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About the University Library

The University Library is committed to providing quality resources and services in support of the University’s teaching, research, and learning activities. HKBU librarians engage in teaching and instruction, providing learning opportunities that students do not receive in their regular classes. These are crucial to student success in academia and in the workplace.

With the increasing importance of electronic information resources to the University’s teaching, learning, and research activities, the Library provides access to a comprehensive array of e-resources that are not freely available online. This is in addition to its substantial collections of physical materials. Currently, the Library provides access to:

  • 420+ databases
  • 220,400+ electronic journals
  • 1.83 million+ e-book titles
  • 1.05 million+ printed volumes
  • 137,000+ multimedia items

Complementing HKBU Library’s own collections, the holdings of other UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong can be searched via the Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) service. Eligible HKBU users thus have access to the combined physical circulating collections of all UGC-funded libraries, totalling over 11 million volumes.

Apart from its extensive collections, provision of learning spaces and equipment is another key role of the University Library. The Main Library (also known as the Au Shue Hung Memorial Library) features:

  • 1,520 study places
  • The Academic Commons encompassing the entirety of Levels 2 and 3
  • The Trans-disciplinary discovery commons (Tddc) inside Level 2 of Academic Commons
  • A Multimedia Learning Centre (MLC) equipped with PCs and a variety of audio-visual facilities to enable students to make use of multimedia materials and learning/research software
  • New Book and Popular Book areas
  • Special Needs User Rooms with equipment for users with disabilities
  • Group Study Rooms, Group Viewing Rooms, and Postgraduate Study Rooms

In addition to the Main Library, the University community is also served by the following branch libraries:

  • Dr. Stephen Riady Chinese Medicine Library
  • Shek Mun Campus Library
  • European Documentation Centre

The Library further supports the teaching, research, and learning of the University community through its comprehensive user enquiry service. Students are welcome to seek help with finding information for their assignments and research. Where appropriate, such enquiries will be handled by professional librarians. A variety of communication channels are maintained for enquiries, including in-person at the Library’s Information Desk, via telephone, and through electronic means such as email, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger

Data retrieved as of 15 August 2023

Timeline of HKBU Library History and Development

HKBU Library Timeline

Last updated: 31 August 2023