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An open access full-text

collection of over 10,000 volumes of CUHK’s theses and doctoral dissertations from 1967 was

launched in December 2014. The Collection has been very well received by users.

Within 6 months of its launch, there were almost seven million successful requests.

Launch of

CUHK Electronic Theses & Dissertations.

Annual eBook usage increased by

10.2% to over 2,700,000 successful

book chapter downloads.

Significant purchases


During the year the Library purchased a number of new ebook

packages from publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Oxford

University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Project Muse, Royal Chemical

Society, Springer, Taylor & Francis.

For the first time a Library Collection

Development Policy has been made available to the CUHK community after consultation with

Faculties, Departments and the Library Users Group. The Policy sets out collection selection

criteria and long-term retention policies, as well as individual departmental requirements.

The majority of departments have selected e-preferred acquisitions for both journals and


Launch of a Collection Development Policy.

Realising the

Potential of the

Library’s Collections

Archival files for

key journal titles were purchased including the American Geophysical

Union, the American Institute of Physics, BMJ Journal, back files from

de Gruyter, JSTOR’s XI and XII Collections, Springer and Wiley.

Ejournals, Newspapers and Digital Primary Sources.