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Library Support during Online Teaching and Learning: For Instructors

A quick guide to help you with access and use of library e-resources during online teaching and learning period

Arrangement of Library Opening

During the pandemic period, Library opening hours may be adjusted from time to time. Do check the Library Homepage for the latest service updates and opening hours before your visit to the Library.

Off-campus Access to E-Resources


Start from OneSearch, your one-stop platform to search for library resources. Use "Full Text Online" and "Books" filters to view the results that can be accessed online. Visit OneSearch guide for more. 


Visit Journals A-Z to find and access the e-journals available through the Library. You may also use BrowZine which allows easy browsing, reading and following journals on both desktop and mobile devices.


Library has subscribed hundreds of databases that provide various type of e-resources other than books and journal articles in your subject area. Explore related e-databases by type of resources or by subject.

Using VPN

PolyU staff can also use VPN to ensure quick access to library e-resources. Please refer to ITS' VPN set up guide for details.

E-Resources Not Available?

Interim Free E-Resources

Many publishers are offering some or all of their resources for free access during the pandemic period. Visit this page to view the list of these resources.

Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)

Eligible PolyU staff and students can also request for articles and other materials from overseas libraries using Interlibary Loan Service

Request an article via ILL

Course Readings & Other Teaching Materials

Resource List on Learn@PolyU

Resource List provides students with easy access to reading materials prescribed by instructors for particular module right inside the Learn@PolyU course page, including books, readings and other online resources.

Add your teaching materials to Resource List so students can access them all in one platform. Refer to our step by step guide to learn how to do this.

Alternatively, send your reading list to the Library by filling out the Recommend Course Readings & Reserve Books form. We will help create a list for you.

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

The University encourages the inclusion of OER materials in teaching to enrich students' learning experience. The Library has developed an OER portal that allows you to discover OERs in your subject discipline.

Access PolyU OER Portal

You may also add OERs to Resource List so students can access all teaching materials in one page. Refer to our step to step guide to learn how to do this.

Copyright Issues on Teaching Materials

During this period, students may expect more e-materials available on the course page. As an instructor, you may wonder if uploading any teaching materials, e.g. a book chapter, to Learn@PolyU will infringe copyright. Here are some guidelines for you to refer to:

Copyright in General:

For Resources found in OneSearch:

  • Check the license terms on the record. For resources that indicated "Course Pack Electronic: Permitted", you are allowed to include links or a downloaded copy of the work (e.g. a journal article, a book chapter) onto Learn@PolyU, provided that the access to such materials are limited to authorized users only (e.g. your students).


For OERs: 

  • If the resource adopts a Creative Commons (CC) license, check the attributions. For most CC licenses (e.g. CC BY 4.0), you are allowed to use the work for educational use as long as you acknowledge the source of the work. 
  • If the resource adopts "All Rights Reserved", check if the right allows educational use. Otherwise, contact the owner of the resource to ask for permission.
  • For more tips on using OERs, please refer to this page.

i-Space Facilities

PolyU staff and students can access and make use of the following i-Space facilities and equipment by making an appointment at the Library iBooking System.

Book Now@iBooking

Bloomberg Workstation (4/F)

Eligible users can book a Bloomberg workstation located on the P/F or 4/F using the Library iBooking System.

One Button Studio

A self-service studio for staff and students to create digital content with a few steps. The facilities can support you in preparing presentation with PowerPoint projection, speech rehearsal and more.

Equipment in Digital Makerspace

The following equipment are available in i-Space:

  • Laser Cutting
  • Vinyl Cutting
  • Large-Format / Poster Printing
  • 3D Printing
  • 3D Scanner
  • Book Scanner
  • VR Experience Zone - offering HTC Vive Head Mounted Display (HDM) and Unity software

Click here for more information about the i-Space equipment. For enquiries on i-Space Equipment, please contact Technical Support Desk at 2766-6909.

Need Help?

By Phone 2766-6863
WhatsApp 6423-0820 (service hours)
Online Enquiry Online Form (Login required) or Email (
In person Enquiry Counter, P/F, Pao Yue-kong Library
Information Consultancy Service Contact your Faculty Librarians on in-depth research questions