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    Borrowing Privilege

    Students and staff of the University can use the University ID cards to enter the OUHK Library and borrow Library materials. Borrower categories and borrowing privileges are listed below. University ID cards and Library tickets are not transferable.


    Borrower Categories Books from General Collection Reserve Materials
    Loan Quota Loan Period Loan Quota Loan Period^
    Book Item Days Item Hours
    Active students taking OUHK undergraduate degree and sub-degree courses

    Full-time staff (General support)

    Part-time staff *

    Full time temporary academic / administrative staff *
    (contract term less than 1 year)
    10 14 3 2
    Active students taking OUHK postgraduate courses
    16 30 3 2
    Full time academic/administrative staff
    40 30 3 2
    Full time temporary academic / administrative staff *
    (contract term 1 year or over)
    16 14 3 2
    Special categories, including OUHK graduates and OUHK retirees, visitors, outsiders *
    Students taking LiPACE eligible programmes
    4 14 3 2

    * With valid Borrower's Ticket issued by OUHK Library or Tutor Card issued by OUHK Registry

    ^ Loan period may vary with the nature or playing time of the item



    Borrowing and Returning

    Circulating materials can be checked out at Circulation Counter or Self Checkout machine and returned at Circulation Counter. Users must use their own University ID cards to check out Library materials. Circulation services will stop 15 minutes before the Library closes.


    Overdue and Losses

    Borrowers are responsible for returning their loans on or before the due date. Late return of Library materials is subject to an overdue fine and the amount of which is specified in the Library Regulations. For lost or damaged items, borrowers are liable for the cost of replacement plus the shipping and/ or processing fees.



    A maximum of four renewals may be made on any loans.  Users may renew their loans at the Circulation Counter. Renewal can be made online via the Electronic Library under their own borrower records.


    Library materials cannot be renewed if:

    ●  The items concerned are overdue OR

    ●  Maximum renewal limit has been reached OR

    ●  Items are being reserved by other users OR

    ●  Your borrowing right is being suspended.



    Making hold requests on Library Materials

    Materials that can be requested via Library Catalogue in Electronic Library are General Collection books and their accompanying items (SPM) when all the title's available copies are checked out or reserved by another user. A hold request has to be made in person for all other reserve materials (except SPM) at the Circulation Counter. 


    Email notices and library newsletter

    Current Staff/Students can receive the following Library notices timely through their personal OUHK email account:

    i.     Pre-overdue reminders 

    ii.    Overdue notices

    iii.   Book reservation notices

    iv.   Library Service Update (LSU) – the latest issue           

    v.    Library workshop and other announcements


    Night Book Return Box

    Library users can return their loan items, excluding materials from interlibrary loan, to the night book return box located at the entrance of the Library after the Library closes.



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    Modified Date: Dec 15, 2017

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