The University of Hong Kong Libraries
The University of Hong Kong Libraries is an essential part of the educational facilities provided to you by the University. The Libraries advances the teaching and learning, research, and knowledge exchange pursuits of the University 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 Library, Music Library, Tin Ka Ping Education Library, and the Yu Chun Keung Medical Library. Of scholarly interest is Special Collections which houses a unique collection of Hong Kong materials, rare books, pamphlets, and microforms.
The Main Library and the six branches are located across the University, https://lib.hku.hk/general/location/index.html.
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*.
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.
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 in the Libraries. Scanners are also available and payment for the peripheral usage can easily be made by using uPrint.
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 to complement Level 3, the learning common style facility. 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.
After entering the Ground Floor Ancillary Entrance/Exit and just past the gates, Main 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 was 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. 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 (email@example.com) or WhatsApp (5441-5441). Our staff will be happy to help you familiarize with the relevant resources and learn the necessary research skills.
Research Consultation Service is a personalised service offered by our librarians for researchers working on specificresearch projects. The service is provided via appointment during office hours.
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. You can access them via FIND@HKUL on the library homepage and with the Mobile@HKUL app anywhere, anytime. 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.
Current students and staff are entitled to borrow books for up to sixty days or more. You can check your borrowing privileges for other Library materials here. 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 the Main Library or any of the six branch libraries or at one of three 24/7 Automated Book Returns located at the Main Library, the Lui Che Woo Law Library and the Yu Chun Keung Medical Library.
Knowledge Exchange at HKU Scholars Hub
With the University’s emphasis on Knowledge Exchange, research details are made known and visible to allow those in government, industry, and academia to find an expert at The University of Hong Kong for contract and collaborative research, media comment, supervision of postgraduate students, etc. The University Libraries has developed an Exchange Hub, namely, the HKU Scholars Hub with author profiles (ResearcherPage) of each of its professoriate staff.
Updated: May 2021