United College Wu Chung Library

United College Library

1. Project Overview

The United College Wu Chung Library (UCL) is going through significant change as multimedia moves to video-streaming and the collection of DVDs on the ground floor becomes less and less relevant. Visitor and borrowing numbers have been declining since 2011, and have only stabilized in the academic year 2015/16 with the move of the philosophy collection to UCL in the summer of 2015. The Library’s plan is to create boutique humanities-based libraries on the upper campus, and distribute the multimedia collection to the relevant subject libraries. At the same time we need to cater for the need of students who are sophisticated users of technology and have high expectations of study space.

2. Refurbishment Project

Following the successful renovation of the ground floor of New Asia College Ch’ien Mu Library in the summer 2015, UCL would like to remodel the uninviting and tired library space. We will remove the counter and staff office, and reconceptualise the help desk area on G/F. This will be designed to enable more interactive support for users and a roving service which has been successfully implemented in University Library and New Asia College Ch’ien Mu Library. It will bring library staff out from behind the counter and provide timely assistance to users. The current multimedia area on the ground floor and the Late Reading Room on the lower ground floor will be turned into a collaborative learning space with IT rich facilities. This will revitalize the area, giving the Library entrance a sense of place and space, and improve and increase student study space to support e-learning and collaborative study. The lower ground floor will also be a 24x7 learning space to meet the demand for library service during evening hours. The two upper floors will be refurbished and become places for individual study and use of print based collections which are still relevant in the humanities. The refurbishment exercise will:  

  • Provide a Help Desk on G/F.
  • Convert the existing G/F multimedia collection, staff office & circulation counter to users’ study space.
  • Convert the existing LG/F Late Reading Room to 24x7 learning space connected to G/F.
  • Relocate the Group Study Rooms from 2/F to G/F.
  • Provide Faculty Study Rooms on 2/F.
  • Refurbish the study and collection spaces on 1/F and 2/F.

UCL refurbishment project

3. User Consultation

Two open forums have been held on 14th January 2016 and 31st March 2016 by the Library to collect suggestions and comments from users. Consultation meetings have been arranged for the United College, Philosophy Department and Independent Learning Centre. The United College has arranged an open consultation on 22nd November 2016. 

4. Collection Changes

The following collection changes in UCL have been taken place since May 2015:  

  • Relocating Philosophy Collection
    The philosophy collection previously located in New Asia College Ch’ien Mu Library was relocated to UCL in May 2015. All material types, including monograph, periodical and reference titles, are available on the Second Floor of UCL.
  • Integrating American Studies Library Collection
    The American Studies Library (ASL) collection has been fully integrated into CUHK Library’s main collection over 2015 summer. Instead of being separately located in UCL at upper campus, the ASL books will be shelved side by side with other similar titles in the Library’s collection for serendipity and easy access.
  • Relocating the Phonodisc Collection
    With effect from September 5, 2015, the Phonodisc Collection has been relocated from UCL to the Chung Chi College Elisabeth Luce Moore Library.
  • Relocating the Audio CD Collection
    With effect from May 19, 2016, the Audio CD Collection has been relocated from UCL to the Chung Chi College Elisabeth Luce Moore Library. 
  • Relocation of Music LD Collection
    With effect from October 12, 2016, the laser discs of the Music collection have been relocated from UCL to the Chung Chi College Elizabeth Luce Moore Library.

The following collections will be relocated in the summer of 2018:  

  • DVD, VCD and Local TV Programme Collections
    These collections in UCL will be relocated according to the subject designation of individual item to CUHK Libraries.
  • Microform and VHS Collections
    The entire Microform Collection and VHS Collection will be relocated from UCL to the University Library.
  • Classical Chinese Reference Collection
    More than forty thousand volumes of classical Chinese reference titles will be relocated from the University Library to UCL.

5. Renaming the Library

The Library reverts to its original name as the Wu Chung Library on 1 July 2018. 

6. Library Service During Renovation Period

As the entire UCL building will be a construction site during the renovation period, UCL will be closed for health and safety reasons for the building works after the university examination on 13 May 2018 until 2 September 2018. A book retrieval service will be provided during the closure of UCL. 

7. Project Update

Please visit our library web page and Blog or follow us on twitter for the updates on the refurbishment project and the collection relocation. 

8. Contact Us

Tel: (852) 3943 7564

​e-mail: ucl@lib.cuhk.edu.hk