Find Books from OneSearch
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. Follow the steps below:
How to Read an eBook?
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.
What if the book you need is not avaliable?
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.
How to Read a Call Number?
Each physical item is labeled with a call number, which contains both letters and numbers representing the source's location in the library, e.g., TX911 .V33 2019. Books on the same subject will be placed in the same range on bookshelves. When you search a print book through OneSearch, you will get a call number, which tells you where you can find the book.
Call numbers can be divided into 4 rows:
Below are some examples of the rules mentioned above:
Please note that large books which cannot be accommodated on the normal shelves (indicates with [QRT] before the call number) are kept at the end of the collection in each wing.
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