The Lingnan University Library was named after the late benefactor Mr. Fong Sum Wood in 1998. The Library is centrally located on the campus of Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Since its beginning in 1968, the Library has grown to hold more than 500,000 volumes of books, bound journals and audio-visual materials.
The core collections cover various areas of the liberal arts curriculum, including arts and humanities, social sciences, and business studies. In order to keep up with the speedy pace of technology advancement, the Library has introduced a wide range of electronic services, such as online full-text databases, CD-ROMs, wireless LAN and different types of automatic alert services. The Chiang Chen Information Commons (IC) in the Library also provides the Lingnan community a one-stop service for reference, information technology and multimedia services support.
The Library is located in the Main Building of the Lingnan campus and occupies four floors. It provides over 150 public PCs and more than 490 seats for Library users. The Library is not only a place for studying and researching, but also a place for relaxing and networking. Users can work on their group projects in the individual and collaborative workrooms in the IC on 1/F; or enjoy soft drinks and watch current news from the TV provided inside the Café for a break during study. The Library has 37 full time staff at present, in which 10 of them are professional staff. The average opening hours per week are 93 hours.
Currently, more than 480,000 volumes of English and Chinese books are on open shelves on the first and third floors where students can access them freely. The strength of the book collection is on arts and humanities, business and management, and the social sciences.
The Library also subscribes to over 200 online databases, over 38,000 electronic and 2,200 print journals on these academic disciplines. Journals and newspapers are kept on the second floor. More than 77,000 items of media resources, including audio and video tapes, blu-ray discs, DVD, laser discs, multimedia packages, microforms, etc. are housed in the Multimedia and Language Learning Centre on the same floor.
Services provided include Circulation Services, Information Services, User Education, and Interlibrary Loan Services. Besides, the Library has undertaken the Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) project since 2005. Users can request more than 11 million books from 8 academic libraries online for free.