Library users who are eligible to borrow must use their library card in order to check out a circulating item.
How to borrow
With a library card, users can borrow at the self-checkout machines or take the item to the Service Counter.
Borrowing quota and loan period
Please refer to the following table for the number of items that may be borrowed at any one time and the length of time items may be kept. Unless the items concerned are recalled or requested by other users, loans can be renewed up to the maximum loan period.
* All loans with a loan period of 14 days or more may be renewed up to the maximum loan period specified above unless a hold or recall has been placed. Users can renew their loans in person or online via My Library Record anytime before the due date. The new due date is calculated from the date of renewal.
# All items with an initial loan period of 30 days or more are subject to recall. For explanation of what recall is, please click here.
How to locate library materials
Understanding the Classification systems can help you to find the library materials easier and quicker. The Library of Congress (LC) Classification Scheme has been used since 1969 for Western language materials and from 1971 for East Asian language materials. Medical books are classified according to the National Library of Medicine Scheme. Each item in the Library collection is assigned a Call Number, which is a combination of letters and arabic numerals. The call number can be found in the LibrarySearch and on the spine of each book.
All materials are shelved by Call Number, first by Main Classes, then by Subclasses. Books of QB are therefore follow books of QA. After capital letters representing Main Classes and Subclasses books are shelved according to their assigned numerical subdivision number and then by author letters and numbers. The author letters and numbers are filed in a decimal system. For example: QA76.S844 is shelved before QA76.S87. When Call Numbers are exactly the same, books are shelved according to date of publication chronologically. Please refer to the Locations of Collection for details.
Retrieval of Remote Storage Materials
Library materials kept at the Remote Storage are available for the use of our users:
- Monographs, references and back issues of Periodicals
The statuses of these materials are marked as “Remote: Pls Request/hold” in the LibrarySearch. Library users may request these materials following the same hold procedure. The Hold Pickup Notice will be sent to users in three working days after the hold was placed. The requested materials can then be checked out at the Service Counter, University Library.
- Back Issues of Newspapers
The statuses of these materials are marked as “Remote: Ask at Circulation” in the LibrarySearch. Library users may request these materials to be used inside the Library. To request, simply download and fill in the request form and email to email@example.com OR fill in a request form at the service counter of any CUHK libraries. Requester will be contacted in three working days after the request was placed. The requested materials can then be picked up at the Service Counter of the University Library.
CUHK faculty member may authorize another library card holder to check out library materials on their behalf. For the details, please refer to this form.