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CityU Scholars Training Workshops (via Zoom)

CityU Scholars – Training Workshops (via Zoom)

CityU Scholars is the University’s Integrated Research Information System for faculty members and research students to showcase their research output and achievement to the global audience through the public researcher profiles. Records collected in CityU Scholars will also be used by the University for reporting (e.g. the annual submission of research output to the RGC) and appraisal (e.g. the annual performance review) purposes. It is therefore important that our researchers learn how to manage their CityU Scholars accounts.

The Library is pleased to host the following training workshops on CityU Scholars. New faculty members and research students*, newly appointed Departmental Administrators, Trusted Users or any interested parties are welcome to attend.

* Students' workshop attendance will be recorded in Central Repository on Student Development Activities (CRESDA).

There are three identical workshops. Each workshop consists of two consecutive sessions focusing on different topics.

Session 1: CityU Scholars Researcher Profile and Content Management

Session 2: CityU Scholars Ongoing Content Update and Synchronization

12 Oct 2023 (Thu)
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Workshop Detailed Outline &

16 Oct 2023 (Mon)
3:00pm - 4:30pm

18 Oct 2023 (Wed)
3:00pm - 4:30pm

The Library reserves the right to cancel any workshops with less than five registrants. Enquiries could be directed to

We look forward to seeing you in Zoom!

Run Run Shaw Library
City University of Hong Kong

Reopening of Reference/Research Collections on 11 September 2023

We are pleased to announce that the Reference/Research Collections located on 2/F will be re-opened on 11 September 2023. Come and explore abundant scholarly resources of the Library.

(7 Sep 2023)

Library Legal Research Workshops (2023/24 Semester A)


Welcome to CityU!

The Library offers a range of workshops that aims to develop and consolidate foundational legal research skills. Our Legal Research Workshops cover topics including case law, legislation, secondary materials, citing legal information, and searching key law databases.

Themes Topics
Legal Research Workshops
  • Case Law Research
  • Citing Legal Information
  • Finding Law Journals and Other Secondary Materials
  • Finding Legislation
Searching Key Law Databases
  • Lexis Advance Hong Kong
  • Practical Law
  • vLex Justis
  • Westlaw Asia and Westlaw Classic

Format: Face-to-face or Zoom
Venue: User Education Room, Library (for face-to-face sessions)
Medium of Instruction: English

Please visit the Library webpage for online registration and details of the Legal Research Workshops.

Please note:

  • Online registration will end 2 hours before each session starts.
  • The Library reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrolment.

For enquiries, please:

Looking forward to your active participation!

(4 Sep 2023)

Library Information & Research Skills Workshops (2023/24 Semester A)


The Library Information & Research Skills Workshops aim to help our users sharpen their information research skills, identify, locate, and use information resources effectively and ethically, and improve their awareness of current research resources, tools, and strategies.

Good news for students: Your attendance at the workshops will be recorded at the Central Repository on Student Development Activities (CRESDA).

In this semester, we are pleased to offer the following topics:-

Themes Topics
Academic Honesty
  • Citing Sources & Preventing Plagiarism: APA
Digital Literacy
  • Data Visualization Tool: Tableau
  • Introduction to OpenRefine
  • Introduction to R for Statistical Analysis
  • Using AI tools to facilitate the research process
  • Web Scraping for Non-Technical Researchers
Library Databases
  • Getting the Most from Web of Science Core Collection
  • Searching for News Articles on Factiva & WisersOne
  • Using Scopus to Find Impactful Resources
Library Resources Discovery
  • Finding Business / Company Information
  • Locating Theses & Dissertations
  • Using Library Resources for Your Studies and Research
Reference Management Tools
  • EndNote for Windows Part 1
  • EndNote for Windows Part 2

Adding variety to the workshops, vendor workshops on various topics are also available. These sessions will be delivered by external trainers.

Vendor workshops
  • 30 Statistics in 30 Seconds in Statista
  • Finding Chemical Information with SciFinder-n
  • Getting Started with Eikon
  • Introduction to GIS & ArcGIS
  • 認識中國知網 CNKI:中文文獻檢索及應用

Format: Face-to-face or Zoom
Venue: User Education Room, Library (for face-to-face sessions)
Medium of Instruction: English

Please visit the Library webpage for online registration and details of the Library Information & Research Skills Workshops.

All CityU students and staff are welcome. Register now!

Please note:

  • Online registration will end 2 hours before each session starts.
  • The Library reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrolment.

For enquiries, please:

(4 Sep 2023)

Study Carrel - 119 is now available to all eligible users

We are pleased to announce that the Study Carrel - 119 (formerly known as Law Discussion Room) is now available to all eligible users. The room is located in the Purple Zone of the Library nearby the Law Collection. It accommodates a group of maximum 6 users.

To reserve the room via the campus-wide Resource Booker:

  1. Go to the Library homepage (
  2. Select the Facilities tab
  3. On the drop-down menu, go to Booking System, and then choose Study Carrel

For more details on the booking policy, please refer to our webpage:

(24 Aug 2023)

Explore, Inspire, Transform: Moving Ahead with Your Library


Visit us at the Run Run Shaw Library to explore our library services and facilities and be inspired by our vast collections of books and resources! Take the opportunity to play with some vintage equipment and see how the teaching and learning experience transformed over time.

While you are there, sign-up for a library orientation tour and workshops. You may also take our Library Orientation Trivia to win a Lucky Bag*.

Please check the Library opening hours before your visit.

* The Lucky Bag will be randomly distributed and cannot be selected or exchanged by users. The number of gifts is available on a first-come, first-served basis while stock lasts.

Run Run Shaw Library
City University of Hong Kong

(24 Aug 2023)

Library Orientations & Tours (2023/24 Semester A)


Welcome to CityU!

To prepare for the new academic year, all new students are highly recommended to join a session on Library Orientations & Tours. The session will help you find your way around the Library and learn about the services, resources and study space available.

Good news for students: Your attendance will be recorded at the Central Repository on Student Development Activities (CRESDA).

Please visit the Library webpage for online registration.

Format: Face-to-face
Venue: User Education Room, Library
Medium of Instruction: English

Please note:

  • Online registration will end 2 hours before each session starts.
  • The Library reserves the right to cancel any session due to low enrolment.

All freshmen are welcome! We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

For enquiries, please:

(21 Aug 2023)

Discontinuation of E-newspaper Viewing Station

In view of the changing user behaviors and to better utilize the Library's resources, starting from 21 August 2023, the E-newspaper Viewing Station will be discontinued.

You may scan the QR code to enjoy 24/7 access to the Library’s subscribed e-newspapers and news databases with your own smart phone or computer devices.

(14 Aug 2023)

Course Packs

In the coming semester, course instructors may want to provide students with printed or digital course packs containing copyrighted materials. It can be time-consuming to seek and obtain permission for using the copyrighted materials in course packs. Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society (HKRRLS) grants CityU the right to legally copy and scan the contents of copyrighted published works licensed through HKRRLS for preparation of course packs by paying a license fee. The Library can assist the instructors in preparing the course packs to comply with the HKRRLS’s requirement.

The license fee will be paid by the department placing the request or by individual students taking the course. If the copyrighted materials are available online via the Library, instructors should provide links on Canvas for students to access the materials instead of producing course packs.

For more about this service, please visit the Library web page:

(9 Aug 2023)

Publishing Open Access (OA) free of charge with CityU’s Transformative Agreements (2 Aug 2023)


Dear CityU researchers,

We are pleased to inform you that the Library has committed to Transformative Agreements with the following publishers whereby our researchers can now publish open access free of charge in their journals upon fulfilment of certain requirements.

Besides, there are other open access publishing offers that the Library has secured from various publishers/societies which include MDPI, PNAS, RSC and SCOAP3. For full details, please visit the following LibGuide page.

Enquiries could be directed to Library's Scholarly Communication and Research Support Section at

Thank you for your attention.


Run Run Shaw Library
City University of Hong Kong
2 Aug 2023

Library User Survey 2023 (LibQUAL+®) - Survey Report

The Library carried out a survey on the quality of its services from March 15th to April 28th, 2023. The survey received an overwhelming response from current students, faculty, and staff. Over 2,600 library users participated in the survey, providing a diverse range of feedback on various aspects of the Library. The survey report can be accessed at   

We would once again like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the survey.

Monthly Book Club

Join the book club hosted by An Yu, the Writer-in-Residence of the Department of English. This month’s pick is Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Copies of the book will be given out in the first meeting. For the first meeting, please bring along a book that you have read recently and would like to share.


1st meeting 29 June 2023 (Thu), 4 – 5 pm Copies of Klara and the Sun will be given out
2nd meeting 27 July 2023 (Thu), 4 – 5 pm Discussion of Parts 1 to 3
3rd meeting 7 September 2023 (Thu), 4 – 5 pm Discussion of Parts 4 to 6

Location: Group Study Room 1011, Humanities Academy, Run Run Shaw Library, CityU

This event is open to all CityU students, staff and alumni members. Please register here by 26 June 2023.

For enquiries, please email

CityU Scholars – Training Workshops (via Zoom)
(20 Jun 2023)

CREATE! – Basic Training Session on Laser Cutting and Engraving (17 May 2023)


Laser Cutter  Laser Cutter

To promote communal learning, creativity, and innovation to all CityU Students and staff, CREATE! the maker space facilitates you to explore new technologies, including 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting, physical computing, and projection mapping.

When you conceive an idea to make a model and want to cut it with high precision and quality surface finish, laser cutting can be the answer. Our laser cutter can cut, engrave, and shape designs from various materials such as wood, acrylic, paper, and dozens more.

To become eligible for operating the Laser Cutter, a user MUST undertake this CREATE! Basic Training Course on Laser Cutting and Engraving, and obtain a certification.

Laser Cutter Sample

Date 17 May 2023 (Wed)
Time 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Medium of Instruction English
Registration Register Online
Venue CREATE! of Information Space

Please note:

For more information, please visit CREATE! – Laser Cutting webpage.

Should there be any inquiries, please contact the IT Help Desk at 3442-6963 or email:

Run Run Shaw Library
City University of Hong Kong
10 May 2023

Room P3312 is now relaunched as a Discussion Room!


We are delighted to let you know that Room P3312 is now relaunched as a Discussion Room, for users to carry out discussion, Zoom meetings and collaborative studies. Room P3312 (the Room) is located on the Library 3/F (near the Law Collection area).

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Please be reminded that:

  • The Room can be accessed by all valid CityU Library users.
  • The opening hours of the Room are the same as Library’s opening hours.
  • Seats are available on a first-come-first serve basis.
  • Library users shall not leave any valuables unattended in the Room. The Library is not responsible for any loss of personal property.
  • Be considerate of others when using the Room. No food or drink are allowed.
  • The Room shall be kept clean and tidy all the time. Please dispose of trash properly.
  • Be gentle to the furniture and equipment.
  • All Library users must observe the Library Regulations.

We hope you enjoy the additional seating. Any feedback to is welcome.

(14 April 2023)

Partial Access Arrangement - External Users - Revision and Examination Period, Semester B 2022/23

Each year when the examination period is approaching, there will be a higher demand for study space in the Library. Therefore, during the Semester B Revision and Examination period, Partial Access Arrangement will be imposed whereby access to our Library by certain categories of external users will be limited to non-busy hours of the day only. Affected users include:

  • Holders of CityU Alumni Card with subscription of Alumni Library Services - Reader (those with reading privileges only)
  • JULAC Card Holders - Reader / Borrower (students only) from other UGC institutions
  • Reader's Card for Long-serving staff members and their spouses
Partial Access Period: 17 April - 8 May 2023
  Non-accessible Time Accessible Time
Mon - Fri 00:00 - 17:00 & 23:01 - 24:00 17:01 - 23:00#
Sat & Sun 00:00 - 14:00 & 23:01 - 24:00 14:01 - 23:00#

Normal access will resume from 9 May 2023 onwards.

# Only CityU staff members and students (including SCOPE smartcard holders) are permitted to stay beyond 11:00 pm on the University campus. External users will need to leave by 11:00 pm. Users staying behind may be subject to ID checks.

Notes to JULAC Card Holders - Borrower (students only) from other UGC institutions:

If you need to borrow books, return books or collect recalled items during the affected period, please note the following:

  • Instead of borrowing books from us in person, you may consider using HKALL borrowing services or interlibrary loan services of your home library.
  • To return books, you may bring them to your home library and use the JULAC Book Return Service instead.
  • If you want to return books in person, please use the bookdrop located outside our Library. For books with accompanying fragile materials such as CD-ROMs, please return them to the slot for “MEDIA RETURN” drop box outside the Library.
  • To collect recalled items, you may come during the accessible time. If your schedule only allows you to come during the non-accessible time, you have to show your book pickup notice to the security guard in order to gain access into the Library.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused to users concerned. All restrictions will be lifted and normal access will resume after the examination period. For affected users who have urgent research / academic needs to use our Library during the non-accessible period and for any enquiries, please contact us by email:

(27 March 2023)

Suspension of China Master's Theses and China Doctoral Dissertations Full-text Databases from 1 April 2023

As informed by CNKI, the access to China Master's Theses Full-text Database and China Doctoral Dissertations Full-text Databases will be suspended from 1 April 2023 until further notice.

To find more resources on theses/dissertations:-

For enquiries, please contact us at

(24 Mar 2023)

The launch of the Audio Recording and Mixing Studio


Situated in the Humanities Academy Group Study Room 1010, the Studio aims at providing a noise-free environment with state-of-the-art recording and mixing equipment and software for students and staff to develop projects and prepare teaching materials. The professional-grade audio system enables a one-stop and easy-to-operate user experience for making special sound effects, multi-sound source mixing, waveform editing, etc., to produce high-quality audio content, perform live streaming events, Podcast creation, etc.

The Studio will open on 13 Feb 2023. Reserve your sessions and try the service!

For the service details and booking procedure, please visit the Library web page –

(10 Feb 2023)

Virtual Instruction and Reference Help Desk Available Now

As our commitment to continuously enhance user experience, the Library is pleased to offer virtual help desk service via Zoom in the Library.

A virtual help desk is set up at the Circulation Counter. After pressing the Start button, library staff will meet with you live and answer your questions about the library’s collections, services, and so forth. The service is available Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (except public holidays).

Come and try out this new library service, enjoy the convenience!

(16 May 2022)

Wayfinding at your fingertips by using the new Smart City Walk (逍遙行) app


When you have to locate and reach for particular bookshelves, rooms, and facilities within the Library’s vast premises, sometimes the experience could be puzzling. Now, you can download the Smart City Walk app to your iOS or Android smartphones/devices and the app will guide you to desired spots with ease. There are more than 80 points of interest, such as study areas, facilities/equipment, bookshelves, washrooms, etc. available for location searching and route guiding. The Library’s third and second floor areas are included.

Points of interest Route planning and guiding
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To download the app, please click the icons or scan the QR codes below.

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(1 Apr 2022)