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Facilities & Services




Learning and Research Services

Learning and Research Services aims to support teaching, learning and research for the University community. We offer tools and services supporting different stages of the research cycle. Find out more about these services.


Lending Services

The Lending Services Counter located on the 2/F of the Main Library, which provides borrowing and returning of library materials and digital equipment. You may also pick up requested items from the branches libraries, Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) or Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services.


Mobile Payment via HKU uPay app

To support university-wide "in store" merchandising, mobile payment service is available at service counter on the 2/F of the Main Library. The Library collects payment on a mobile Point-of-Sales (mPOS) platform and users can pay on-site via Alipay, AlipayHK, Apple Pay and Google Pay. This service is open to all library users and login is not required. 

Points to note:

  • Users should download the HKU uPay app on Apple's App Store or Google Play. Please consult the User Guide for HKU uPay app supported by Information Technology Services (ITS).
  • Scan the QR code generated by Library staff to process payment and choose the mobile payment method offered in the app to pay.
  • Review the payment history on the HKU uPay app.
  • Mobile payment service is available until 1.5 hours before library closing.
  • Mobile payment service is not applicable for payment of course pack and uPrint service.


Photocopying, Printing and Scanning Services

The Library provides photocopying and printing facilities operate on a quota-based system (uPrint) in all floors, and scanning facilities without charges.


Registration Services

The Enquiries Counter located on the 2/F of the Main Library, which provides services related to registration of various library users, reader's card that allowing entry to other libraries, etc. 


Self-Service Collection

Located on the 2/F of the Main Library, the Self-Service Collection houses course reserve materials and HKU requested books. You can simply tap your staff/student/facilities access card to access course reserve materials or pick up the requested books.

  • Course reserve collection is composed of recommended materials by teaching staff for course reading purposes.
  • Requested books on shelf are available for self-pick up and check out. Books are arranged in alphabetical order by your surname. 


E-Learning Lab

Located on the G/F of the Main Library, the E-Learning Lab is a multi-purpose mini-theatre designed for library instruction, conferences and seminars. The room has a seating capacity of 46, and each seat is equipped with a laptop connected to the Internet.



The Ingenium derives its name from the adjective, 'ingenious', which evokes invention, imagination, and innovation. 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 technology.


Level 3

Located on the Level 3 of the Main Library, Level 3 is a learning commons style facility providing a variety of spaces suitable for different learning styles including reflective self-study as well as collaborative study. With a floor area of 3,100 square metres, Level 3 comprises 5 zones, namely Technology, Collaboration, Study, Breakout and Multi-purpose.


Library Corner

Located on the G/F of the Main Library. It is a separate part from the library with learning commons style facilities. For energy saving, a new air-conditioning system equipped with motion sensors such that its operation can be automatically adjusted when no user is detected in that area.


Overnight Open Area (G/F)

The ground floor of the Main Library (except for the E-learning Lab and Joseph Needham Room) is open for overnight use. Services include individual/group study spaces, research carrels (Note: priority is given to those students assigned research carrels), access to PCs, printing and photocopying. Borrowing/Returning services are unavailable during the overnight opening hours.

Beyond the opening hours of the Main Library, HKU staff and students can access the overnight facility via the secure swing door at the G/F ancillary entrance. The area will be closed for cleaning between 7:30am and 8:30am from Monday to Saturday and between 9:00am and 10:00am on Sunday. Please consult webpage for opening hours of Overnight Open Area.


Recent Additions 

Located on the 2/F of the Main Library, recent additions provides access to new books and audio-visual materials weekly on display shelves. Items on display can be borrowed through the self-check stations or Lending Services Counter (2/F, Main Library). The loan period of recent additions is the same as usual library items. 


Study Places

The Main Library has over 1,900 seats, making it the most ideal place to study on campus. Find out more about the facilities available:
  • Study Tables
  • Single Study Rooms
  • Special Study Room for students with special educational needs (SEN)
  • Group Discussion Rooms


Think Tank

Located on the G/F of the Main Library, the Think Tank comprised of the Quiet Study area and the adjacent Deep Quiet Study area, the Special Collections Joseph Needham Room, and the Seminar Room. The Think Tank lies central on the Ground Floor both geographically and psychologically.