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(updated on 13 April 2015) RSS


Library Opening Hours — Revision and Examination Periods (Semester B, 2014/15)

In the forthcoming Revision and Examination Periods from 26 April to 16 May 2015, 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)
26 - 27 Apr 2015 Sun - Mon 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00
28 Apr - 15 May 2015 Mon - Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 24 hours
16 May 2015# Sat 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
26 Apr 2015 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
27 - 30 Apr 2015 Mon - Thu 08:30 - 23:00
1 May 2015* Fri 08:30 - 17:00
2 May 2015 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
3 May 2015 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
4 - 8 May 2015 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
9 May 2015 Sat 08:30 - 19:00
10 May 2015 Sun 08:30 - 17:00
11 - 15 May 2015 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 23:00
16 May 2015# Sat 08:30 - 19:00

* 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 184 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.
(13 Apr 2015)

Partial Access Arrangement - External Users - Revision and Examination Period, Semester B 2014/15

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: 27 April - 13 May 2015*
  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 (14 - 16 May 2015), 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 14 May 2015 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.

(10 Apr 2015)

Si Ku Quan Shu Reading Room 四庫全書閱覽室 is Now Open

Si Ku Quan Shu Collection Si Ku Quan Shu Collection Si Ku Quan Shu Collection

To provide a better space and ambience for the study of Chinese classics, Si Ku Quan Shu 四庫全書 in particular, the Library has turned part of the 2nd floor into a Si Ku Quan Shu Reading Room 四庫全書閱覽室.

The opening hours of the room are the same as the Library's. It is accessible by all valid CityU Library users, but priority is given to those who use the collection housed in the room.

To find out more about the Si Ku Quan Shu Reading Room, visit: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/collect/skqs/.

Enquiries & assistance:
Circulation Counter, Library; Phone 3442-8316; Email lbasprs@cityu.edu.hk

(1 Apr 2015)

Coin-operated Photocopier - Termination of Service (15 April 2015)

In view of the low usage of coin-operated photocopiers, the Library will withdraw the coin-operated photocopier with effect from 15 April 2015.

Users are therefore recommended to use Octopus-operated photocopiers in Library.

(31 Mar 2015)

Library Opening Hours — Prior to Revision and Examination Periods (Semester B, 2014/15)

  Opening Hours# Counter Service Hours
30 Mar 2015 Mon 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
31 Mar - 2 Apr 2015 Tue - Thu 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
3 - 4 Apr 2015* Fri - Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 17:00
5 Apr 2015@ Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 Closed
6 Apr 2015! Mon 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 Closed
7 Apr 2015* Tue 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 17:00
8 - 10 Apr 2015 Wed - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
11 Apr 2015 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
12 Apr 2015 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
13 - 17 Apr 2015 Mon - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
18 Apr 2015 Sat 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 19:00
19 Apr 2015 Sun 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 12:00 - 18:00
20 - 24 Apr 2015 Mon - Fri 00:00 - 01:00 & 08:30 - 24:00 08:30 - 23:00
25 Apr 2015 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 (26 April - 16 May 2015).

# 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

! Day following Ching Ming Festival

(16 Mar 2015)

Training Session on OSIRIS and BankScope Databases

The Library is pleased to announce the upcoming training session on the financial databases OSIRIS and BankScope. All CityU staff and students are welcome!

OSIRIS is a database of listed companies from over 190 countries. It provides reports including income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and ratios. A wide range of complementary information such as ownership, subsidiaries, and ratings is also available.

BankScope provides reports for over 28,000 public and private banks worldwide. Balance sheet and income statements with up to 16 years of information are included as well as ratings, ratings reports and ownership information.

The session will introduce the coverage and features of the databases and include:

  • Overviews of both databases and data sourcing
  • Basic navigation
  • Quick search and advanced search
  • Company/Bank Reports – content and customization
  • List format – customizing and saving a list format to retrieve the data you need

Learn more about these important databases by attending the following training session:

Instructor: Mr Ray Chia, Bureau Van Dijk
Date and time: 10 March 2015 (Tuesday), 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Venue: User Education Room, Library

The medium of instruction is English.

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

(4 Mar 2015)

Talk @ the Library: Elsevier Talk for Authors on How to Get Published

The Library is pleased to announce the Elsevier Talk for Authors on How to Get Published.

Researchers advance science by doing experiments, measurements and calculations and interpreting the results. The next essential step is to write down the results and conclusions in a scientific paper and to get published in a scientific journal, which however, requires a different set of skills.

Dr. Jan Willem Wijnen, Executive Publisher of Elsevier, will give a presentation to CityU staff and students on how to get published. Elsevier is an academic publisher that publishes medical and scientific literature. In this talk, you will learn about:

  • The peer-reviewed publication process
  • The organization of a scientific journal
  • The correct way to writing a paper
  • What editors are looking for when selecting papers to publish
  • The most common reasons for editors to reject a paper
  • How to get published in the best journals
Speaker: Dr. Jan Willem Wijnen, Executive Publisher, Elsevier
Date and Time: 9 March 2015 (Monday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venus: User Education Room, Library

This talk is aimed at new authors, but also at more experienced authors who want to hear how to bypass common publishing hurdles or discuss specific problems with the editor and publisher.

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!

(27 Feb 2015)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Introduction to Finding Company Information

The Library is pleased to announce the following workshop, Introduction to Finding Company Information. In this workshop, participants will learn how to:

  • Find company profiles.
  • Locate financial information.
  • Find key competitors.
  • Search journals and news sources to find independent analyses of company strategies, and more.
Date and Time: 3 February 2015 (Tuesday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
6 February 2015 (Friday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: User Education Room, Library

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

(28 Jan 2015)

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library: Workshops on Research Impact & Author Visibility

The Library is pleased to announce the following two Information Skills Workshops to help you learn how to measure the impact of journals and articles and to increase author visibility. All staff and students are welcome!

Using Citation Analysis Tools to Evaluate Journals and Articles

Date and Time: 2 February 2015 (Monday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
5 February 2015 (Thursday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Venue: User Education Room, Library
Description: You will learn the various ways to measure the impact of journals and articles, including the use of major tools such as Journal Citation Report (JCR), Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar. Altmetrics, alternative measures of scholarly influences, will also be covered.

Maximize the Visibility of Your Research: Online Tools and Tips

Date and Time: 9 February 2015 (Monday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
11 February 2015 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: User Education Room, Library
Description: You will learn about web-based tools that can help you raise the visibility of your research. You will also learn how to enhance your online research profile to distinguish you from other researchers, and how social media can be used to expand your research visibility.

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!

(26 Jan 2015)

Library Workshops: Finding Dissertations and Theses and Citation Made Easy - Using Citation Management Tools

Information Skills Workshops @ CityU Library =

bulletQuality information for assignments
bulletBetter research skills
bulletSearch tips and tricks too good to miss
bulletResources and services to support your academic success

Registration for the "Finding Dissertations and Theses" and "Citation Made Easy - Using Citation Management Tools" workshops is now open! These workshops are for students and staff who have experience in searching Library Databases and the Library Catalogue.

  • Finding Dissertations and Theses
    Date and Time: 26 January 2015 (Monday), 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    29 January 2015 (Thursday), 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Citation Made Easy - Using Citation Management Tools
    Date and time: 28 January 2015 (Wednesday), 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
    30 January 2015 (Friday), 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Venue of the workshops: User Education Room, Library
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!

(16 Jan 2015)