Expanded readership program for UGC-funded bachelor degree students

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to inform you that six UGC institution libraries have recently agreed to widen their resource sharing programs by expanding readership privilege to UGC funded bachelor degree students to all years so that our students may also be able to take advantage of the collective collection strength of the participating libraries. The six libraries are: Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd), Lingnan University (LU), and University of Hong Kong (HKU).

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has decided not to participate in this expanded readership program due to their concern that they may be swamped by students from other UGC institutions given their location by the Hung Hom KCR station. The City University Library (CityU) may join this project after conducting a student survey.

Specific terms of this expanded access program, which will take effect on 1 March 2004, are:

Only UGC funded bachelor degree program undergraduate students are eligible to apply;
They may only apply for a three-month pass to a particular library once a year, though they may apply to more than one library over a year's time or at the same time;
There is a fee of $50 charged to cover the cost of issuing a temporary library card to the applicant.
Because the purpose for this readership program expansion by UGC institution libraries is to facilitate access to the collective collection strength of the participating libraries, applicants will need to (a) have a recommendation from a teaching staff and (b) be interviewed by the duty librarian at the Main Library Reference Desk.

Prior to the implementation of this expanded readership program, the HKBU Library had already worked out special access arrangement with the LU and HKUST libraries and the terms will continue to apply: (a) the $50 application fee is waived among the three libraries; and (b) faculty recommendation and the interview requirement are not necessary. For more details, please peruse information on the Library homepage at http://www.hkbu.edu.hk/lib/others/faq-misc.html#visit.

While some of you may wish for a more streamlined and more ubiquitous readership program for our undergraduate students, I ask for your patience and recognition that progress in this direction will be iterative. The participating libraries have agreed to review the use pattern and use data in a year's time. I am optimistic that we will see additional resource sharing efforts in the future.

Shirley Leung, University Librarian
Hong Kong Baptist University

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