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Guides & Tutorial, Pao-Yue Kong Library, The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

OneSearch Discovery Platform -- Quick Tips

Why do we have to sign-in on OneSearch?

Book checked out by others? Sign-in & try the following ways to get a copy.

1) HKALL;   2) Place a hold (wait in the queue)

HKALL is a shared platform by 8 UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong. Eligible users can sign-in to request a book from other libraries when the copy in PolyU is not available. The book will be then delivered to our Library in about 2-3 days for pick-up. 

Place a hold to reserve a book when the book is only available in our Library and there are no available copies from HKALL. After you place a hold, the previous user will be asked to return the book in about 28 days.


Follow the steps below to request a book from HKALL or reserve a local copy when HKALL does not apply.

  1. Click into the record of the checked-out book and sign in to the system if you haven't done so. 
  2. Click Search in HKALL. You will then be brought to the record page under HKALL.
  3. Click "Check holdings and other locations".
  4. Click HKALL Request if there are available copies from other HKALL Libraries. If no available copies, you may place a hold from PolyU Library by clicking Request.
  5. Proceed to Request if there is no Volume number or Standard number to specify. You will be notified by email when the book is ready to pick up.


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Book located at remote storage? Sign-in to request it.

Follow the steps below to request a book from storage: 

  1. Click into the record of the checked-out book and sign in to the system if you haven't done so. 
  2. Click Request button to proceed.
  3. Proceed to Request if there is no Volume number or Standard number to specifiy. You will be nitified by email when the book is ready for pick up.

Bookmark your favourite items

After you've signed in to your account in OneSearch, you will be able to bookmark the items by following the steps below:

  1. Search your desired keywords. 
  2. Hit the Push Pin to bookmark your favourite items.
  3. View your bookmarked records by clicking the big Push Pin at the top right corner.

Save your searches and Set alert

After you've signed in to your account in OneSearch, you will be able to save your search queries and set alert to notify you if there is any newly added records matched your saved searches by following the steps below:

  1. Search your desired keywords. 
  2. Click on Save query to keep the search in your saved searches list.
  3. View your saved search query by clicking the big Push Pin at the top right corner and select Saved Searches.
  4. Hit the bell to turn on the notifications to your PolyU email.

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