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Alumni Library Card

CUHK graduates may apply for an Alumni Library card to access to any of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Libraries.

Types of Library Cards, Privileges and Fees

Types of Cards*

(Circulating materials only)



Discounted Fee^

Borrower’s Card

Loan quota

Initial loan period#

Max. loan period#

Hold quota

1 year



30 books

30 days



5 years



  • Use of the Library’s facilities
  • Onsite access to most library resources
  • Attend library events that are open to the public
  • Attend library seminars/workshops as walk-in participants if seats are available* 
Reader’s Card
  • Use of the Library's facilities
  • Onsite access to most library resources
  • Attend library events that are open to the public
  • Attend library seminars/workshops as walk-in participants if seats are available* 

5 years




^ The discounted fee is applicable to CUHK Alumni Credit Card holders only.  Please click here for details. You must verify your discount eligibility with your CUHK Alumni Credit Card before choosing the discounted fee when filling out the online application form.

.# The loan period will be shortened if the item(s) checked out has/ have been requested by other library users. However, a 14-day loan period is guaranteed. Borrowers can check their loans online via My Library Record. All loans with a loan period of 30 days or more may be automatically renewed unless the item is being requested by other library users. The new due date is calculated from the date of renewal. For details of borrowing quota and loan period, please visit:

* Alumni can only walk-in to attend library seminars/workshops if the events are not full.  However, priority will be given to current CUHK students and staff who also wish to walk-in to join the seminars/workshops.  The instructor has the discretion not to accept walk-in participants if the resources concerned are limited to CUHK current students and staff only. 


To apply for the alumni library card of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library, you need to have an Alumni Account in MyCUHK.  For Alumni graduated in or after October 2010, your 10-digit student ID is your Alumni ID and your CWEM password is your Alumni password.

For others, please initialize your Alumni Account at with your Alumni ID.  If you have forgotten the Alumni ID and password, you may check with the Alumni Account Initialization on MyCUHK for details.

New Application:

Please log on to the MyCUHK portal to apply for a new card.


The expiry date of the Library Card is non-deferrable, you may renew your Alumni Borrower's / Reader's Cards online at MyCUHK portal in the month that the Alumni Library Card expires.

A new library smart card with upgraded security will be issued five working days after the application fee is settled online, by cheque or in cash.

Replacement card: The charge for card replacement is $50.

Important Notes

  1. The Library maintains a one-ID card policy.  Although users may have more than one status, only one Library Card which is selected by the user will be issued.
  2. If you are applying for a Digital Library Service for Alumni (DLSA) at the same time, please pay separately.
  3. All the fees and charges are non-refundable.
  4. Please have an e-photo ready before the application. Your photo must be uploaded before submitting the online application.


Digital Library Service for Alumni

Alumni Library Card holders, including those residing overseas, may also apply for the Digital Library Service for Alumni (DLSA).

Subscription Fee

The annual subscription fee is $400. Subscribe before 30 June 2021 to enjoy a discount fee at $300.




Discounted Fee*

1 year subscription



* CU Alumni Credit Card holders can enjoy a 20% discount off the subscription fee.

Payment methods

  1. Online payment by credit card.
  2. Cheque (To be payable to "The Chinese University of Hong Kong").

How to subscribe

Please log on to the MyCUHK portal to subscribe.

Database List

How to Access

Terms and Conditions

The patrons may download or print a single copy of a citation, abstracts, full text or portions that does not contain a significant segment of a database on a reasonable basis, provided that the information is used solely for personal, research and education purpose only, and not for any commercial use. Massive downloading in any kind is strictly prohibited.  The patron will not use the information in any manner that will infringe the copyright.  Patrons who violate this Terms and Conditions could be suspended from the Digital Library Service for Alumni permanently without any refund and are solely responsible for all the indemnity incurred.

Subject to the change of database subscription and license agreement, the CUHK Library has the right to add/remove the database from the list without prior notice.

Important Notes

  1. Due to license agreements, the number of resources provided as part of this Service is limited.  Please check the Databases List before you apply.
  2. Once you submit your application, you agree to abide by the Conditions of Use governing the Digital Library Service for Alumni.
  3. If you are applying for an Alumni Library Card at the same time, please pay separately.
  4. It is mandatory for subscribers to provide us with a valid email address as all notifications regarding DLSA will ONLY be sent to subscribers via email.
  5. The expiry date of the subscription is non-deferrable.
  6. If you find the Digital Library Service for Alumni not satisfactory within the first month of your subscription period, you may bring the original receipt of the subscription to Alumni Affairs Office (3/F, John Fulton Centre) during office hours for a refund.
  7. The first-month refund policy does not apply to those who have tried or subscribed to DLSA before.