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(updated on 7 August 2014) RSS

Library Service Interruption - Media Resources Collection Room to be Closed for Item Processing

Owing to the technical problem of the selfcheck system at the Media Resources Collection room, the borrowing and return of the media resource items will be handled at the Circulation Counter (starting 15 August 2014) before a new system is implemented. In order to prepare for the transition, some processing work will need to be done on the media resource items in the Collection room.

The Media Resources Collection room will be closed in the following period:

12 August 2014 (Tuesday) to 14 August 2014 (Thursday)

During the period, the borrowing service of the items in the Media Resources Collection room will be temporarily unavailable unless urgent request is needed. Users can still return media resource items borrowed earlier via the EasyReturn unit.

Enquiries can be directed to the Library's Multimedia Services Section at 3442-7069.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

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. Film and music appreciation sessions will be held to encourage learning beyond the classroom.

(7 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

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
Circulation Counter
(tel.: 3442-8316)

Feedbacks and Suggestions

(28 Jul 2014)

Library Opening and Counter Service Hours for Revision & Examination Period and Term Break (Summer 2014)

Please note the following opening and counter service hours of the Library for the Summer Term:

  Counter Service Hours Opening Hours*
Revision and Examination Period
27 Jul 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 23:00
28 Jul 2014 Mon 08:30 - 23:00 08:30 - 24:00
29 Jul - 1 Aug 2014 Tue - Fri 08:30 - 23:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00
2 Aug 2014 Sat 08:30 - 19:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00
3 Aug 2014 Sun 08:30 - 17:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00
4 - 8 Aug 2014 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00
9 Aug 2014 Sat 08:30 - 19:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 23:00
Term Break
10 Aug 2014 Sun Closed 08:30 - 23:00
11 Aug 2014 Mon 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
12 - 14 Aug 2014 Tue - Thu 08:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 23:00
15 Aug 2014 Fri 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
16 Aug 2014 Sat 08:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 23:00
17 Aug 2014 Sun Closed 08:30 - 23:00
18 Aug 2014 Mon 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
19 - 21 Aug 2014 Tue - Thu 08:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 23:00
22 Aug 2014 Fri 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
23 Aug 2014 Sat 08:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 23:00
24 Aug 2014 Sun Closed 08:30 - 23:00
25 Aug 2014 Mon 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
26 - 28 Aug 2014 Tue - Thu 08:30 - 18:00 08:30 - 23:00
29 Aug 2014 Fri 08:30 - 20:00 08:30 - 23:00
30 Aug 2014 Sat 08:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 23:00
31 Aug 2014 Sun 12:00 - 18:00 08:30 - 23:00

From 1 September 2014 (Monday) onwards, the regular Library opening and counter service hours will resume.

* 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.

(14 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:

Happy browsing!

For enquiries, please visit the Reference Desk, call 3442-6415 or email to

(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:

(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":

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:

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

(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 email address and email redirection to will stop altogether. CityU students are reminded to update their CityU email addresses (from "" to "") 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:

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

(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)

Temporary Suspension of Hostel Bookdrop Service (Summer Term)

In view of the low usage of bookdrop during summer term and with an aim to making better utilization of library resources, the hostel bookdrop service will be suspended from 9 June (Monday) to 31 August 2014 (Sunday), both dates inclusive. During this period, library users are encouraged to come back to the campus library to return their books instead. Our normal bookdrop collection service will be resumed when Semester A of 2014/15 starts on 1 September 2014 (Monday).

We apologize for any inconvenience caused to users concerned.

(12 May 2014)

Soft Launch of CityU Scholarly Repository (Beta Version)


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 Please also feel free to contact our subject librarians for assistance in contributing your works to the Repository.

(21 Mar 2014)