The year in my library: Leo F. H. Ma

Today’s post comes from the ILN Ambassador for Hong Kong, China, Leo F.H. Ma. Thanks Leo!

New Asia College Library

New Look, New Facilities and New Services!

2015 was a really hectic year for me. In September 2015, we completed a major refurbishment project of New Asia College Library Ch’ien Mu Library (NAL) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the summer 2015. Some refurbishment highlights include:

  • A New Learning Space: Learning Cluster on G/F

The Ground Floor of NAL has been converted from previously book & journal shelving space to a new Learning Cluster with more than 60 seats. (See above photo)  It brings together library services, technology and space design to facilitate individual, collaborative and interactive learning.  High-height windows let in natural light and offer a visual connection with greenery of natural grass and trees outside the library building.

  • RFID Self Service

To facilitate convenient and speedy check-out of books, the existing self-checkout machine on the Ground Floor of NAL has been enhanced with RFID technology in September 2015.  Almost 300,000 volumes of books were affixed with RFID tag. Users can now check out library materials themselves more easily and efficiently.  Two RFID enabled book return stations mounted on library’s interior and exterior wall on the Ground Floor provide users with self-return service with real-time check-in 24×7. Also, NAL is the first academic library in Hong Kong to use RFID sorter to help handle returned books.

  • Roving Services @ NAL

Roving services was launched when students returned from their summer vacation in September 2015. Roving staff helps users to navigate in the newly refurbished building and to use new facilities in the library. We believe that this will make the library a more welcoming environment to our users.


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  1. Very nice library! In fact, we are trying to renovate ours. That would be nice if you can share a bit of your expertise in planning library space and furniture settings too.

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