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This is a guide for patrons who want to use 3D scanning service at the Learniing Garden of the University Library.

Contact Information

Location  : Learning Garden Help Desk, University Library
Phone      : (852) 3943 9730
Email        :
Consultation and Service Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Public and University holidays

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There are five academic departments in the Faculty of Engineering:

News & Updates

Temporary Closure of Learning Garden                 

As a library initiative to support the University-wide themes on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Learning Garden, a popular 24/7 space for students, has been conducting a refurbishment project to create the first MakerSpace for the CUHK community. The Learning Garden will be closed from May 12, 7 pm to September 1, 2019 for the Phase II refurbishment project. 

The retrieval service for the audio-visual materials and A Class books, which are housed in the Learning Garden, will be provided as soon as possible during the renovation.

The following services and facilities will be affected during this period of time:

• Kindle E-book readers, chargers, laptop computers, please borrow and return them at the HelpDesk on the G/F.

• 3D Printing and Scanning Services: please send your 3D printing and scanning requests to us by email:

• Bubble Group Study Rooms, e-charger station and vending machines are not accessible.

For 24-hour study facilities, the Learning Commons at the Wu Ho Man Yuen (WMY) Building will remain open for all CUHK students and staff. Please contact us by phone 3943 9730 or by email for enquiries.

3D Scanning Service

Oracle Bone Collection

In May 1969, an alumnus, Mr. C. Y. Tang, donated his father´s collection of 56 pieces of rare oracle bones to the United College.  This is the largest collection of its kinds in Hong Kong.  For preservation reasons, the oracle bones are kept as a special collection in the CUHK Library.

As a trial project, the Library used the NextEngine 3D scanner to digitise an Oracle Bone UC No. 28.  The replicas printed by Mcor full-colour 3D printer are displayed in the Learning Garden Help Desk to enable students, staff and researchers to have a touch and feel experience for oracle bone.  We hope to create more 3d images and replicas of the bones from the Library Oracle Bones collection.

3D Scanning Service

3D scanner is a device which is able to capture real-world objects or environment and construct digital 3-dimentional models. This service equipped with NextEngine 3D Laser Scanner and Structure Sensor 3D Scanner may help students and faculty to utilize precise measurements of the physical objects and reduce the number of prototype design cycles.


Loan Service

3D Scanners are available for loan to current CUHK students, staff and faculty at the Learning Garden of the University Library.


Booking a Consultation Session

For first time users, we strongly recommend setting up a consultation session on 3D scanning with staff to learn how to use and operate the scanners.

For setting up a consultation session, please use the booking system to reserve a consultation session.


Service Hours


9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (except public and University holidays)


Conditions of Use

  1. Accessing to the scanners is free for CUHK students, staff and faculty. The scanner must be checked out and returned to the Learning Garden Help Desk during Help Desk service hours.
  2. The Scanners may be booked for up to a maximum of 4 hours per day. If the demand for access to the scanners is not high at the time, a session may be extended.
  3. Ensuring fair access to all eligible users, the scanners are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learning Services Manager

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Lily Ko
Learning Support, University Library,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3943-9726

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