libraries consists of the Main Library and six branch libraries, namely the Dental Library, Fung Ping Shan Library, Lui Che Woo Law LibraryMusic LibraryTin Ka Ping Education Library and the Yu Chun Keung Medical Library. Special Collections houses a unique collection of Hong Kong materials, rare books, pamphlets, and microforms. The University Libraries has also gained depository status for a number of core international collections, two of which are housed in Special Collections, the European Documentation Centre and the World Trade Organization.

Besides offering a congenial environment for study and research, the Libraries also provides a wide range of information resources including a comprehensive collection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and a rapidly expanding collection of article databases, e-books, e-journals, e-news. Many of these electronic resources are available on the web by authenticated access.


History and Facts

Established in October 1912 and located in two rooms in The University of Hong Kong’s Main Building with a floor area of about 288 square meters plus a small Medical section in the Pathology Building. Today, the collections of The University of Hong Kong Libraries exceed 3 million volumes, 7.4 million e-books, 518,000 e-Journal subscriptions and titles and 938 e-Databases*.

 Main Library in 1915    Stack area in 1938

Fung Ping Shan Library was established in 1932 as the University's Chinese library through a generous donation by the late Mr Fung Ping Shan. Construction of the library began in 1929. It was completed three years later and was officially opened on 14 December 1932 by Sir William Peel, then Governor of Hong Kong. In 1961, Fung Ping Shan Library moved into the Main Library building and, with the consent of the Fung Family, the original library premises were converted into the Fung Ping Shan Museum.

*June 2019


Learning Environment

The Libraries offers a conducive environment for study, research, and knowledge exchange. HKU Campus Wi-Fi services are available throughout the Libraries connecting patrons to the HKU network and to a number of printers throughout the Libraries. Scanners are also available, and payment for the peripheral usage can easily be made by using an Octopus card. 

On February 2019, the Libraries opened the Ground Floor and 2ndfloor learning spaces to complement Level 3 and its variety of spaces suitable for different learning styles including reflective self-study as well as collaborative study. 

The Libraries have steadfastly been meeting the ever-changing needs of the digital world. To engage our patrons with the next level of digital technology, the Libraries created the new Ingenium. Located on the 2/F of the Main Library, the Ingenium is an interdisciplinary space for the University community to be inspired by and to interact with some of the latest technologies. 

When the Main Library's 2nd Main Entrance officially opened on 7 October 2016, its opening put the plans for the ground floor renovations into motion and the creation of a new learning space called the Think Tank.  

After entering the Ground Floor Ancillary Entrance/Exit and just past the gates, Library patrons will initially enter the Social Space, a place to informally meet and talk with fellow students and staff. The adjacent Leisure Study space will be created for a more relaxed environment for students to take a much-needed break and time to self-reflect. As patrons venture pass the Leisure Study space, the Think Tank emerges. Comprised of the Quiet Study area and the adjacent Deep Quiet Study area and Seminar Room, the Think Tank lies centrally on the Ground Floor both geographically and psychologically.

You can book a study space at https://lib.hku.hk/general/e-form/book-a-space.html.


Library Orientation and Workshops

Mastering the necessary research skills is crucial and you are therefore strongly encouraged to join the Library Orientation and workshops, visit our training website at https://lib.hku.hk/general/instruction/index.html. Through orientation and workshops, you will be able to gain a general background as to the facilities and services provided to you. In addition, you may attend the library courses offered throughout the year through which you will know more about specific information resources. If you encounter a research problem, you may ask a librarian in person at the Information Counter, by telephone (3917 2203), by e-mail (libis@hku.hk) or WhatsApp (5441-5441). Our staff will be happy to help you familiarize with the relevant resources and learn the necessary research skills.



The Libraries provides a wide range of information resources including a comprehensive collection of books, journals, audio-visual materials and a rapidly expanding collection of article databases, e-books, e-journals, e-news. Many of these electronic resources are available on the web by authenticated access on and off campus. 

You are also entitled to request books from other local academic libraries through the Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL). The Interlibrary Loan service allows you to obtain resources not available at the Libraries from other local and overseas libraries, https://lib.hku.hk/mainlib/ill.html



The Libraries’ Inter-branch Delivery service provides the convenience of requesting library material be delivered to Main Library or any of the six branch libraries.  Returning of library material can also be done at Main Library or any of the six branch libraries or one of two 24/7 Automated Book Returns located at the Main Library and Law Library. 

Library material can be renewed and requested online, https://lib.hku.hk/cdd.html. You can also view and manage your Library account online at MyAccount@HKUL.


The HKU Scholars Hub

The HKU Scholars Hub is the institutional repository of The University of Hong Kong. As a key vehicle of HKU's Knowledge Exchange Initiative, The Hub strives to make HKU authors and their research very visible, with the goal of increasing all forms of collaboration. https://hub.hku.hk/



•  Information Counter (Main Library and Branch Libraries) 
•  Tel.: 3917-2203
•  E-mail: libis@hku.hk
•  WhatsApp: 5441-5441
•  Website: https://lib.hku.hk


Updated: April 2021