Library Services & Facilities

Book Borrowing & Returning

The IVE LRCs provide lending services to users who possess a valid Student/Staff Identity Card or Borrower's Ticket. Users may borrow library materials by presenting their bar-coded identity cards to the staff at Circulation Counter.

Borrowers are responsible for returning their loans on or before the due date. Overdue notices will be sent to borrowers. Non-receipt of overdue or pre overdue notices in any format will NOT be accepted as an excuse to request for waiving overdue fines. Please refer to the relevant section of the Library Regulations in this Handbook for details.

  • Self-Check Unit

    Most of the Campus LRCs installed a Self-check Unit near the Circulation Counter for users to borrow and to renew library books by themselves. Users should receive a note of loan details including the titles and due dates immediately after all loan transactions are completed.

  • Library Book Drop

    LRC users may return their books to a book drop. AV materials, notebook computers are not allowed to put into the book drop. The book drop is located at the entrance of each LRC and is open for a fixed period of time depending on needs and individual LRC's policy.

  • Self-renewal on Library Materials

    Library materials may renewed via the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). An item can be renewed provided that the following conditions are met:
    - The item is not overdue;
    - The item has not been reserved;
    - The maximum number of renewal for the item has not been exceeded;
    - All library fines must be settled.

  • Reciprocal Borrowing Among IVE and Other Libraries

    • Walk-In Loan Service

      LRC users may borrow library materials from any one of the IVE Libraries by presenting their valid Student/Staff Identity Cards or Borrower's Tickets. Loans issued through this arrangement would be counted as part of the user loan quota.

    • Reservation of Library Collections and Inter-Campus Loans amang IVE LRCs (ICL)

      For all IVE LRC circulating materials that are on loan or on display, LRC users may reserve them online through the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). Loans issued through this arrangement would be counted as part of user loan quota. LRC users can collect the materials from the LRC where they choose as the pickup location. All items can be returned to any campus libraries. More information on OPAC may be obtained from IVE Libraries Homepage.

    • Inter-Library Loan Service (ILL)

      Inter-Library Loan service is available to staff. Through this service, books may be borrowed from major libraries in Hong Kong. In addition, photocopies of journal articles may also be obtained locally and overseas. This document delivery service is provided subject to fund availability. Access to library catalogues of local and overseas universities is available on the IVE Libraries Homepage.

    Library Orientation and User Education

    Library orientation programs are organized for new students and staff at the beginning of each academic year. They are aimed at providing users with library skills and information to use library materials effectively and independently. Special workshops may be arranged upon request to introduce the searching techniques on OPAC, electronic databases and Internet resources.

    A virtual library orientation program is available on IVE Library Homepage for self-paced familiarization with library services and information.

    Reference Service

    • Information Enquiry

      LRC staff is available at the Information Desk or the Circulation Counter to assist users in retrieving library information and in using LRC resources effectively and efficiently.

    • User Guides On Electronic Database

      The IVE LRCs provide access over 100 electronic databases covering more than 32,000 full-text electronic journals on a variety of subjects to meet the needs of staff and students. Users may download or print out the information of these databases for teaching and learning purpose only. The user guides for the electronic databases are available in LRCs and are obtainable from the IVE Libraries Homepage.

    • Subject Guides to Free Internet Resources

      The IVE Libraries have compiled subject lists of electronic resources accessible through IVE Libraries Homepage. Most of them are free for access without charges.

    Library Book Recommendation

    In order to develop a useful collection of library materials for teaching and learning purposes in IVE, teaching staff are encouraged to submit recommendations for new library books, audiovisual materials and periodicals, preferably before the commencement of summer vacation, by using Library Book Recommendation Forms. The forms may be obtained from the Circulation Counters or downloaded from the library online document center of IVE Libraries Homepage.

    Students are welcome to suggest any useful titles to their teaching staff or library staff for purchase.

    New Book Display

    New books on major study disciplines will be displayed in the New Book Display Area for a period of time before they are returned to the shelves for loan. Users are encouraged to preview the newest library books available.

    WebPac Search and Internet Access

    • PC Workstations
      Personal computers with printers are provided inside the IVE LRCs for users to obtain up-to-date learning information for teaching and studying.
    • VPN

      The Virtual Private Network (VPN) service provided by the Council can facilitate remote access to IVE Libraries' subscribed electronic resources and the online catalogue outside Campuses. Its latest development can be obtained from the IVE Libraries Homepage or visit VPN website:

    • Notebook Computers

      Wireless LAN was setup in IVE campuses to enhance the coverage of network access. It supports users to access Internet/Intranet and web-based teaching/learning services, throughout the Campus. To better utilize the service, IVE LRCs provide notebook computers for students and staff to borrow within the Library or Campus. For further information, please contact your campus LRC.

    Non-Print Equipment

    IVE LRCs also provide audio-cassette players, video players and DVD players for LRC users to view different formats of non-print materials.

    Group Discussion Room / Independent Self-Learning Cell

    Some IVE LRCs provide the booking of a small room for self learning or group discussion.

    Photocopying & Printing Service

    Octopus cards can be used at photocopiers or to print from all networked computers in the IVE LRCs. All photocopying and printing must comply with the Hong Kong copyright law.

    LRC users who wish to use copyrighted materials are requested to complete a declaration form from the Circulation Counters. A summary of the copyright law is displayed near the photocopying machines for reference.

    Access Management System

    The IVE LRCs have installed an Access Management System at the entrances. All LRC users must present their student/staff card with a valid barcode for scanning before being allowed to enter LRCs. Any attempt to use other user's library ticket is strongly prohibited and will result in disciplinary actions.