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(updated on 19 April 2016) RSS


Library Opening Hours — Revision and Examination Periods (Semester B, 2015/16)

In the forthcoming Revision and Examination Periods from 24 April to 17 May 2016, both dates inclusive, please note that the Library area (excluding Information Space & FYW Building) will continue to open from 08:30 till 01:00. In addition, the Information Space, together with the Discussion Zone on 3/F FYW Building will become the 24-Hour Access Area. However, the Innovation Commons inside 3/F FYW Building only opens during office hours.

Library Opening Hours
Date Library Area (excluding Information Space & FYW Building) 24-Hour Access Area
(Information Space and Discussion Zone on 3/F FYW Building)
24 - 25 Apr 2016 Sun - Mon 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00
26 Apr - 16 May 2016 Mon - Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 24 hours
17 May 2016# Tue 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
24 Apr 2016 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
25 - 29 Apr 2016 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
30 Apr 2016 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
1 May 2016 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
2 May 2016* Mon 08:30 - 17:00
3 - 6 May 2016 Tue - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
7 May 2016 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
8 May 2016 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
9 - 13 May 2016 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
14 May 2016* Sat 08:30 - 17:00
15 May 2016 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
16 - 17 May 2016 Mon - Tue 08:30 - 23:00

# Last day of Examination

* Public Holiday


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 174 seats in the 24-Hour Access Area, of which 90 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.
(11 Apr 2016)

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. We would like to remind you of your responsibility of using these e-resources.

As these 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.

(8 Apr 2016)

Partial Access Arrangement - External Users - Revision and Examination Period, Semester B 2015/16

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
  • JULAC Card Holders - Reader / Borrower (students only) from other UGC institutions
  • Holders of Reader's Ticket - Retired staff and their spouses

Partial Access Period: 25 April - 14 May 2016*
  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 (15 - 17 May 2016), 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 15 May 2016 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.

(8 Apr 2016)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Using Library Databases and Other Tools to Find Employer Information

The Library is pleased to announce the "Using Library Databases and Other Tools to Find Employer Information" workshop. Whether you are about to graduate or looking for work or an internship over the summer break, this workshop is relevant to you.

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Using Library Databases and Other Tools to Find Employer Information

In this workshop, you will learn how to search Library databases to find potential employer information, including contact details, company background, and the latest company developments and news. Relevant publicly available web sites will also be used to locate useful information. All staff and students are welcome!

Workshop: Using Library Databases and Other Tools to Find Employer Information
Date and Time: 19 April 2016 (Tuesday), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
20 April 2016 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room
Medium of instruction: English

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

To reserve a seat and for more information, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/course/isw/. 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!

(8 Apr 2016)

My Bookshelf of Scholarly Journals in BrowZine can be Synced across the Web and Your Mobile Apps Now!

Browse, Read and Monitor the Library's scholarly journal on your mobile device and BrowZine.com

You might have been using the BrowZine app to browse, read and follow thousands of the Library's scholarly journals from your Android and iOS mobile devices for some time.  Now, you can access CityU's BrowZine Library on your desktop or laptop computer(s) via BrowZine Web (Browzine.com) as well; what's more, My Bookshelf on BrowZine (your personal shelf of favourite journals) can be synchronized across the web and your mobile devices simply through updating your BrowZine app to version 1.8.x (for iOS) and version 1.3.0 (for Android) and the creation of a personal BrowZine Account! For more information, please refer to My Bookshelf and BrowZine Account FAQ.

With BrowZine, you can

  • browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.
  • create your own bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published.
  • save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, and more.

Built to compliment your searching needs, BrowZine provides a great mechanism to keep track of your favourite journals and to learn about the new developments in your field. It also allows you to easily discover similar journal titles to the ones you are familiar with.

If you have not installed the BrowZine app before, do download and try it and the new BrowZine Web now, and enjoy the convenience of cross-platform exploration of scholarly literature in your discipline/field.

To learn more about this tool, please take a look at this short introduction video: https://vimeo.com/52663192 and visit the BrowZine introduction page at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/eres/browzine/

Should you have further questions about using BrowZine, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email to lbinf@cityu.edu.hk.

(6 Apr 2016)

Human Rights: Source, Content and Enforcement - Sharing Session By Justice Kemal Bokhary

Human Rights: Source, Content and Enforcement - Sharing Session By Justice Kemal Bokhary

Justice Kemal Bokhary is coming to the CityU Library to deliver a sharing session. The event is jointly organized by School of Law, Run Run Shaw Library and Thomson Reuters (publisher).

Justice Bokhary was one of three Permanent Judges of Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal from its inception in 1997 until he reached the mandatory retirement age in 2012; afterwards, he remained on the bench as a non-permanent judge. Justice Bokhary will share his views and study of human rights as written in his latest publication, Human Rights: Source, Content and Enforcement (Hong Kong : Sweet & Maxwell, 2015).

Take this chance to meet with the Judge and ask your burning questions. The event will conclude with a book signing session.

Date and Time: 8 April, 2016 (Friday), 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Venue: User Education Room, Run Run Shaw Library
Registration: Please click here

Enquiries: Law Section, Library Phone - 3442-8395, Email - lblaw@cityu.edu.hk

(29 Mar 2016)

Library Workshops on Finding Dissertations, Using Scopus and Managing Citation with Mendeley

Information  Skills Workshops, April 2016

In April the Library will repeat the following three Information Skills Workshops (ISW) in which you will learn how to locate dissertations and theses, use Scopus to find high quality research literature, and use Mendeley to manage sources and cite them in your preferred citation style. If you missed the sessions we offered earlier this Semester, here is your chance to attend them! All staff and students are welcome!

  • Finding Dissertations and Theses
       Participants should have experience in searching Library databases and the Library Catalogue
    Date and Time: 12 April 2016 (Tuesday), 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
    Description: You will learn how to locate dissertations and theses that are relevant to your research topics using both Library and web resources. You will be introduced to ProQuest Dissertation and Theses A&I.
  • Using Scopus Database
    Date and Time: 14 April 2016 (Thursday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Description: You will learn how to use Scopus, a multidisciplinary citation and abstract database, to find high quality research literature in your field, identify top articles on a topic, track and analyze research information, and more.
  • Citation Made Easy: Using Mendeley
       Participants should have experience in searching Library databases and the Library Catalogue
    Date and Time: 19 April 2016 (Tuesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Description: You will learn how to use Mendeley, a free reference manager and academic social network, to compile your library of references, cite as you write, and create a reference list in your preferred citation style.
Venue of the workshops: User Education Room, Library
Medium of instruction: English

All these sessions will include hands-on experience. To reserve a seat, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/course/isw/. 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!

(16 Mar 2016)

Library Opening Hours — Easter Holiday and 4 Weeks Prior to Revision and Examination Periods (Semester B, 2015/16)

  Opening Hours# Counter Service Hours
25 Mar 2016* Fri 08:30 - 23:00 08:30 - 17:00
26 Mar 2016* Sat 08:30 - 23:00 08:30 - 17:00
27 Mar 2016@ Sun 08:30 - 23:00 Closed
28 Mar 2016* Mon 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 17:00
29 Mar - 1 Apr 2016 Tue - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
2 Apr 2016 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
3 Apr 2016 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
4 Apr 2016* Mon 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 Closed
5 - 8 Apr 2016 Tue - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
9 Apr 2016 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
10 Apr 2016 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
11 - 15 Apr 2016 Mon - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
16 Apr 2016 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
17 Apr 2016 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
18 - 22 Apr 2016 Mon - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
23 Apr 2016 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 (24 April - 17 May 2016).

# 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 Holiday

@ Easter Sunday

(10 Mar 2016)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Introduction to Finding Statistics

  • Do you want to effectively search for statistics available in Library resources as well as those freely available on the Web?
  • Do you want to learn about who might have created the statistics, and where and how to search for them?

If your answer to the above questions is "Yes", then join our Library’s workshop on finding statistics! Tips on how to evaluate statistics will also be introduced. All staff and students are welcome!

Workshop: Introduction to Finding Statistics
Date and time: 16 February 2016 (Tuesday), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
18 February 2016 (Thursday), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: Library User Education Room
Medium of instruction: English

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

To reserve a seat and for more workshop information, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/course/isw/. 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!

(15 Feb 2016)

Temporary Suspension of Interlibrary Loan Services

Owing to software upgrade and data migration, interlibrary loan requests submitted online through ILLiad will be suspended temporarily from 10 February 2016 to 15 February 2016. If you have some urgent requests during this period, you can send them to lbilloan@cityu.edu.hk or call 34426092 / 34429417 for assistance.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused. May we also take this opportunity to wish you a prosperous and productive Year of the Monkey!

(4 Feb 2016)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Workshops on Citing Sources and Using Citation Management Tools Workshops on Journal Impact and Author Visibility

The Library is pleased to announce the following Information Skills Workshops that can help you learn how to cite sources, use citation management tools, measure the impact of journals and increase author visibility. All staff and students are welcome!

Library orientation session
  • Introduction to Citing Sources and Preventing Plagiarism
       This session is identical to the 2 sessions offered in January 2016
    Date and Time: 22 February 2016 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Description: You will learn how to use information ethically and how to cite sources properly. APA and IEEE citation styles will be used as examples.
  • Citation Made Easy: Using ProQuest RefWorks
       Participants should have experience in searching Library databases and the Library Catalogue
    Date and Time: 23 February 2016 (Tuesday), 3:00 pm - 5:45 pm
    7 March 2016 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
    Description: You will learn how to use the new and improved version of RefWorks to collect, manage and organize references and full-text articles, to cite in your preferred style as your write, and more.
  • Citation Made Easy: Using Mendeley
       Participants should have experience in searching Library databases and the Library Catalogue
    Date and Time: 25 February 2016 (Thursday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    14 March 2016 (Monday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Description: You will learn how to use Mendeley, a free reference manager and academic social network, to compile your library of references, cite as you write, etc.
  • Maximize the Visibility of Your Research: Online Tools and Tips
    Date and Time: 24 February 2016 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    29 February 2016 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Description: You will learn about web-based tools and tips to enhance your web discoverability, and how social media can be used to expand your research profile.
  • Journal Rankings: Evaluating the Impact and Quality of Journals
    Date and Time: 24 February 2016 (Wednesday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    26 February 2016 (Friday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Description: You will learn the various ways to measure journals, including the use of major tools such as Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Scopus, and Google Scholar.
Venue of the workshops Library User Education Room
Medium of instruction: English

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

To reserve a seat and for more information, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/course/isw/. 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.

(1 Feb 2016)

Library Workshops to Help You Find High Quality Research

Working on a literature review? Need to find high quality research for your assignment? Want to identify the most highly cited articles in your field? Then come along to our Scopus workshop and Web of Science workshop to find out how these powerful multi-disciplinary databases can make finding high impact research simple.

Web of Science workshop and Scopus workshop image

Scopus workshop - First class is this Wednesday (27 Jan, 6:30 - 8:00pm) with a repeat session on 17 Feb, 3:00 - 4:30pm.
Web of Science workshop - First class is next Wednesday (3 Feb, 6:30 - 8:00pm) with a repeat session on 19 Feb, 3:00 - 4:30pm.

To register and for more library workshops, follow this link: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/course/isw/

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

(26 Jan 2016)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Finding dissertations, company information, and statistics Using Scopus and Web of Science databases

Registration for the following Information Skills Workshops is now open! All staff and students are welcome!

  • Introduction to Finding Company Information
    Date and Time: 26 January 2016 (Tuesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    1 February 2016 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Description: You will learn how to find company profiles, locate financial information and find key competitors, and more.
  • Finding Dissertations and Theses
    Participants should have experience in searching Library databases and the Library Catalogue
    Date and Time: 27 January 2016 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    28 January 2016 (Thursday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Description: You will learn how to locate dissertations and theses that are relevant to your research topics using both Library and web resources.
  • Using Scopus Database
    Date and Time: 27 January 2016 (Wednesday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    17 February 2016 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Description: You will learn how to use Scopus to find high quality research literature in your field, identify top articles on a topic, and more.
  • Using Web of Science Database
    Date and Time: 3 February 2016 (Wednesday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    19 February 2016 (Friday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Description: You will learn how to use Web of Science to search for topics and authors, retrieve citing articles, link to full-text, and more.
  • Introduction to Finding Statistics
    Date and Time: 16 February 2016 (Tuesday), 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    18 February 2016 (Thursday), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Description: You will learn how to effectively search for statistics available in the Library resources as well as those freely available on the Web.
Venue of the workshops Library User Education Room
Medium of instruction: English

The two sessions of each workshop are identical. Hands-on experience will be included!

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/course/isw/. 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!

(20 Jan 2016)