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Library Guide for PolyU Freshmen

Top things every freshman should know about your “Learning Hub” throughout your studies in PolyU and beyond

Introduction

The Library provides you with flexible and dynamic study spaces to suit different user needs. Watch this video to see how our spaces look like. Learn more about our spaces here.

**Some of the Library spaces and facilities are currently unavailable due to the Library Extension and Revitalisation (LER) project. View the latest updates here.


Except for the Podium Floor (P/F), other floors of the Library are coupled with North Wing and South Wing to make it easier for you to identify the location of collections and facilities. This is how the Library floors (i.e. G/F, 1/F, 3/F, 4/F, 5/F) look like:

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Using our Spaces

The Library provides a range of different study spaces for both quiet study and collaboration. ​You can choose the study space that suits your needs:

 

  = Open study area       = book via iBooking*

  North Wing South Wing
5/F

   Quiet study  |  Individual study seats & carrels

4/F

   Collaboration

   Quiet study  |  Individual study seats & carrels

3/F

   Collaboration  |      Group viewing rooms

   Quiet study  |   undefined  Research carrels  

P/F

   Quiet study  |  Individual study seats

1/F

   Quiet study  |  Individual study seats & carrels
(Temporarily unavailable due to LER)

G/F

   Collaboration  |      Project rooms

Closed for renovation (Details)

**The availability of Library spaces may change from time to time due to LER project. View the latest news here.


If you require privacy for research/ self-study or group discussions, you may go for:

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Individual study carrels

Self check-in Research Carrels for private individual study situated in 3/F South Wing. They are available for walk-in use or can be booked in advance via iBooking. You may also use semi-private study carrels on 1/F North Wing, 4/F South Wing and 5/F which are on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Group rooms

For group discussion, Group Viewing Rooms (3/F North Wing, Multimedia Commons) and Project Rooms (G/F North Wingcan be booked in advance via iBooking.

*iBooking is an online booking system for research carrels, group rooms, computers and facilities in the Library. Watch this video to learn how to Online Booking for Research Carrels & PC Workstations. Please be sure you have selected the appropriate path on the iBooking login page. Also, learn about the rules involved.

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Located at 3/F North Wing & 4/F North Wing of the Library, i-Space provides you with entry-level digital equipment and facilities/ studios that help you to realize your ideas and creations.


Five studios are available at the Multimedia Commons (3/F North Wing) for you to record your video and audio recordings, create interactive virtual tours and facilitate online learning activities, etc. Make a booking before you come!

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One Button Studio

A self-service studio to support video creation with just a few steps. Remember to bring a USB drive with you!

    

Online Learning Studio

A self-service studio equipped with a 4K webcam and pre-installed with common video conferencing software. You can also use it for live classes, discussion, and other online learning activities.

    

Sound Recording Studio

Another self-service studio equipped with professional sound recording equipment and digital audio workstation (DAW) software for sound production, audio or video dubbing, recording of narrations for PowerPoint, etc.

    

Multimedia Production Studio

A self-service studio to support the production of 360 virtual tours and animated videos. It allows you to preview the motion of animated virtual characters in real-time.

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Digital Studio

A professional studio equipped with advancing camcorder, lighting system & other digital video recording technology for 4K video production.


Other digital equipment and facilities:

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    undefined    Software List         Vinyl cutting

You are welcome to join the MakerMindset@i-Space series of workshops that provide you with hands-on experience in using these digital tools and giving you a chance to make your own creative project.

Find out more about MakerMindset@i-Space programme.

Using our Computing Facilities

The Library provides desktop computers and printers on every floor.  All PCs are installed with Microsoft Office applications while some are equipped with special software. You can choose the computer that suits your needs:

 

   = book via iBooking*

  North Wing South Wing
5/F

Multi-purpose PC workstation (Software list)

4/F

i-Space:

Multi-purpose PC workstation (Software list)

3/F

Multimedia Commons:

Multi-purpose PC workstation (Software list)

Seminar Room:

      MacBook (Software list)

P/F, 1/F & G/F

Multi-purpose PC workstation (Software list)

**The availability of Library spaces may change from time to time due to LER project. View the latest news here.


You may choose to book a Mac computer or borrow a notebook PC/ Apple MacBook Air/ Apple iPad Pro that suits your need:

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Mac Computers

Apple iMacs and MacBooks in the library offer various graphic and multimedia applications (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud suite).

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Borrow a Notebook Computers/ Tablets

A number of notebook PCs, MacBooks and iPads are provided for short term loan and use inside the Library. Learn more about booking regulations and procedures.

Search for software in Library computers


*iBooking is an online booking system for research carrels, group rooms, computers and facilities in the Library. Watch this video to learn how to Online Booking for Research Carrels & PC Workstations. Please be sure you have selected the appropriate path on the iBooking login page. Also, learn about the rules involved.

The Library provides different kinds of printing, photocopying, and scanning services. Printers, photocopiers and scanners are available in different locations:

 

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Printers/ Photocopiers

Printers and photocopiers are available on all floors. You can print directly from the library computers, your notebook and mobile devices.  Only Octopus card is accepted for payment. You can check the unit prices here.

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Scanners

Scanners are available on these floors and free to use. You can scan a document up to A3 size and save it to your own USB or to a dedicated PC in the Library.

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Large Format Printing, Copying and Scanning

Large format printing in black & white and color from size A2 to 60-inch print width on large plotters is available on request via Online Printing Submission System (OPSS).

Staff at Technical Support Desk (4/F North Wing, i-Space) are able to provide prompt assistance to users on printing and copying matters. You may also contact them at 2766-6909.

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Recharge your Devices

Power outlets are provided on study tables and group discussion areas in all renovated Library areas. 

Battery charging booths or stations can also be found on P/F, 4/F and 5/F.

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Wi-Fi Services

Wi-Fi Service is available for free throughout the campus. You can make use of different networks or services to access the Internet in the Library with their portable devices.