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Library Guide for Postgraduate Students


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Find@HKUL is the one-stop search for you to discover books, e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more in HKU Libraries.

Simply visit Find@HKUL, key-in your search keywords, and choose the desired scope to search and discover the millions of resources in the Libraries. Choosing different scopes will lead you to the different collections, e.g.:

  • Books+: Print and e-books, journal and newspaper titles, theses, audio-visual materials and more.
  • Articles+: HKUL subscribed online articles including journal and newspaper articles, conference papers and more.


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HKU Libraries resources

With Find@HKUL, you can discover the rich resources in the Libraries, in summary:

Resources Number
Volumes in the Libraries >2.9 millions
E-books >9.1 millions
E-journals (Titles) >267 thousands
E-databases 1,048

More details can be found here.

Tips and tricks

Check-out this guide for a few tips and tricks to help you easily find information with Find@HKUL.


Borrowing Privileges & MyAccount@HKUL

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Borrowing Privileges of Postgraduates

In summary, HKU Postgraduates can borrow:

Type of Material Loan Quota Loan period Maximum Renewal Period
Books 180 items 180 days 1080 days
Audio-visual materials 6 items 7 or 14 days 42 or 84 days

Check-out more details on your borrowing privileges here.



You can log-in MyAccount@HKUL to:

  • View and renew your borrowed items
  • Check your fines
  • Check your loan history
  • Save your search and create alert
  • and more!

Check-out more details on MyAccount@HKUL here.


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You may want to use various databases for in-depth or subject specific information, such as financial data, statistics, newspapers, standards, and more.

You can visit the Electronic Resources page for lists of databases by subjects or by types.

Additionally, you can take a look at the subject guides for recommended resources on your subjects too.


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Your instructor may have worked with the Libraries to set-up a Reading List for the course. With the Reading List you can check and access the course recommended readings easily.

Visit your course Moodle site and click on the "ReadingList@HKUL" widget to take a look at the course readings.

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From Moodle to ReadingList@HKUL


You can also conduct a search for the Reading List directly in the ReadingList@HKUL website. Remember to log-in at the top-right corner for the best experience.

A Reading List is not available for your course? No worries, simply go back to Find@HKUL and conduct searches for the recommended readings.


Course reserve collection

Your instructors may have requested the course recommended readings (print books) be put on reserve.

Main Reserve: Please visit the Self-Service Collection Room (2/F, Main Library) for the course reserve collection in Main Library. Click here for more details.

Branch Library Reserve: Please refer to the respective Branch Library's webpage for the details.


Exambase provides fast and easy access to past examination papers of the University of Hong Kong.

You can download past papers and get prepared for your examinations. Simply visit Exambase and search by Paper title or Course Code.

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Exambase: HKU past examination papers

Beyond HKU Libraries

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Beyond HKU (HKALL + Interlibrary Loan)


This service allows you to request books, book chapters, journal articles and other reading resources beyond the HKU Libraries' collections from local and overseas partner institutes.

Read a brief introduction to the service here.


JULAC Card (Borrower)

HKU Postgraduates can apply for borrower's access to other UGC-funded libraries.

Read a brief introduction to JULAC card and submit an application here.