The quickest way to find books is through a direct search in OneSearch. You may search by Keywords, Title of the Book, Call Number, or an ISBN number.
Watch the short tutorial below to learn how to find and access e-books and print books in OneSearch.
You may also refer to the steps below:
There are chances that the book you need is not available in the library. It could be because our library does not have the book, or our copy has been checked out by another user.
Here are two ways to help you:
⦿ Option 1. HKALL - faster
HKALL is a shared platform by 8 UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong. Eligible users can 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 working days for pick-up.
⦿ Option 2. Place a hold (wait in the queue)
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.
You can find course reading materials (e.g. textbooks) prescribed by your instructors for specific courses from the "Resource List" page of your course page on Learn@PolyU. If "Resource List" page is not available, an alternative way is to go to the library homepage and search under "Course Resource List".
Watch this 1-minute video to learn how:
Learn more about Resource List in this guide.
The way to access an e-book can be different depending on the platform the book is located. Some platforms allow you to download the whole book in PDF with one click, while some allow downloading a limited number of pages per day due to copyright restrictions.
Here are a few commonly seen examples from e-book databases:
⦿ Full book download allowed. Usually, books directly offered by publishers offer full book or chapter download options.
⦿ Limited no. of pages download per day. Two major e-book providers - ProQuest and EBSCOhost- offer this option. Note that some popular books may only allow online reading. There is no limitation if you read the book online.
⦿ PDF full download is not available. Usually, textbook providers offer this option.
You can check out the books and read them online for a specified no. of hours.
Some books may allow downloading a number of pages to PDF with watermarks.