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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Info for HKBU Community Members

This guide is created to introduce selected resources related to the current novel coronavirus outbreak

Info for HKBU community members

As part of efforts to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus in the community, special work arrangements are in place for HKBU Library. Please pay attention to our news and announcement made at the Library Website and via our social media networks!

Helpful links:

  • Beat the virus, BU & I
    • A campaign to help the community overcome the huge challenge posed by the COVID-19 outbreak using the creative and caring DNA of HKBU students and staff.
  • Latest information from the University (e.g. Advice on travel, work, study and visiting the campuses)
  • Library Homepage: Find out our opening hours at HKBU Libraries.
  • Library News List: Find out our opening arrangement and special arrangements on borrowing and returning services.
  • Ask a Librarian page: Find out ways to get in touch your librarians, including chats, virtual meetings, and enquiry form, FAQ lists, etc.
  • Library support for e-learning: Face-to-face courses are suspended. However, learning shall never stop! Find out how we support student learning and faculty teaching at this page. 
  • Free E-Resources: Many academic publishers have made some or all of their online content freely available to libraries.
  • Access to Adobe Creative Cloud: To enable student access to their software despite shortened Library opening hours, Adobe is providing at-home access for UGC-funded students at no additional cost.

Social Distancing at the Library:

In response to the latest developments of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Library's seating arrangements were modified on 30 March to allow greater seating distance among users. 

Some seating facilities, including reading tables and PC workstations, are suspended for increasing seat spacing. The Academic Commons on Level 2 is closed, and seating has been reduced at study areas and computer workstations on Levels 3-7. Users should not occupy any place that has been designated with a red “X”. Meanwhile, users are required to wear a mask at all times in the Library.

Personal Hygiene at the Library:

  • As advised by the HK Centre of Health Protection, please make sure to
    • ​Wear a surgical mask when taking public transport to commute to the Libraries and staying in the Library. It is important to wear a mask properly, including hand hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask;
    • Perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching one's mouth, nose or eyes; after using the toilet; after touching public installations such as lift push buttons or door knobs; or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
    • After using the toilet, put the toilet lid down before flushing to avoid spreading germs;
    • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry with a disposable paper towel. If hand washing facilities are not available, or when hands are not visibly soiled, performing hand hygiene with 70 to 80 % alcohol-based handrub is an effective alternative;
    • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin, then wash hands thoroughly; and
    • When having respiratory symptoms, wear a surgical mask, avoid going to crowded places and seek medical advice promptly.
  • Make use of the UV sterilizer located on Level 3 of the Main Library to sterilize physical books.
  • Handrub can be found on Level 2 Library Help Desk and Level 3 User Services Counter

In the 3rd Issue of the Library Newsletter, our Acquisitions Services Section shared how they treat newly arrived packages. Click here to read the story.

As clarified by WHO in its Myth Busters series, coronaviruses do not survive long on objects. Yet as a precautionary measure, the Library will implement a 48-hour quarantine for returned books before putting them back to the shelf, and we will take further actions if stains are observed on physical items using antibacterial detergents/UV sterilization/mold removal techniques. Therefore, borrowing physical books from the Library is safe. 


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