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(updated on 22 April 2014) RSS


Library Opening Hours — Revision and Examination Periods (Semester B, 2013/14)

In the forthcoming Revision and Examination Periods from 27 April to 19 May 2014, both dates inclusive, please note that the Library area on 3/F (excluding Information Space & FYW Building) and Quiet Individual Study Area on 2/F will continue to open from 08:30 till 01:00. In addition, the Information Space, together with 3/F FYW Building, will become the 24-Hour Access Area.

Library Opening Hours
Date Library Area on 3/F (excluding Information Space &
FYW Building) and Quiet Individual Study Area on 2/F
24-Hour Access Area
(Information Space and 3/F FYW Building)
27 - 28 Apr 2014 Sun - Mon 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00
29 Apr - 18 May 2014 Mon - Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 24 hours
19 May 2014# Mon 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 23:00 00:00 - 23:00
Circulation Counter / Semi-closed Collection / Media Resources Collection Service Hours
Date Service Hours
27 Apr 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
28 - 30 Apr 2014 Mon - Wed 08:30 - 23:00
1 May 2014* Thu 08:30 - 17:00
2 May 2014 Fri 08:30 - 23:00
3 May 2014 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
4 May 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
5 May 2014 Mon 08:30 - 23:00
6 May 2014* Tue 08:30 - 17:00
7 - 9 May 2014 Wed - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
10 May 2014 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
11 May 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
12 - 16 May 2014 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
17 May 2014 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
18 May 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
19 May 2014# Mon 08:30 - 23:00

* Public Holiday
# Last day of Examination


Points to Note:

  1. Access to the 24-Hour Access Area must be via the side entrance of the Information Space (near Lift 7).
  2. There are about 300 seats in the 24-Hour Access Area, of which 100 seats with PC workstations are within the Information Space.
  3. Only CityU staff and students (including SCOPE smartcard holders) can stay beyond 23:00 on the University campus. External users will be invited to leave by 23:00. Users left behind may be subject to ID checks.
  4. Between 23:00 - 07:00, the rest of the University Campus will remain closed except the Late Reading Centre managed by CDFO. Access to the Library must be via the Pedestrian Subway or the curved staircases on its two sides and then through the red doors.
  5. Students are reminded:
    1. to ensure transport availability (e.g. taxi, bus, private car) when leaving the Library after midnight at time when MTR is not available.
    2. to return to the student hostels with company and avoid going home alone. If necessary, students may seek help from the security guards.
    3. not to reserve seats with unattended property.
    4. to take good care of their personal belongings to prevent theft while studying inside the Library.
    5. to help maintain a quiet environment and refrain from engaging in any behaviour that interferes with the normal use and operation of the Library.
    6. to observe Library Regulations and be a responsible user.

(14 Apr 2014)

Partial Access Arrangement - External Users - Revision and Examination Period, Semester B 2013/14

Each year when the examination period is approaching, there will be a high demand for study space. Therefore, during the forthcoming Semester B Revision and Examination period, we will impose the Partial Access Arrangement 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 the following:

  • Holders of Alumni Library Ticket - Reader (those with reading privileges only)
  • JULAC Card Holders - Reader / Borrower (students only) from other UGC institutions
Partial Access Period: 28 April - 16 May 2014*
  Non-accessible Time Accessible Time
Mon - Fri (except Public Holiday) 00:00 - 17:00 & 23:01 - 24:00 17:01 - 23:00#
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday 00:00 - 14:00 & 23:01 - 24:00 14:01 - 23:00#

* For the last three days of the Examination Period (17 - 19 May 2014), all restrictions will be lifted. Normal access will resume.
# Only CityU staff and students can stay beyond 23:00 on the University campus. External users will be invited to leave by 23:00. Users left 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, use the bookdrops located outside our Library. For books with accompanying fragile materials such as CD-ROMs, please pass them to our security guards at the entrance who will return them for you.
  • To collect recalled items, you may come during 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. The partial access arrangement is only temporary. From 17 May 2014 onwards, normal access will resume. For affected users who have genuine need to use our Library during the non-accessible period, they are welcome to contact us for special arrangement. Any enquiries can be directed to lbasprs@cityu.edu.hk.

(11 Apr 2014)

Soft Launch of CityU Scholarly Repository (Beta Version)

CITYU SCHOLARLY REPOSITORY BETA

The Library is pleased to announce the soft launch of the beta version of the CityU Scholarly Repository which aims at indexing, archiving, preserving and disseminating the scholarly works of our faculty members. Contents in the Repository are discoverable by search engines and indexing tools such as Google, Google Scholar and OAIster to support open access (OA) and wider dissemination. It therefore showcases the University's intellectual output and shares with the world the University's fruits of research and scholarship to facilitate knowledge transfer and global scholarly communication.

It's now at its 1st phase of development!

At its first phase of development, the beta version of the CityU Scholarly Repository now only includes several thousand journal articles written by faculty authors in the past several years. Full bibliographic information, abstracts, citation counts and other bibliometrics are provided. Links that point to the journal records are also made available to offer to the University community authenticated access to the Library-subscribed contents. As a trial, full texts of some articles found in OA journals have been deposited into the Repository. The Repository is far from comprehensive now. We will be adding in more citations and OA full texts for not just the journal articles, but other forms of works too. To achieve this, we need faculty's support.

It will be further developed!

The CityU Scholarly Repository will be further enhanced to include other features such as the "researcher profiles" to increase the visibility of the University's expertise as well as "view and download statistics" to reflect the usage. Where copyrights allow, published versions or post-prints of papers are to be added in to allow open access beyond the University community so that the benefits of the Scholarly Repository can be maximized.

Join Us! Let us know your comments and make your publications available in the Repository!

The CityU Scholarly Repository belongs to faculty authors of the City University of Hong Kong. Its success relies on your participation. Click here to learn more about the benefits of making your publications available in the Repository and ways of doing so. We welcome comments and suggestions from the faculty so that the Repository can be further enhanced to serve your needs.

Email your comments to us at lb@cityu.edu.hk. Please also feel free to contact our subject librarians for assistance in contributing your works to the Repository.

(21 Mar 2014)

Library Opening Hours — Prior to Revision and Examination Periods (Semester B, 2013/14)

  Opening Hours# Counter Service Hours
31 Mar 2014 Mon 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
1 - 4 Apr 2014 Tue - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
5 Apr 2014* Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 Closed
6 Apr 2014 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
7 - 11 Apr 2014 Mon - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
12 Apr 2014 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
13 Apr 2014 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
14 - 17 Apr 2014 Mon - Thu 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
18 - 19 Apr 2014* Fri - Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 17:00
20 Apr 2014@ Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 Closed
21 Apr 2014* Mon 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 17:00
22 - 25 Apr 2014 Tue - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
26 Apr 2014 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00

Please watch out for Library announcement on opening hours for the Revision and Examination Periods (27 April - 19 May 2014).

# Only CityU staff and students (including SCOPE smartcard holders) can stay beyond 23:00 on the University campus. External users will be invited to leave by 23:00. Users left behind may be subject to ID checks.
* Public Holidays
@ Easter Sunday

(17 Mar 2014)

Talk @ the Library - Science Publishing: Recent Trends and Implications for Research

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming talk, Science Publishing: Recent Trends and Implications for Research.

Faculty members and research students are invited to join Dr. Anders Karlsson, Vice President, Global Academic Relations, Elsevier and Mr. David Tempest, Director of Access Relations at Elsevier in the UK for their talk to:

  • Keep up with the changes that have transformed the way researchers work and disseminate their results
  • Learn about recent trends in Open Access and research data sharing
  • Explore new opportunities to collaborate with other researchers and to share knowledge

Dr. Karlsson and Mr. Tempest have extensive knowledge in scholarly publishing and in running Open Access projects in different countries. In this talk, they will share with CityU researchers how connectivity through information solutions has the ability to transform the way research results are disseminated and shared. They will also give an overview of Open Access publishing and discuss how Elsevier is working together with the research community. So don't miss out on this chance to meet them!

Presenters: Dr. Anders Karlsson & Mr. David Tempest, Elsevier
Date and time: 27 March 2014 (Thursday), 10:00 am - 11:20 am
Venue: Library User Education Room

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email: lbinf@cityu.edu.hk

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(14 Mar 2014)

Library Workshop — Strategies for Using IEEE Xplore: Searching & Getting Published

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop, Strategies for Using IEEE Xplore: Searching & Getting Published. Science and engineering researchers and students are invited to join this tips and tricks session to learn:

  • Advanced search features such as field searching, wildcards and proximity searching for answers to your research questions using IEEE Xplore
  • How to discover additional search terms to uncover the "perfect" paper
  • How to view full text peer reviewed papers that are not out in print yet
  • How to select where to submit your paper among over 170 top IEEE journals
  • How to publish Open Access with IEEE
  • E-submission process
  • Peer-review process: Do vs Don't
  • Ethics in scientific publishing

The workshop will include hands-on experience, and the medium of instruction is English. Bring your research topics & questions as we will use these during the live demonstration.

Instructor: Ms. Qing Li, IEEE Client Services and UPP Manager – China
Date and time: 10 March 2014 (Monday), 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email: lbinf@cityu.edu.hk

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(4 Mar 2014)

Training Session on Compustat Databases

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming research oriented training session on Compustat databases. The training session will be most useful to those who need financial data for their research. It will cover the following databases:

Compustat Executive Compensation
Compustat Executive Compensation information consists of executive compensation data for the company's top officers for companies within the S&P 1500.

Compustat Global
Compustat Global provides data covering public traded companies in more than 80 countries, representing over 90% of the world's market capitalisation, including coverage over 96% of European market capitalisation and 88% of Asian market capitalisation.

Compustat North America
Compustat North America provides U.S. and Canadian fundamental and market information on more than 24,000 active and inactive publicly held companies. It provides annual and quarterly Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, and supplementary data items.

Date and Time: 7 March 2014 (Friday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room
Medium of Instruction: English
Instructor: Ms. Yavi Fong from S&P Capital IQ

Should there be any enquiries, please contact the Library Reference Desk at 3442-6415 or email: lbinf@cityu.edu.hk.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(24 Feb 2014)

Conditions of Use and Licensing Restrictions for Library-subscribed e-Resources

The Library has subscribed to a large number of electronic resources, such as databases, e-journals and e-books, to meet your learning and research needs. Recently, we have been informed of a few massive downloading cases. We therefore would like to remind you of your responsibility of using our Library-subscribed e-resources.

As all our e-resources are copyrighted materials, please be reminded to comply with the conditions of use and licensing restrictions and refrain from prohibited actions such as:

  • Systematic/excessive downloading from an e-resource
  • Archiving of downloaded materials on local servers without permission
  • Posting downloaded materials to a listserv, on a website or to an email list
  • Redistributing downloaded materials to or sharing passwords with unauthorized users
  • Reselling, redistributing or republishing of any journal text or search results in any medium

When violation of license agreements such as excessive downloading is detected, the vendors may cut off the entire University community from accessing the e-resource concerned. Violators are fully responsible for any legal consequences.

Thanks for your cooperation.

For further enquiries, please contact the Library at 3442-6415 or lbinf@cityu.edu.hk.

(13 Feb 2014)

Information Skills Workshops: Using RefWorks — Your Personal Web-based Database of References and Bibliography Creator

Join a librarian for our Using RefWorks – Your Personal Web-based Database of References and Bibliography Creator workshop to learn how to centrally store references and citations, organize references into folders, insert in-text references, and create a bibliography in your preferred citation style by the RefWorks online tool.

This Using RefWorks workshop is one of our Information Skills Workshops of this semester, and may be of particular interest to postgraduate students and staff. Participants should have experience in searching Library databases and the Library’s Catalogue.

Two identical sessions will be held:

Instructor: Ms. Shun-wa Lee, Assistant Librarian, Teaching & Learning Support Division
Date and Time: 21 February 2014 (Friday), 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm
24 February 2014 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room

The workshop will include hands-on experience. The medium of instruction is English.

Please note that the Library reserves the right to cancel any session with less than 5 registrants.

For enquiries, please call 3442-6415, email lbinf@cityu.edu.hk or visit our Reference Desk.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(11 Feb 2014)

Library Workshop: Guide to Getting Published: An Insider's Tips on Publishing Your Work!

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop – Guide to Getting Published: An Insider's Tips on Publishing Your Work!

The presenter for the session is Ms. Ling-Fei LIU from Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Emerald Group Publishing Limited publishes more than 290 journal titles and over 2000 books and book series volumes in the fields of management, information science, and engineering. This is a great opportunity to learn from a leading publisher of management research about how to get your research published. The session will include insider's information on:

  • Understanding the publishing process
  • How to get started
  • How to target your work most effectively
  • What editors and reviewers actually look for
Date: 17 February 2014 (Monday)
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room

The medium of instruction is English. All staff and students are welcome!

For enquiries, please call 3442-6415, email lbinf@cityu.edu.hk or visit our Reference Desk.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(10 Feb 2014)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Workshops on Measuring Research Impact

The Library is pleased to announce the following two Information Skills Workshops to help you learn how to measure the impact of research and scholarship. All staff and students are welcome!

  • Tracking the Impact of Journals and Articles
    Instructor: Ms. Joanna Pong, Assistant Librarian, Teaching & Learning Support Division
    Date and Time: 17 February 2014 (Monday), 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    19 February 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Venue: User Education Room, Library
    Description: You will learn the ways to measure the impact of journals and articles and to obtain impact factors and other metrics using major journal ranking tools and databases such as Journal Citation Report (JCR), Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. Altmetrics, alternative measures of scholarly influences, will also be covered.

  • How to Evaluate the Research Impact of an Author
    Instructor: Ms. Anna Ryan, Assistant Librarian, Teaching & Learning Support Division
    Date and Time: 25 February 2014 (Tuesday), 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    26 February 2014 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Venue: User Education Room, Library
    Description: You will learn how to search citation databases to accurately identify authors, locate an author's h-index and other indexes, and explore altmetrics to view author impact in social media. Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar will be used.

The two sessions of each workshop are identical. They will include hands-on experience. The medium of instruction is English.

Please note that the Library reserves the right to cancel any session with less than 5 registrants.

For enquiries, please call 3442-6415, email lbinf@cityu.edu.hk or visit our Reference Desk.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(7 Feb 2014)

CityU Library Mobile App for iPhone/Android Smart Phone

We are pleased to announce that the Library has developed a mobile Library App “CityU Mobile Library” for iPhone and Android smart phone. It is now available for free download at Apple Store or Google Play.

You can find our app by searching "CityU Mobile Library" on Apple Store or Google Play.

CityU Mobile Library lets you access the Library Catalogue and follow what's happening in the Library. The following features are available:

  • Library Catalogue
  • Personal Account
  • Opening Hours
  • News & Events
  • New Materials
  • Contact Us
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Ready on Apple Apple QR Code   Ready on Android Android QR Code
(22 Jan 2014)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Workshops on Finding Business and Company Information

The Library is pleased to announce the following two Information Skills Workshops to help you learn how to effectively find business and company information. All staff and students are welcome!

  • Using Social Media to Find Business Information
    Instructor: Ms. Anna Ryan, Assistant Librarian, Teaching & Learning Support Division
    Date and Time: 10 February 2014 (Mon), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    12 February 2014 (Wed), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Description: You will learn how to use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to discover what companies, products or brands are being talked about, monitor customer feedback and track competitors. Issues about data credibility and reliability will also be discussed.

  • Introduction to Finding Company Information
    Instructor: Mrs. Stella Seto, Assistant Librarian, Teaching & Learning Support Division
    Date and Time: 11 February 2014 (Tue), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    14 February 2014 (Fri), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Description: You will learn how to find company profiles, locate financial information and find key competitors. You will also get the tips to search journals and news sources to locate case studies, independent analyses of company strategies, and more.
Venue of the workshops: User Education Room, Library
Medium of instruction: English

The two sessions of each workshop are identical. They will include hands-on experience.

To reserve a seat, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/course/isw/. Please note that the Library reserves the right to cancel any session with less than 5 registrants.

For enquiries, please call 3442-6415, email lbinf@cityu.edu.hk or visit our Reference Desk.

We look forward to seeing you in the Library!

(24 Jan 2014)

Quiet Individual Study Area in the New Library Extension

To meet the need for more study space for private study, the Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new study area on 2/F on 28 October 2013 (Monday). There are altogether 125 individual study seats in the new extension. All seats are available for private study on a first come, first served basis. You may enter this study zone via an internal staircase near the Humanities Academy and the floor plan is shown below for your reference:

Library floor plan of new Library Extension

(22 Oct 2013)