New and Improved Group Study Rooms

The Library is always working to improve services and facilities for your use.  Recently, we have been able to convert 3 more rooms into group studies!

Back in May, we added room LG4-02.  And this week we rolled out LG3-04 and LG3-08!  We still need to add some artwork to them, and the computer monitor in LG3-08 is a temporary one on the table – a proper 32″ wall-mounted monitor will be added later.

NEW! LG3-04 Group Study Room
NEW! LG3-04 Group Study Room

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Nasty Mess Left in Study Room

This week, the Library was able to extend the overnight study space to include all of LG1.  The plan is to try this out for the study and exam weeks to reduce the pressure on the existing 24-hour LC space.  We are able to do so through a lot of work and planning by Library staff, and with the help of University administration and support from FMO.

Sadly, some students abused this change, and they made a big mess in one of the Media Viewing rooms.

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Expanded Women’s Toilet Facilities for Exam Period

During the exam period, the Library provides an additional women’s toilet during the examination period.

This will be done by converting the G/F Men’s Toilet to Women’s use from 19-29 May.

Ground Floor men's toilet notice
Ground Floor men's toilet notice

So there will be two Women’s Toilets on G/F during exams, as well as one on each of the other floors. Men’s toilets will continue to be available on the other floors.

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Noisy Construction Works in Media This Weekend

As part of the Library’s ongoing renovations, the various wiring conduits in the three Media and Discussion Rooms on LG1 need to be relocated. Unfortunately, this involves some very noisy work, as the contractor cuts the concrete walls for the new conduits.

This work is now scheduled for this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 November). We apologise for the noise – please be understanding as we work to improve the media rooms.

Furniture Samples Available For Comment

We need your comments on some furniture samples for the 1/F and LG1 renovations!

Please visit the furniture samples area on LG1 behind the Media Counter, and write your comments on the posted sheets of paper.

So far, we have several low and high chairs for you to evaluate. More furniture samples will be coming in a week or so, including a table or two.

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Newspapers and Current Periodicals are Moving

As part of a set of Learning Spaces Enhancements, several collections are moving back to the ground floor from LG1.

The Newspapers and Current Periodicals are moving during th next ten days.

This will bring them together with the Popular Books collection in a pleasant environment overlooking the Library Garden. The back issues of the Newspapers will be available in the Garden Lobby, along with some sofas for reading.

Collections are moving

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Expanded Women’s Toilet Facilities for Exam Period

During the exam period, the Library provides an additional women’s toilet during the examination period.

This will be done by converting the G/F Men’s Toilet to Women’s use from 19-29 May.

Ground Floor men's toilet notice
Ground Floor men's toilet notice

 
So there will be two Women’s Toilets on G/F during exams, as well as one on each of the other floors. Men’s toilets will continue to be available on the other floors.

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Heartbleed Security Issue – Library Websites Patched

The HKUST Library takes computer security quite seriously.  As soon as information about Heartbleed came to light, Library Systems staff examined all our servers for vulnerability.  Fortunately, most Library systems never used the versions of OpenSSL which have this bug.  This includes the Library catalog, where your sensitive personal data remains secure.  Two servers were found to be vulnerable, and patches and upgrades were immediately applied to close this vulnerability.

As of Thursday afternoon, none of the Library servers were affected by Heartbleed.

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Expanded Women’s Toilet Facilities for Exam Period

During the exam period, the Library will be providing an additional women’s toilet during the examination period.

This will be done by converting the G/F Men’s Toilet to Women’s use from 9-20 December.

Ground Floor men's toilet notice
Ground Floor men's toilet notice

So there will be two Women’s Toilets on G/F during exams, as well as one on each of the other floors. Men’s toilets will continue to be available on the other floors.

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