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Get Started @ HKUST Library: Get Books

PowerSearch for Books

For books only, un-tick the Primo Central. Library Catalog searches books.



The Library has lots of e-books. Use PowerSearch to find and access them from anywhere.   Here's the e-books guide.

 Example: Get an e-book about linear algebra by someone named David Lay

Go to Library's homepage, choose the "PowerSearch" tab, and do Steps 1 through 4.

search box with keywords "David Lay Linear algebra"

In the Results list, choose  "Online Resources"

Refine results list, Online resources selected

 From the results list, Choose "Online Access"



A new tab will open. Click on the link that says "Access via..."

Link named "Access via Proquest Ebook Central" outlined in red


Off campus?  You will be brought to the EZ Proxy login. Use your usual HKUST login and password. Details about EZ Proxy.

image of login boxedsfor remote access via EZ Proxy

On campus, or after logging in via EZ Proxy: you will be brought straight to the vendor or publisher's site to read the book.

image of Proquest E-book central's landing page for David Lay's book "Linear algebra and its applications'





The HKUST Library offers Kindles so you can read books on the move!

  • Popular Novels & Non-Fiction
  • Both English & Chinese
  • 2 weeks loan, renewable and the maximum load period is 42 days

Check the titles on each Kindle here!

Library Materials Retrieval Service

Use the Library Materials Retrieval Service to request print books and media items (DVDs, CDs) for pick-up.

You can request both available and checked-out items!

  •  You will get a pick-up notice when the requested item is ready
  • Pick them up at the G/F Circulation Counter whenever the Library is open

How to request available items for Library Materials Retreival Service - Video

Get articles & books by Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If you can't find the desired materials at the HKUST Libraryor at other Hong Kong university libraries via HKALL, try Interlibrary Loan (ILL)!

The ILL allows you to borrow books or get copies of articles, book chapters, etc. from other libraries across Hong Kong and the world. For more details, click here!

How to make an ILL request online:

More ILL videos are available here.

Book or Media checked out?

Make local request

Use the "Request"  button to get something other people have checked-out. They will get a recall notice. When it's ready, you'll get an email to pick up it up at the Circulation Counter.

Search this item in HKALL

HKALL (港書網) is a joint project of the eight university libraries in Hong Kong, through which you can:

  • Request printed books from other university libraries online, and
  • Borrow them at the HKUST Library's Circulation Counter.

How to request an unavailable material?

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