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Book not available in Library? Try HKALL!

There are chances that the book you need is not available in the library. Here are two ways to help you get a copy:

  • HKALL (to request a copy from another local library)
  • Place a hold (wait in the queue)

Visit this guide to learn the steps!

Find Books

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:

  1. Visit Library homepage. Type in your keywords or title of the book and hit the search button. (You may also switch to "Books & Media+" tab which will limit your search to books and physical AV materials only)
  2. Limit results to "Books" under Resource Type on the right panel of the page. You may further refine results to "Physical items" (which means print books only), or "Full Text Online" (which means e-books only). 
  3. Click on the book title to see more information about the book.
  4. For print books, the location is described by its Call Number. You will need to find the book from the bookshelf and check it out at Loan and Return counter at P/F (see below for How to Read Call Numbers).
    For e-books, sign in with your NetID and NetPassword to get access to the full-text of the book.

Look for Course Readings?

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:

Video tutorial - How to quickly find course readings

Learn more about Resource List in this guide.

Search Dictionaries, Handbooks, Encyclopaedias

Refer to the following e-resources for quick overview of a particular subject area in business.