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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 branch libraries 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 is located on the 2/F of the Main Library, which provides services related to registration of various library users, reader's cards that allows entry to other non-UGC 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. 


Battery Charging Stations

Located on the 2/F New Wing of the Main Library (next to the Atrium), the battery charging stations includes Type-C, lightning, and Micro-B cables and can charge up to 7 devices.

Points to note: 
  • Only connect original or safety-certified charging products.
  • Please use the charging station for up to 30 minutes only if another user is waiting.
  • Take care of your personal belongings while you are using this service.


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

Level 3 of the Main Library 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. Level 3 has Tin Ka Ping Education Library and four zones, namely Technology, Study, Breakout and Multi-purpose, together sharing a floor area of 3,100 square metres.


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 Library Corner)

The Library Corner on G/F of the Main Library is open for overnight use and services include individual/group study spaces and access to PCs. Additional learning space can be found at Chi Wah Learning Commons.

Beyond the opening hours of the Main Library, HKU staff and students can access the overnight facility via the entrance facing the Sun Yat-sen Steps. The area will be closed for cleaning between 8:00am and 8:30am from Monday to Friday and between 8:00am and 9:00am from Saturday and Sunday. Please consult webpage for opening hours of Overnight Open Area. In case of an emergency after normal library hours, please contact the Security Control Centre at 3917-2882.


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. After entering the Ground Floor Ancillary Entrance/Exit and just past the gates, patrons will initially enter the Social Space and Leisure Study Space. As patrons venture pass the Leisure Study space, the Think Tank emerges. The Think Tank is comprised of the Quiet Study Space and the Deep Quiet Study Space, the Special Collections Joseph Needham Room, and the Seminar Room. 

Social Space

A place to informally meet and talk with fellow students and staff.

Social Space

Leisure Study Space

The Leisure Study space will be created for a more relaxed environment for students to take a much-needed break and time to self-reflect.

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Think Tank (Quiet Study & Deep Quiet Study Space)

The Think Tank is designed to facilitate focused study and collaboration. It is comprised of the Quiet Study Space and Deep Quiet Study Space, which provide a conducive environment for individual work. Additionally, the Special Collections Joseph Needham Room and the Seminar Room are available for individual and collaborative work.

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