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Get Started Guide for New Students - General Information


1. General Information

Welcome to the Lingnan University Library! We hope you can make the best use of the Library in your study. Want to know more about the Library in the quickest way? This get started guide will give you some basic ideas.  

General Opening Hours

Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Sat 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sun 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight
Public Holidays (Please refer to "Opening Hours" of the Library)

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Library Card

Your Student ID Card is your Library Card for entering the Library, gaining access to your reserved rooms in the Library and borrowing Library materials.  

My Library Account

You can login to view your current library loan status or to renew your borrowed items at:

Loan Quotas

For Undergraduate students (UGC funded), Associate Degree and Self-financed Degree students:

Material Type Loan Quotas
Books and Notebook Computers 40
Reserve-3 hours,Reserve-2 days and Reserve-7 days 5
Bound journals, CD-ROM Databases, Special Collections 5
AV  & Multimedia 10
Total 60

Loan Periods and Overdue Fines

For Undergraduate students (UGC funded), Associate Degree and Self-financed Degree students:

Material Type Loan Periods Overdue Fines
Books & CD-ROM or Floppy with text 30 days $2/day
Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) 15 days $2/day
Journals, bound 2 days $2/day
Journals, unbound No -
Reserve-3 hours 3 hours  $1/hour
Reserve-2 days 2 days $5/day
Reserve-7 days 7 days $5/day
Special Collections 3 hours $1/hour
Notebook Computers for Borrowing 2 days $50/day
AV Materials 3 hours or 7 days $1/hour or $2/day
Microform 3 hours  $1/hour
CD-ROM, stand alone or interactive 3 hours $1/hour

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General Collection items will be renewed automatically till the maximum allowable loan period, provided that no hold request has been made for the same item by other users, and the user does not have overdue item. Alternatively, users can renew the borrowed items at the Circulation Counter.

Moreover, overdue General Collection items can also be online renewed provided that students and staff do not have unsettled fines payment equals to HK$5 or above.


You may HOLD a book either it is available, charged out or in "In Process of Cataloguing” status. Simply access the 1 Search and select “Request”, for a maximum of 10 items at a time. Once available, your requested item will be shown on your library account and you will also be notified by email and SMS (need prior registration) for item pick-up at circulation counter where it will be kept for a maximum of 3 days.     


Books charged out are subject to recall 14 days after they have been charged out.  

SMS Alert Service

You may register for SMS alert service so that overdue, recall and pick-up notices will be sent to your mobile phone. For registration, please visit

Floor Plans

24-Hour Book Drops

You may drop your borrowed books into the drop boxes located at:

  • 1/F Library entrance or
  • G/F Main Building near the University entrance or
  • The covered corridor at 1/F SEK Building

Conduct of Library Users

Be good friends of our Library! General conduct of Library users include:

  • No borrowing of others' cards
  • Switch off mobile phones and pagers
  • Be considerate - keep quiet
  • Take care of your personal belongings
  • No food is permitted
  • No empty seats occupancy
  • No violation of the Copyright Ordinance

For the full version of Conduct of Library Users, please see:

Lost and Found

If you have lost your belongings (e.g. wallet, USB drive, etc.) in the Library, please approach our staff on 1/F Circulation Counter for help.  

Getting Help?

Feel free to contact us via: