About the Digital Collections Portal


Special Collections are unique and valuable resources held by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Library. These materials are usually irreplaceable, rare or unique titles that have significant research and cultural values. They are kept in closed stack and are available upon request by eligible users at the Loan & Return Counter. A complete list of these titles can also be found in OneSearch of the Library Catalogue. In 2018, the Library initiated to digitize selected titles published before 1923 in its special collectionto build up a digital collection on rare books.  


Furthermore, with support from Culture Promotion and Events Office (CPEO), the Library has also built digital humanities projects to extend the life of inimitable contents of Artist-in-Residence programme and to give scholarly information about local culture and history Meanwhile, in partnership with various parties and the artist-in-residence, the cultural and heritage can be kept from the present for the future. 


In this connection, the Digital Collections Portal is a gateway to the digital contents of valuable rare books from the Library's special collections, manuscripts, oral history interviews and digital humanities projects. To align with the Library’s mission of providing integrated and timely access to high quality scholarly resources, the Library’s digital initiatives aim to: 


- preserve and digitize valuable scholarly and intellectual work from the Library’s special collections;

- make the full-text openly accessible by faculty members, students and general public; and

- promote fair and open access for online resources sharing to support teaching, learning and research. 


 Lastly, by leverage the digital technology, library users can get access to the digital contents anytime and anywhere for the purposes of teaching, learning, and research.  




1. How can I change the pagviewing method for a eBook?

    At content viewer page, click on the button at the top-right corner. Then, you may see all pages at once or page by page. 




2. How can I view the table of contents and jump to specific chapter for an eBook?

    At content viewer page, click on More Information in the right hand side. 



Then click on the link under Table of Contents to jump to the specific chapter that you wantMeanwhile, you can show all of the table of contents information by click on More. 


3. How can I share the URL link of the work in the Digital Collection portal? 

    At the content viewer page, click on the Share function in the bottom-left corner. Then click on the link and press [Ctrl C] to copy the link of this work. 



4. How can I turn on the caption for the video interviews?

    In the video player, click on the CC function in the bottom-right corner in the video player. Then, select the preferred language. 






The copyright of the digital contents contained in this platform remains with the contents creators as indicated in the related records.




Takedown Policy 

The Library had made every effort to contact the copyright owners for permission to provide access to the contents through this platform.  If you are a rights holder, and believe you have found contents on the platform that have been posted without your permission and/or in violation of your rights, please fill in the online form with the following information:

- Your contact information e.g. email address and phone

- The URL address of the contents 


Upon receipt of a request, the Library staff will assess the validity of your information and may temporarily take down the images from public view during the assessment period.  Upon completion of the assessment, we will take appropriate action.





The Library makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained herein, including but not limited to, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. 




Enquiries & Suggestions 

Please fill in the Online Form for enquiries or suggestions about the Digital Collections.





Last updated: 2020.03.27