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How to use LibrarySearch: Holds & Recalls

Holds & Recalls

Holds and recalls allow users to request items that are currently checked out to other users.

How to place a hold

You may place holds via LibrarySearch anytime.  A Hold Pickup email notice will be sent to you when your hold becomes available.  The item on hold has to be collected in 7 days, or it will be cancelled automatically after that.

What is a recall?

A recall is a request to get a book back from another borrower as soon as possible.  The hold service may lead to a recall of the checked out items and shorten their due date if they are on loan for 30 days or more.  The new due date will be shown in users’ Library Record at LibrarySearch and in the Recall Notice sent to the users via email.

How should I respond to a recall?

If you receive a Recall Notice, you should observe the new due date mentioned in the Recall Notice.  Late return of recalled items will incur a fine at $5/item/day.  Users are strongly advised not to take borrowed items outside Hong Kong.

To ensure receiving important notices from the Library without delay, users must add/update their email address via their My Library Record in the Library homepage.

Number of holds

Category Number of Holds
Undergraduate students 10
Postgraduate students 20
Research staff 20
Teaching staff (Terms A) 20
Teaching staff (Terms B) 20
Administrative staff (Terms A) 20
Honorary Clinical Lecturer 20
General non-teaching staff (Terms B) 10
Staff members of Terms C 10
Emeritus professors 20


How-to Video

How to Place Holds Online

How to Place Holds Online

Watch this video to learn how to secure an item by placing hold on it (3:19)