Saint Francis University Library

Library Service Updates (February 2023)

Carpet Replacement Work

To spruce up the study environment, carpet replacement works started at the CBCC Library in January 2023 New Carpet and are being carried out in phases. The scheduled completion date is mid-February 2023. In terms of colour and pattern, the new carpet matches with the existing one in the Learning Commons, creating cohesion across the two premises. We hope you will enjoy the fresh look of the CBCC Library and visit us more often!

New Carpet

Installation of Artificial Turf


The whole area of the podium is now covered with artificial turf, which will provide you with an enlarged green outdoor space to rest and relax after long and tiring lectures. During short breaks, you can always come and recharge yourself here – stretching your body and taking a deep breath of clean air – before returning to work.

Installation of Air Purifiers and Sterilizers

Air Purifier and SterilizersAs part of our ongoing effort to provide a safe environment for our library users, not only are the fixtures and furnishings cleaned regularly, the air quality is also maintained at a high standard. Recently, five air purifiers, which are powered by an advanced technology, have been installed in the Learning Commons to constantly remove airborne viruses and bacteria through a sophisticated sterilization process. We hope that these appliances can help create an even cleaner and fresher indoor space for you to read, study and relax.

Resumption of Room Booking Services

As the COVID-19 pandemic situation is stabilizing, the Library has resumed room booking services from the 2nd semester so as to cater for users who have group study and collaborative learning needs. The group discussion rooms can now be reserved via the Room Booking System. For details about the use of the rooms, please refer to Group Discussion Rooms.

Group Discussion Room Group Discussion Room

Mother of Good Counsel

As a token of appreciation for the generosity of the donors who had kindly given the paintings of the Feature Wall “Blessed Virgin Mary” to the Institute, an elaborate feature wall named “Mother of Good Counsel” was built to complement the statue erected next to the entrance of the Learning Commons. The paintings are elegantly framed and displayed against the backdrop of a green prairie under a bright blue sky, conveying the warmth and beauty of the blessings of God and Virgin Mary.

Information Search Competitions

We have a piece of good news to share with you! EBSCO Winner Two of our students were winners at the online search competitions organized by EBSCOhost and Emerald – two global information providers for educational institutions in Hong Kong and Macau – in October and November 2022 respectively.

Emerald WinnerIn order to promote an effective use of the e-resources at the Library for research and study purposes, members of the CIHE/CBCC community were encouraged to take part in the aforementioned competitions. Participants were either asked to answer specific questions based on the information found in journal articles or search the databases for articles on a specific topic. Those who duly completed the exercise were automatically entered into the lucky draw to win fabulous prizes.

The Library has already presented the prizes – a neckband speaker and a tablet stand – on behalf of EBSCOhost and Emerald.

Enhancement of E-Resources

The Library has always sought to provide a wider variety of e-resources to meet the ever-increasing learning, teaching and research needs of users in different subject disciplines. In this connection, the Library has recently added the following e-databases:

E-Databases Introduction
ACM Digital Library A comprehensive resource featuring over 11,000 full-text collections of journals, conference proceedings, technical magazines and newsletter articles on topics in computing and information science, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, information systems, applications, mathematics and theories of computing as well as security and privacy
uCentral An integrated database that provides all sorts of health information, including anatomy and physiology, physical examination as well as diseases and disorders, supplemented with medical dictionary, drug guides and clinical calculators
OECD iLibrary A comprehensive database managed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which provides more than 20,000 full-text publications and resources including e-books, journals, podcasts, statistics and reports on a wide variety of economic and social topics around the globe
Chinamaxx Digital Libraries 中文集献 A vast collection of about 705,000 Chinese e-book titles in a wide range of subjects, such as history, literature, social sciences, economy, art, religion, medicine and health
Elsevier Business Management and Accounting Collection A collection of over 100 full-text academic journals in the subject areas of business, management and accounting, including topics in marketing, tourism and hospitality management

At present, over 200 e-databases in different subjects are accessible via the Database List of the Library Guides both on and off campus.