- Hong Kong Collection
- Electronic Hong Kong Collection
- Special Materials
- Rare Books
- Fung Ping Shan Library Closed Stack Collections
- European Documentation Centre (EDC) Collection
- WTO Resource Centre Collection
The Hong Kong Collection is a unique collection of books, serials, government publications, newspaper clippings and non-print materials covering almost every aspect of Hong Kong history and life. It comprises the most comprehensive collection of materials relating to Hong Kong in the Territory. The University Libraries is designated as a depository for books and periodicals published or printed in Hong Kong. The Collection is for consultation in the Hung On-To Memorial Library only.
The location symbols of Hong Kong Collection are as follows:
[HK] Hong Kong Collection Book
[HKC] Hong Kong Collection Counter Material
[HKLB] Hong Kong Collection Large Book
[HKP] Hong Kong Collection Pamphlet
[HKS] Hong Kong Collection Serial
[HKLS] Hong Kong Collection Large Serial
To facilitate efficient information retrieval, some Hong Kong-related materials have already been digitized and can be accessed through the HKUL Digital Initiatives in the University Libraries’ home page.
A substantial collection of microforms is kept in the Microform Room. Valuable research materials include backfiles of major newspapers such as South China Morning Post, Sing Tao Daily, and British Foreign Office Correspondence on China. Self-operated digital readers/scanners/printers are provided in the Microform Room and the Microform Reading/Printing Room for viewing/saving/printing these documents.
The location symbols of Microforms are as follows:
[MF] Microfilm, Western Language
[MPT] Microfiche, Western Language
[CMF] Microfilm, Oriental Language
[CMPT] Microfiche, Oriental Language
Pamphlets which cannot be shelved with ordinary books are kept in closed stacks in the Special Collections and are available for short term loan.
The location symbol of Pamphlets is as follows:
[P] Main Library Pamphlet
Materials which are not suitable to be shelved on open stacks, such as kits & expensive items, are kept in closed stacks of the Special Collections for short term loan.
The location symbol of Special Materials is as follows:
[SM] Main Library Special Materials
The manuscripts section collects primarily unpublished or original manuscripts/papers. Manuscripts are kept in the closed stacks of Special Collections for in-house consultation only.
The location symbol of Manuscripts is as follows:
[MSS] Main Library Manuscripts
Special Collections has several distinguished collections of early western books and rare titles about Far East and China: the Hankow Club, the Chater, and the Morrison collections. Rare books are kept in the traditionally furnished Rare Book Room, on 1/F Main Library New Wing. Some of the finest and oldest books in the Rare Book Room are dated back to the 17th and 18th centuries. All rare book titles in Special Collections are accessible via Dragon, the Libraries’ online catalog, and they can be requested at the Special Collections counter and read in the supervised reading room.
The location symbols of Rare Books are as follows:
[U][UX] Main Library Rare Book
[ULB] Main Library Rare Large Book
[UP] Main Library Rare Pamphlet
[US] Main Library Rare Serial
[Mor] Morrison Collection
Chinese sheet maps and photocopies of Chinese theses/articles are kept in closed stacks in the Special Collections, they are available for short term loan. Rare items housed in the Chinese Rare Book Room can be requested at the Special Collections counter and read in the supervised reading room.
The location symbols of Fung Ping Shan Library Closed Stack Collections are as follows:
[特P] Photocopies of theses
[羅] Lo Hsiang Lin Collection
[善] Rare items
[特] Special Collection
[特C] Chan Kwan Po Collection
[特期] Pre-1950 periodicals
[杜] Ordinary books
With the agreement between the University of Hong Kong and the Commission of the European Union, the Libraries receive the complete range of documentation issued by the European Community institutions since 1995, including legislation made by the Union, parliamentary debates, policy statements, statistical reports, documents on commerce, trade and other reports. The agreement also provides free access to the European Communities' public databases. The EDC publications are housed in the the Special Collections, 1/F Main Library New Wing. A webpage was created to facilitate access to the Collection.
The WTO (World Trade Organization) Resource Centre Collection was set up as a virtual collection of WTO information and publications to support research and training programmes of the Institute for China and Global Development, multi-disciplinary research and teaching activities in the University related to interactions with the global economy. The Collection consists of monographs, serials, pamphlets, non-prints, electronic and Internet resources covering a wide range of subjects including policies, trade, industry, environment, and law.
Materials published or authored by GATT/WTO are located in the Special Collections (1/F Main Library New Wing). Materials about or relevant to GATT/WTO are shelved in different locations in the Main and branch libraries.