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To borrow books and multimedia items from the Library, you must have a valid University ID card as defined in the Library Regulations. Simply take the items to the User Services Counter on Level 3 and complete the loan procedures. You can also use the Self-Check Machine on Level 3 to borrow compatible books.

Borrower TypeOverall Loan QuotaOverall Hold Quota1
Postgraduate / HKBU Self-funded Postgraduate30040
Undergraduate / CIE 200 30
SCE / SCM (Part-time) 100 20
Faculty & Staff
Academic / Teaching / Administrative Staff / Part-time Lecturer Unlimited250
Non-teaching Staff10020
SCE Part-time Lecturer 10020
Member of the Court, the Council, & Council Committees 
(non-HKBU Staff)
Retired Staff Member (as defined by the Human Resources Office) 10020
Emeritus President / Emeritus Professor 10020
Visitor / Adjunct Professor / Honorary Professor / Honorary Associate / Consul-General-in-Residence / Writer in Residence10020
Century Club / Foundation Member10020
JULAC Card Holder105
Special Borrower / Corporation10020
  1. Your hold quota is the maximum number of items that you can request at one time.
  2. Effective 1 December 2022 until further notice.

The loan / renewal period for all users is 20 weeks with unlimited renewals. Please note that all borrowed books are subject to recall and the loan period may be shortened.

Users may borrow Popular Books (except JULAC card holders, special borrowers, and retired staff) with a 7-day loan period, renewable up to 21 days and with no reservation allowed.

For Course Readings, up to two items may be borrowed for a loan period ranging from 4 to 48 hours. Course Readings items on 4-hour loan can be checked out overnight within four hours before closing, and they must be returned when the Library opens the next day.

Below is the Loan Rule Table for the Multimedia Collection. The loan / renewal period for all users is 7 days, renewable up to a maximum of 21 days. 

All multimedia materials checked out are for personal use only.

Borrower TypeLoan PeriodMax. Loan LengthLoan Quota
Academic, Teaching, Administrative Equivalent Staff,
Non-teaching Staff & Part-time Lecturer
7 days21 days60
Student* & SCE Part-time Lecturer7 days21 days30
Retired Staff Member*
7 days21 days5

* Microforms (MF) can only be used inside the Multimedia Learning Centre.

For multimedia course materials, please request the item at the User Services Counter on Level 3. 

Up to two multimedia course materials may be borrowed at a time for a loan period ranging from 4 to 48 hours.

Last updated: 02 February 2024