Holds & Recalls

Holds & Recalls 預約及催還

Holds and recalls allow users to request items that are currently checked out to other users.

How to place a hold

You may place holds via LibrarySearch anytime. A Hold Pickup email notice will be sent to you when your hold becomes available. The item on hold has to be collected in 7 days, or it will be cancelled automatically after that. You will receive a Hold Cancellation notice if the requests cannot be filled e.g. items need to be put on reserve, items not found on shelf, etc. 

What is a recall?

A recall is a request to get a book back from another borrower as soon as possible. The hold service may lead to a recall of the checked out items and shorten their due date if they are on loan for 30 days or more, i.e. 14 days from the date of recall. The new due date will be shown in users’ Library Record at LibrarySearch and in the Recall Notice sent to the users via email.

How should I respond to a recall?

If you receive a Recall Notice, you should observe the new due date mentioned in the Recall Notice. Late return of recalled CUHK items will incur a fine at $5/item/day, whereas late return of recalled HKALL items will incur a fine at $4/item/day. Users are strongly advised not to take borrowed items outside Hong Kong. Please note once a recalled item is overdue all items under a user’s account will not be able to be renewed until the recalled item is returned.

To ensure receiving important notices from the Library without delay, users must add/update their email address via their My Library Record in the Library homepage.

Number of holds

Category Number of Holds
Undergraduate students 10
Postgraduate students 20
Teaching staff (Terms A) 20
Teaching staff (Terms B) 20
Research staff 20
Administrative staff (Terms A) 20
Honorary Clinical Lecturer 20
Emeritus professors 20
General non-teaching staff (Terms B) 10
Staff members of Terms C 10