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(updated on 2 September 2014) RSS


Enhancement of Library Borrowing Privileges

To better meet the needs of our staff and students, the Library will increase the overall loan quota for library materials, sub-quota for Media Resources and book request quota for the following categories of users with effect from 1 September 2014:

Categories of Borrowers Existing Quota New Quota
1. Loan Quota
City University Council Members 40 items 60 items
Departmental Advisory Committee Members with Borrower's Ticket issued by the Library 40 items 60 items
Administrative Staff 40 items 60 items
Non Academic/Teaching/Research/Administrative Staff 20 items 40 items
Research & Postgraduate Students 40 items 60 items
Students (Bachelor and Associate Degrees) 20 items 40 items
Outside Hong Kong or Visiting Research & Postgraduate Students 40 items 60 items
Outside Hong Kong or Visiting Students (Bachelor and Associate Degrees) 20 items 40 items
 
2. Sub-quota for borrowing of Media Resources
All students (except Elder Academy Students & SCOPE students) 2 items 5 items
 
3. Book Request Quota
All City University members (except Elder Academy Students / SCOPE Staff and Students) 6 items 8 items

The loan period will remain unchanged. For details of the loan quotas and periods, please go to http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/about/libreg/regulat.htm#loanquota.

The Library sends out pre-overdue, overdue, recall and reservation notices to all CityU members via their University Email Accounts to inform them to return the borrowed items before or when fines accrue. Also to alert users at an earlier stage to the accumulation of library fines under his/her own account, please note that unsettled bills/fines exceeding HK$50 will automatically result in temporary suspension of borrowing privileges. For more information, please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/about/libreg/regulat.htm#fines.

Wish you a productive and rewarding new academic year!

(1 Sep 2014)

Library Orientation Sessions for Postgraduate Students

Get your academic edge at your library

Welcome new postgraduate students! Registration is now open for the Library Orientation Sessions for Postgraduate Students.

Each session consists of two parts:

  • First, a tour of the Library will help you become familiar with the Library's facilities in addition to the locations and arrangements of library materials.
  • After the tour, a librarian will introduce you to some of the tools, resources, and services that will help you become successful students and researchers.

The Orientation Sessions for Postgraduate Students run from Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Don't miss this chance to get a valuable introduction to your Library! For more information, and to register, visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/orient/orient_pg.htm.

Medium of Instruction:English
Venue: Assemble inside of the Library's entrance
(At the Multi-purpose Lobby)

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

(29 Aug 2014)

Gentle Reminder on Borrowing and Return of Media Resource Items

Due to technical problems, the selfcheck service at the Media Resources Collection Room has been discontinued. Before a new system is implemented, the borrowing and return of the media resource items are handled by Library staff at the Circulation Counter.

Some reminders on media resource loans and return:

  • Borrow and return media resource items at the Circulation Counter during counter service hours.
  • DO NOT return media resource items to any library book drop.
  • All discs and accompanying materials (e.g. insert, books, guides, manuals, etc.) of a set / kit are required to be borrowed at / returned to the Circulation Counter at the same time. Incomplete check out / return will not be accepted.
  • All loans are not renewable.
  • Check the borrowed media resource items before leaving the Circulation Counter. Report any defect or damage to Library staff immediately and the item concerned should not be checked out.
  • Keep the checkout receipt and note the due date of individual items. Overdue fines will be charged for late returns.

The Library strives to provide our users the best service possible and continues working on enriching the Media Resources Collection to support teaching and learning.

Wish you a successful academic year ahead!

(28 Aug 2014)

Library Orientation Tours and "Getting Started" Sessions for New Undergraduate Students

Library orientation session

Welcome to the new academic year! In order to be prepared for your study, research, and academic success, you need to be familiar with the Library's services and resources.

New undergraduates are highly recommended to join a 35-minute Library Orientation Tour to get an overview of the locations of the Library's collections and facilities. Also attend a 60-minute "Getting Started" Session to acquire basic skills in using library resources and services and get off a good start with your coursework and studies.

The Library Tours and "Getting Started" Sessions will be offered from 28 August (Thursday) 2014 to 10 September (Wednesday) 2014

  • Want to get in early? Attend the walk-in sessions offered in August. No registration is required for these early bird sessions.
  • Want to reserve a place? Register for the sessions offered in September.

To learn more and to register, visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/orient/tours.htm for Library Tours and http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/instruct/orient/classes.htm for "Getting Started" classes. The Library reserves the right to cancel any session with less than 5 registrants.

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!

(23 Aug 2014)

Selected Library Collections Relocated to the 2nd Floor

The Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Reference/Research Collections Room (RRCR; 參考/研究資料閱覽室) in the Red Zone of the 2nd floor. From 28 July 2014, you can use the following collections in the new location:

Selected Multi-Volume Sets
Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta Collection
Reference Collection
CityU Dissertations
Final Year Student Projects
Professional Examination Papers
Standards

Selected Library Collections photoThis relocation represents our commitment to continuously improve the library space and ambience.

Opening Hours & Loan Policy

The opening hour of the RRCR is the same as that for the whole Library. The loan policy for those collections has not changed. That is, all books in the above Collections remain to be no-loan materials, except those in the Selected Multi-Volume Sets.

How to Get There?

An internal staircase is provided near the Humanities Academy of the Library (Yellow Zone, the 3rd Floor). For users with special needs, please approach the Circulation Counter (tel.: 3442-8316) or in case the service counters are closed, the security guard at the Library entrance for assistance.

Need Help Using the Collections?

Please contact the respective service desks.

Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta Collection Law Reference Desk
(tel.: 3442-8395)
Reference Collection Reference Desk
(tel.: 3442-6415)
Selected Multi-Volume Sets
CityU Dissertations
Final Year Student Projects
Professional Examination Papers
Standards
Circulation Counter
(tel.: 3442-8316)

Feedbacks and Suggestions

lb@cityu.edu.hk.

(28 Jul 2014)

BrowZine App for iPhone is Available Now!

BrowZine logo

The library is pleased to announce that BrowZine for iPhone is available now! Not only iPad and Android tablet users but also iPhone users, who are current CityU staff and students, can now enjoy the convenience of browsing, reading and monitoring Library's scholarly journals subscribed from different publishers via a user friendly app.

Other updates about BrowZine include:

  • With this new release, a user can create a BrowZine Account for synchronizing his/her "My Bookshelf" contents if he/she has BrowZine installed on both his/her iPhone and iPad.
  • Saved Articles limit has been raised from 100 to 500 articles.
  • For Android users, the My Bookshelf space has been expanded to 64 journals in 4 bookcases.

If you have not downloaded BrowZine yet, do try it now! Getting started is easy. From your tablet/iPhone, find BrowZine in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore and download it for free. You may refer to the BrowZine Quick Start Guide for the instruction on setting up BrowZine on your device and for an overview of the app features. To learn more, please visit:
http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/eres/browzine/

Happy browsing!

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

(8 Jul 2014)

Effective from 24 June, 2014, the Library PIN will be delinked from students' Electronic ID Password.

When CityU students change their Electronic ID Password, the Library PIN will NOT be automatically changed accordingly.

All library users, including CityU students, can create and change their library PIN through the following page:

https://lib.cityu.edu.hk/patroninfo

(24 Jun 2014)

BrowZine — An App for Journal Browsing and Current Awareness of Research in Your Field

BrowZine logo

The library has subscribed to BrowZine, a new tablet application that allows current CityU staff and students to browse, read and monitor many of the library’s scholarly journals, in a format optimized for your iPad or Android tablet! Built to accompany your research needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

To learn more, please take a look at this two-minute video "BrowZine on Campus":
http://vimeo.com/76145833

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.

To learn more and start using BrowZine today, visit:
http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/eres/browzine/

Path to BrowZine on Library website: E-Resources - E-Tools - BrowZine

Getting started is easy! From your tablet, find BrowZine in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon Appstore and download it for free.  When initially launching BrowZine, select "City University of Hong Kong" from the drop-down list of libraries.  Enter your CityU ID Number and your Library PIN.  Start exploring BrowZine!  You may also refer to the BrowZine Quick Start Guide for an overview of the BrowZine features.

We hope you enjoy using BrowZine!

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

(24 Jun 2014)

Update Your CityU Student Email Address Registered with Your Personal Accounts for Various E-Resources

As the final stage of the replacement of the old student email system with the Office 365 student email system, on 1 July 2014, the @student.cityu.edu.hk email address and email redirection to @my.cityu.edu.hk will stop altogether. CityU students are reminded to update their CityU email addresses (from "xxxx@student.cityu.edu" to "xxxx@my.cityu.edu.hk") registered with their personal accounts for various e-resources before 1 July 2014 so that they can continue to receive the notifications, email alerts, password reset messages, news etc. from the vendors/CityU Library about the e-resources concerned from 1 July 2014.

Updating of your email address is especially important for personal accounts of the following e-resources:

  • RefWorks
  • Books24x7
  • SciFinder Scholar

For more information, please visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/temp/std_email_update2.htm

Should you encounter any problem when updating your email address registered with e-resources accounts, please call the Reference Desk at 3442-6415 or email to lbinf@cityu.edu.hk

(13 Jun 2014)

Replacement of JULAC Library Card

We are pleased to announce that a new durable plastic JULAC Library Card will be used for gaining access to other local university libraries from 19 May 2014 onwards. CityU staff and students currently holding the paper JULAC Library Card will be invited in the next few months to replace their paper card with this new plastic card. The Library will send email to individual users to inform them of more detailed procedures for the card replacement to be made online. No cost will be incurred for the card replacement this time. It is hoped that the whole replacement process can be completed by the end of December 2014.

Important notes to JULAC Library Card holders:

  • All paper JULAC Library Cards will be expired on 31 December 2014, that is, CityU users must use the new JULAC Library Card to access other UGC libraries from 1 January 2015 onwards.
  • No card replacement is required for those users whose paper JULAC Library Card expires on or before 31 December 2014.
  • Return the old paper JULAC Library Card when you collect the new plastic JULAC Library Card at the Circulation Counter.
(12 May 2014)