As the heart of the HKUST intellectual enterprise, the Library supports the University's teaching and research in science, engineering, business and management, the humanities and social sciences. Drawing students, scholars, and others from throughout the campus, across the region, and around the world, the Library also is a venue and hub for intellectual and cultural exploration, and various types of collaboration and partnership.
The Library is centrally located on the picturesque Clear Water Bay campus of the University. It is a five-storey building with 12,350 square meters of floor space, providing over 3,100 reader seats. In addition to reading tables, study carrels and media carrels for individual use, the Library provides group study rooms, media viewing rooms, seminar and presentation rooms, as well as e-classrooms for instructional purposes.
With a strong focus on technology and network access, the Library building contains various facilities and equipment for computing, digital applications, enhanced information retrieval, and wireless network connectivity. It also includes a Learning Commons which provides a technology-rich environment for active learning and education. While audio-visual materials are available for use in specially equipped facilities, the delivery of streaming media to end users is also provided by the Library.
To support its mission, the Library offers a rich array of information resources, both local and remote. In addition to over 700,000 print volumes and a large collection of media resources, it provides access to more than 35,000 electronic and print journals, a large number of e-books, databases, and other digital information resources. The Library's participation in academic library consortiums and international cooperative programs enhances information access and opens borrowing privileges to library collections at other academic and research universities. Among other library organizations and collaborative programs, the Library is a member of JULAC, HKALL, RAPID, OCLC, SPARC, CONSER and NACO.
More importantly, a group of experienced and dedicated library professionals and staff relentlessly provide reference and information assistance, library instruction, access services and other quality service programs to help further learning and research. In support of learning, teaching and research at the University, they continuously pursue innovative approaches to the provision of library services, particularly to the effective management of digital, print and other information resources.
For more information on the HKUST Library, its collections, services, digital initiatives and other activities, please see the Library's web pages under specific topics and services.