News & Announcements

4/F Main Library

Oct 05 2020

Introducing the e-Learning Resource Hub

Published by at 10:49 am under Breaking News

Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

Dear students and colleagues,

As we embark on a new semester with a strong reliance on online teaching and learning, I am pleased to introduce the HKU E-learning Resource Hub (

Developed by the University Libraries in collaboration with the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Information Technology Services (ITS) and Technology Enhanced Learning Initiative (TeLi), the Hub provides access to a wealth of resources developed by these departments as well as others. The platform offers search and browse functions for electronic resources, online tools, guides, courses, equipment, learning spaces and departmental services in support of teaching and learning.

You are most welcome to suggest new resources either developed by HKU or other institutions for inclusion into the E-learning Resource Hub via its e-form ( The Libraries will continue to develop the contents and feature useful resources on the platform to support your teaching and learning.

Best wishes, Ian

Professor Ian Holliday

Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)

The University of Hong Kong

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Sep 16 2020

Intellectual Property Rights Awareness and Protection

Dear Colleagues, Students, Patrons, and Visitors,

To raise awareness of intellectual property rights, and to ensure their protection and prevent infringement, you are highly encouraged to consult the following webpages maintained by university departments and other offices/work units as well as the relevant resources whenever the need arises in relation to teaching, learning, research, publication and other activities/events/functions.

Intellectual Property Rights Policy of The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Intellectual Property Rights Policy for HKU Staff, Students and Visitors

Copyright and plagiarism

– Facts You Should Know About The Copyright Ordinance

– What is plagiarism

Copyright in teaching and learning at HKU

Security Alert on Copyright Infringement

Talks and training sessions on copyright and other intellectual property rights will be organized by university departments and offices/work units from time to time. For further advice or assistance, please approach the contact persons as stated on their respective webpages.


University Libraries

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Aug 25 2020

Service Suspension Notice

Published by at 10:14 am under Breaking News

System: WiFi network on 1/F New Wing and 5/F, Main Library

Date and Time:  29 August (Sat)

Cause: preparation work for the upcoming WiFi upgrade


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Aug 24 2020

HKU Libraries New Website and Mobile App Launch Announcement

New HKUL website announcement      New mobile@HKUL App Annoucement

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new HKU Libraries website, and a new mobile app, mobile@HKUL,

In order to provide enhanced searching, browsing and easier access to library services, we have incorporated feedback received through our biennial user surveys as well as your direct suggestions. We hope you find the new website and mobile app improvements to facilitate your learning and research.

While mobile@HKUL is available for download now, the new HKU Libraries website will go live at 00:00 on 28 August 2020 (Friday).

As you explore the new site and app, please share any comments or questions via

The University of Hong Kong Libraries

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Aug 20 2020

Extension of Access to University Facilities for Class of 2020

Following the President’s announcement of the extension of facility access for the Class of 2020, we are pleased to let you know that you will be able to use your HKU Student Card for access to the facilities below until August 31, 2021.

Access for Class of 2020 Weblink for details
Libraries Including:

– Borrowing Privileges (HKU Graduate: 48 books, 6 audio-visual materials)

– Remote Access to SELECTED electronic resources which may be changed by the University Libraries without prior notice. (click to see the list)

– uPrint printing service

– PCs and study tables

Equivalent to Circle of Friends (Platinum): updated access policy and service level, please refer to:


  • The above shall be eligible for access by graduands of the Class of 2020 with their HKU Student Cards until August 31, 2021.
  • The access is eligible to the Year 2020 graduands of the following HKU programmes: Undergraduate, Taught Postgraduate, Research Postgraduate, Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma. The list does not include HKU SPACE.
  • For those graduands who have lost their HKU Student Cards, they can apply for the Facility Access Card by filling in this form.
  • For graduands who will be admitted to the HKU postgraduate programmes, when issued with a new HKU Student Card, their level of facility access as postgraduates will override their “Class of 2020” status.

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Jul 17 2020

Jasper Series

Published by at 12:28 pm under Breaking News

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Apr 01 2020

Service/System Suspension

Published by at 12:41 pm under Breaking News

Services: MyAccount@HKUL, MyLibrary (under HKU Portal) , E-Resources, e-Forms and other services that require user authentication

Date & Time: 5 Apr, 2020 from 6:00am to 9:00am

Cause: HKU Central Authentication Services maintenance




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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 at 6:11 pm 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

Published by at 12:33 pm under Breaking News

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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