With HKALL (Hong Kong Academic Library Link), CityU staff and students of courses leading to CityU awarded degrees* can access the library resources of all University Grants Committee (UGC) funded libraries.
HKALL aims at accelerating library resource sharing among all UGC libraries. It serves as a common on-line catalogue allowing staff and students of the partner institutions access to each other's library resource --- a total of over seven million monographs and other materials. HKALL is the first of such partnership in this region and holds a large number of Chinese bibliographic records.
Based on an Innovative Interface software running on a server housed at the HKU Libraries, HKALL seamlessly connects the library automation systems of all university libraries in Hong Kong. So CityU staff and students can request and borrow materials belonging to other UGC libraries directly. The system has loaded the catalogues of all participating libraries into a central database. With a single search, eligible users can identify and borrow materials from the common pool of collections using any personal computer in any location with access to the Internet, and have the materials delivered to the libraries of their respective institutions for further checkout.
Unlike the interlibrary loan service that involves intermediary manual processing, HKALL is an automated system using a common on-line catalogue and a central database. Thus a much quicker turnaround time from requests to pickup notices can be expected.
While the interlibrary loan services cater only to certain categories of users, HKALL borrowing services are extended to all staff and students of participating universities.
CityU users may direct their comments and queries about HKALL to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Awarded degree here means Associate Degree or its equivalent, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctoral Degree and Postgraduate Degree/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate. (Students of short courses, single subject certificates, diplomas, professional diplomas, professional certificates or external degrees awarded by overseas institutions are excluded.)
* Excluding outside HK or visiting students