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Jan 09 2020

Forever Missing Former Fung Ping Shan Librarian and HKU Deputy Librarian Dr Ma Tai Loi

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Dr Ma Tai Loi at his home in Chicago on the night of January 3rd-4th, 2020. Dr Ma was Fung Ping Shan Librarian and Deputy Librarian of The University of Hong Kong from 1997 to 2001. He graduated with a B.A. in Chinese history and literature from HKU under such luminaries as Professor Jao Tsung I (饒宗頤) and Professor P. K. Yu. (余秉權). He was a Hornell Hall member during undergraduate years and a life member since 2014.

The library career of Dr Ma took shape when he enrolled into the legendary Far Eastern Librarianship program from the University of Chicago headed by famous sinologist and librarian Professor Tsien Tsuen Hsuin (錢存訓). He graduated from this program with an M.A. in 1972 and worked in his alma mater for 25 years (first as a cataloguer, later as its curator). He also received a PhD in Chinese history from the University of Chicago in 1987.

We are indebted to Dr Ma for his many contributions when Fung Ping Shan Library was under his headship, in particular, the project for compiling the “Annotated bibliography of rare books in the Fung Ping Shan Library, The University of Hong Kong” (published in 2003). He promoted scholarly communication and exchanges with many renowned academic institutions, scholars and librarians local and overseas. As a well-known scholar, Chinese rare book expert and librarian, Dr Ma served on the editorial board of “Xu xiu Si ku quan shu” (續修四庫全書) and many other scholarly periodicals, such as Gest Library Journal, “Ban ben mu lu xue yan jiu” (版本目錄學研究), etc. He was actively involved in preparing the proposal for the Library of Congress’s Chinese place name project. His other notable achievements include the establishment of the Contemporary China Collection and Taiwan Research Collection, the Hong Kong Chinese Authority (Name) project (HKCAN), and CNKI’s mirror site in HKU Libraries when we became the first subscriber of China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) outside Mainland China. The mirror site served Hong Kong and several overseas institutions when internet bandwidth was still narrow in those days.

Dr Ma was appointed as the Director of the East Asian Library at Princeton University from 2001 to 2014. During the same period, he filled many positions in CEAL, the organization of North American East Asian Libraries. After his retirement, Dr Ma published several works, including Cai tong yu shan: Ma Tailai wen shi lun ji (2017) (采銅於山 : 馬泰來文史論集), and a newly edited Xin ji Hong yu lou ti ji: Xu shi jia cang shu mu (2014) (新輯紅雨樓題記 : 徐氏家藏書目), on Xu Bo ([火勃]), a Ming book collector. An overview of Dr Ma’s career was compiled on the time of his retirement and was later revised and published as “Remembrance on the Eve of My Retirement,” Journal of East Asian Libraries: Vol. 2014: No. 159, Article 10 (

Dr Ma will be dearly missed for his scholarship in Chinese rare books and promotion of exchange between libraries in China and the United States.

Funeral Arrangements have been finalized for our dear friend. It will be held on 16 January 2020, Thursday, at the Dalcamo Funeral Home on 470 West 26th Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60616. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and a short service and cremation will be at around noon at the Hillside Crematory. His ashes will be buried in the cemetery in Princeton, New Jersey, USA, alongside his mother’s ashes.

Condolences can be sent to Mr Chan Wai Ming ( and will be forwarded to Dr Ma’s surviving brother Dr Ma Yau Woon.​


Esther Woo

Deputy University Librarian / Fung Ping Shan Librarian

The University of Hong Kong Libraries

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Dec 19 2019

Service/System Suspension

Published by under Breaking News

Services: HKU Scholars Hub, HKUL Digital Initiatives, Book A Space and e-Forms.

Date & Time: 25 Dec 2019, services may be suspended for a few hours in the morning and evening respectively (note).

Cause: Electrical installation inspection for every 5 years under the statutory requirement


(note: the Libraries has liaised with Estates Office to provide temporary power supply during the inspection period. But there will be a small chance of interruption at the time of power changeover in the morning and evening respectively).

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Dec 16 2019

SMS Notification System from HKUL

Dear Library Patron,

The Libraries will decommission the SMS notification system on 31 January 2020 after 15 years of operation.  Notifications will continue to be made to your registered email address.

For enquiries, please contact Lending Services at 3917-5945 or 3917-2202 or email to

Thank you for your attention!

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Nov 21 2019

Service/System Suspension

Published by under Breaking News

Name: Book A Space (facility booking)

Date: from 09:30am to 12:00noon, 26 Nov 2019

Cause: System Enhancement


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Nov 13 2019

Booking system resumed

Published by under Breaking News

Name: Book A Space (facility booking)


System has resumed at 17:00 on 13 Nov, 2019


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Sep 18 2019

Service/Electronic Resource Suspension

Published by under Breaking News

Title: Exambase

Date & Time: from 9:30am on 18 Sep 2019

Cause: a storage issue

Estimated resume time: 11am, 20 Sep 2019

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Sep 16 2019

Temporary Closure of the Hing Wai Storage Collections

There is an electrical blackout at the Hing Wai Storage Facility due to a fire incident on 12 September 2019. Items requested from Hing Wai Storage will be temporarily suspended until services are restored. Requests will be handled immediately once the electricity is back to normal operation. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Please contact 2/F Lending Services Counter for further enquiries.

Telephone: 3917 2202

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Aug 28 2019

Introducing uPrint service at the Libraries


Introducing uPrint service at the Libraries

The University Libraries is pleased to announce the implementation of uPrint service.

The uPrint service is now available in the Main Library and all Branch Libraries.  Developed by HKU Information Technology Services (ITS), uPrint operates on a quota-based system using the HKU staff/student/facilities access card for printing and photocopying on campus.

Benefits of uPrint at the Libraries:

  • Flexible and easy to use. You are no longer required to specify the printer to which your print jobs are sent or input any passcode to retrieve your print jobs. You can retrieve your print jobs at any printers by simply touching your staff/student/library card on the smart card pad installed on every machine.
  • Latest technology. All our current printers/photocopiers were replaced by brand new machines, enhancing printing quality.
  • Unified system. With the adoption of uPrint in the Libraries, the printing and photocopying service is standardized across campus. Undergraduate students can now use their free printing units in the Libraries.
  • On-the-go printing. In addition to laptop printing, mobile and tablet printing is supported for both iOS and Android systems.

HKU staff and students with a valid HKU portal account can add printing units (quota) using the HKU uPrint app or use an Octopus card at an ITS Add Value Machines (AVM) or any AVMs in the Libraries.

Library patrons holding a facilities access card or without an HKU portal account can add printing units to their uPrint accounts using the AVMs in the Libraries only.  The Library’s AVMs are located in the Main Library (2/F and Level 3) and in all Branch Libraries.

For more details and technical support, go to: or feel free to email us or visit any library counter.


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Aug 23 2019

New Overnight Open Area Arrangements at the Main Library

New Overnight Open Area Arrangements at the Main Library

Effective from 2 September 2019, the new overnight open area arrangements at the Main Library will take effect as noted below:

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.

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Aug 20 2019

Libraries launches Reading Lists Service

The University Libraries is pleased to launch the Reading Lists Service through which course readinglists can be created for teaching staff.  You are invited to contact your Faculty or Branch Librarians for further details or to have reading lists set up for you.

With the help of ITS, ReadingList@HKUL is now fully integrated and available in all Moodle courses starting from the first semester of 2019-20.


ReadingList@HKUL is a powerful and convenient tool that helps teaching staff create dynamic readinglists that can be shared with students in a Moodle course.  It is fully integrated with the Libraries’ system and HKU Moodle.  Course readings can be set up with ReadingList@HKUL either in the public list at or embedded in courses on HKU Moodle.  With this tool, you can easily build lists to include a wide range of sources such as books, ebooks, online articles, streaming videos or websites.


ReadingList@HKUL, by bridging the Libraries’ system and HKU Moodle, brings the best of both systems to students and enhances students’ learning experiences.  More information about ReadingList@HKUL is available at



Peter Sidorko

University Librarian

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