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(updated on 24 May 2017) RSS

Temporary Suspension of Bookdrop Service at Student Residence (Summer Term)

In view of the low usage of the bookdrop during the summer term and with an aim to better utilize library resources, the bookdrop service at the Student Residence will be suspended from 5 June (Monday) to 3 September 2017 (Sunday). Library users are encouraged to return their books to the Library on campus or the bookdrop right outside the Library during this period. The Student Residence bookdrop collection service will resume on 4 September 2017 (Monday).

(24 May 2017)

Temporary Suspension of HKALL Service and Walk-in Borrowing Service Using JULAC Card (6 June to early July)

Run Run Shaw Library

You may be aware that the Library is going to migrate to a new library system in early July in collaboration with the other seven UGC-funded university libraries. To facilitate the system changeover and subsequent launch, all these eight university libraries (i.e. JULAC Libraries) will need to temporarily suspend the Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) service. Walk-in borrowing using your JULAC Library Card will also be affected, as follows:

5 June 2017 (Monday) » Last day for requesting HKALL items
» Last day for using JULAC card to borrow books on-site at JULAC Libraries
15 June 2017 (Thursday)* » Last day for returning HKALL items
» Last day for returning books borrowed from other JULAC Libraries# on CityU-issued JULAC cards

* Books borrowed or renewed after the two dates below will have shorter loan period:
   • 17 May 2017 (for Faculty members, Administrative staff and PG students)
   • 1 June 2017 (for General grade staff and UG students)

# Books borrowed from the Hong Kong Baptist University Library can be returned by the stipulated due date.

To support your research and study, the Library will provide interlibrary loan services to CityU staff and students during the time when HKALL is temporarily unavailable. Thus you will still be able to borrow books from other JULAC Libraries. For enquiries, please contact the Circulation Counter at 3442-8316 or email to

The HKALL service will resume in early July with a new face! JULAC cardholders may need to re-register at respective host libraries after the launch of the new system. We will keep you posted on the issue.

(17 May 2017)

Library Opening and Counter Service Hours for Semester Break (Semester B, 2016/2017)

Period: 17 May – 4 June 2017

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 08:30 – 23:00

Counter Service Hours

Monday & Friday 08:30 – 20:00
Tuesday to Thursday 08:30 - 18:00
Saturday 08:30 - 17:00
Sunday Closed
Public Holidays (30 May) Closed

From 5 June 2017 (Monday) onwards, the regular Library opening and counter service hours will resume.


(8 May 2017)

Walking with Omura's Whale Programme Exhibition

The Library is delighted to announce the upcoming exhibition Walking with Omura's Whale (WOW), from 26 April to 28 May in the Library's Wofoo Foundation Gallery.

In 2014, the carcass of a 10.8 metre-long Omura's Whale was found beached in Hung Shek Mun, Tai Po. This species of whale was only recently discovered in 2003 after a detailed genetic analysis. Staff from the School of Veterinary Medicine and students from various CityU departments have scanned and 3D-printed the whole skeleton. At the exhibition, visitors can view not only this skeleton but also real bones from the Omura's whale as well as from dolphins. A 3D printer will also be on display.

You are cordially invited to visit the Exhibition and join us for the opening ceremony!

Walking with Omura's Whale Programme Exhibition
Opening Ceremony
Date: 28 April 2017 (Friday)
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Venue: Wofoo Foundation Gallery, Run Run Shaw Library
Date: 26 April - 28 May, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 pm
Venue: Wofoo Foundation Gallery, Run Run Shaw Library

For enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Vice-President (Development & External Relations)
Tel: 3442 6348

Library Reference Desk
Tel: 3442 6415

(24 Apr 2017)
Run Run Shaw Library

As of July 2017, it will be easier than ever before to find and access Library resources! To further enhance our support for learning and research, the Library has been working very hard, together with the other seven UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong, to bring you a next-generation library system. Benefits include:

  • A simple and intuitive interface for easy searching and navigation
  • One-stop search for Library's print, media and online resources and instant retrieval of journal articles
  • One-stop search for all eight universities' collections
  • Better discoverability of research content and data

We believe that the new search platform will help improve your research experience, whether you are a student, researcher, faculty member, or general library user.

Watch out for further announcements about the new library system!

(18 Apr 2017)

Partial Access Arrangement - External Users - Revision and Examination Period, Semester B 2016/17

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: 24 April - 13 May 2017*
  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 2017), 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 need 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 2017 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

(7 Apr 2017)

Academian's Talk - The New Image of Traditional Chinese Kung Fu in the 21st Century and The Way Forward

CityU Library and JCAC Hall are grateful to have Master Yeung with us to share his thoughts and experiences in Wing Chun. Master Yeung is a famous Wing Chun Master, and his talk is about the past, present and the future of the Wing Chun.

Please join us on 29 March 2017 at 7:00 pm for this fascinating presentation. We look forward to seeing you there!

Academian's Talk - The New Image of Traditional Chinese Kung Fu in the 21st Century and The Way Forward
Speaker: Master Jerry Yeung, a Wing Chun Master and CEO of Pure Ving Tsun
Date and Time: 29 March 2017 (Wednesday), 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: Multi-Function Hall B, Student Residence, City University of Hong Kong
Medium of instruction: Cantonese

All staff and students are welcome! To reserve a seat, please visit:

For enquiries, please contact:
CK, Residence Tutor of JCAC Hall. Tel: 5420 8292
Bernice Chan, Subject Librarian of Run Run Shaw Library. Tel: 3442 6405

(28 Mar 2017)

Two more Group Study Rooms available for use at the Humanities Academy

The Library is pleased to provide two more group study rooms (Room 1009 and 1010) at the Humanities Academy for booking by eligible users, with effect from 9 am on 15 March 2017 (Wed).

For details, please refer to:

Users are welcome to send their suggestions or enquiries to or IT HelpDesk at 3442-6963.

(14 Mar 2017)

Changes to Alumni Library Services

Termination of Application for PAID e-Resources Service

With effect from 1 March 2017, application for the PAID Alumni e-Resources Service will be terminated due to low usage. Alumni may continue enjoying the same service free of charge for 12 months by simply updating their contact, employment or further study details via AIMS before 30 June 2017. For more information on this free service, please go to

No Alumni Library Services for Existing Students and Serving Staff

Some alumni are currently working at the University or taking CityU-award bearing courses or SCOPE programmes leading to non-local awards. For better access control and to minimize duplication of patron records in the new Library system to be launched in July 2017, the Library will implement the “One Patron One Library Privilege” Policy in which users with multiple identities/roles (like staff and students, staff and alumni, etc.) will be provided only one single library service package/privilege, usually based upon the role that entitles him/her to enjoy the highest level of library services.

With the adoption of the new policy, all alumni who are existing CityU/SCOPE students and/or serving staff can no longer apply for or renew any Alumni Library Services, including free e-resources services, starting March 2017. Yet, SCOPE staff/students who are alumni can still subscribe to our free e-resources service, whenever necessary.

Please contact the Library Circulation Counter at 3442-8316 for enquiries on the new policy.

(22 Feb 2017)