University Library Regulations
Admission to and use of the University Library (the Library) is conditional upon the observance of the Library regulations (the regulations) made by or with the authority of the Library Management and Development Committee. All members of the Library staff are empowered to enforce the regulations. Anyone who is believed to have violated the regulations, disturbed readers or damaged Library materials may be excluded from the Library and all privileges of using Library services may be suspended. All Library users are resumed to know the regulations before using the Library services and facilities. If users breach the regulations, serious cases may be referred to the relevant University Authority. In case of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the Chinese and English versions of the regulations, the Chinese version shall prevail.
All users must present valid University Identity Cards or any valid Library cards when entering the Library.
Loss of University Identity Cards or any valid Library cards must be reported to the Registry and the Library respectively without delay.
Conduct of Library Users
No food may be taken into the Library 2/F to 6/F. Beverages (non-alcoholic) in spill-proof containers are allowed on all Library floors.
Smoking is prohibited in the Library.
Games for non-academic purpose are not allowed in the Library.
No wet umbrellas or raincoats may be brought into the Library.
Notices must not be displayed or distributed in the Library.
Keep quiet in the Library except for the designated areas. Any user causing disturbance to others and ignoring the verbal warning of the University Librarian or his/her designated representative will be liable to disciplinary action and may be excluded from the Library.
Mobile devices must be set to silent mode except for designated areas. The use of headphones is allowed but the volume should be turned down to avoid sound leakage.
Users are not permitted to reserve seats in the Library. Any personal belongings or library books left unattended on Library desks may be considered “seat reservations,” and any such seats may be taken up by other users. In case of dispute, the University Librarian or his/her designated representative has absolute discretion to allocate seats or study places to users concerned. Any unattended belongings should be reported to library staff at Library Counter.
Unattended belongings may be removed by Library staff without prior notice to the owner. The Library will not be responsible for any loss or damage of personal property. Lockers are available in the Library to store personal belongings.
Books and other items which are the property of the Library must not be mutilated or defaced. The full replacement cost will be charged for any damage caused by users.
Tables and chairs should not be misused or moved to new positions except as permitted by Library staff.
Prior permission must be sought for photo-taking or video shooting in the Library.
In case of a fire alarm, users must follow the instructions of library staff to leave the building (Escape route information is posted at each emergency exit).
For the purpose of security, CCTV monitoring is in use in the Library.
Rules of Special Collection Room should be observed.
External reader card for admission to another local library is governed by the regulations of that card-issuing library. Misuse of the card may lead to the cancellation of permission to access that university library. Serious offenses will be referred to either the University Authority or the Student Disciplinary Committee for further action.
Borrowers shall be held responsible for any loss, mutilation, damage or defacement of library materials by writing or other marks and shall be required to pay the full cost of replacing or repairing such materials.
The Librarian may, at his discretion, restrict the borrowing of certain categories of library materials.
Users must produce Student or Staff Identity Cards or any valid library card when borrowing library materials.
No library materials may be removed from the Library until their issue has been properly recorded at the appropriate counter or self-check machine. The Library will submit a report to the Student Discipline Committee for necessary action in cases of student violations, or to the University in cases of staff violations.
All loaned library items should be returned upon graduation, withdrawal or cessation of employment from the University.
Loan items should be returned on time. The loan period will be shortened when another user makes a request and the borrower will be informed (Loan privilege information is posted at G/F Circulation Counter).
Access to electronic resources is governed by license agreements. Under these agreements, access to the resources is restricted to members of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. The resources are for education and research purposes only. Commercial use, systematic/excessive downloading and redistribution of electronic information outside the university are prohibited. Violation of the license terms may result in the loss of access to that resource for the entire university community. The Library will submit a report to the Student Discipline Committee for necessary action in cases of student violations, or to the University in cases of staff violations.
Reproduction or duplication of audio-visual materials or computer software without permission from the copyright owner is strictly prohibited.
Photocopying of library materials should be made in accordance with the Copyright Ordinance (Cap 528) of Hong Kong. Users are fully responsible for any legal consequences arising from infringement of applicable copyright laws. Information on copyright restrictions is posted next to the photocopiers in the Library.