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The Library can help make your research more productive

Can't always get the articles or books you want? Don't worry! Help is on the way. Get in touch with the Library so we can help you make your research more productive and enjoyable.

Here are the steps to expedite your search for the research you need.

Our Library subscribes to many databases that enable you to identify and access the full text of articles published in journals, magazines, books, and newspapers. You can access these databases from on campus or from off campus where you need to login with your Electronic ID and AD/LAN Password.

You can identify the books you need by using the Library's catalogue.

Article or book you want not available?

There are times when the full-text of the articles you want is not available in the Library’s databases. What can you do? You can request these items through our Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL).

If the book you need is not available at CityU Libray and is on loan at other Hong Kong university libraries, you can also try ILL services. We can put a hold on the book at a UGC library for you.

ILL provides access to materials needed for your course work and scholarly research from other libraries.

Who can use ILL?

It is a free service for CityU academic and equivalent administrative staff, research staff, executive officers, as well as postgraduate and final year degree students.

How to send a request?

Requests should be submitted through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system that enables you to submit your requests online, track the progress of your requests, edit previously submitted requests, make book renewal requests online and view PDF articles electronically. Typical turn-around time for an ILL request is about 2 business days, although some requests may take longer to process. You will be notified of the progress by email.

For details of ILL, please visit the Interlibrary Loan Services web page.