Reading | Application for the Library Borrowing Card | Borrowing | Returns | Renewals | Reservation | Overdue | Email Notices | Lost and Damaged | Cancellation/Clearance Procedure

Reading

All academics, students and staff of the Institute can access our Libraries. External patrons aged above 18 are also welcome but a reading card is needed for using the Library. The reading card only entitles its holder to read inside the Library. It does not allow borrowing any library materials. Besides, academics, students and staff of the Institute have the priority access to computers and multimedia equipment.

Access

All bags and backpacks should be placed in the lockers at the entrance.

Reading

All books at the stacks are available for library users to read. But, for using special reference and multimedia materials, patrons are welcome to contact the Circulation Counter. After reading, users should leave the books on either the desk or trolley.

Application for the Library Borrowing Card

Application Conditions
Reader Status Conditions
Student MPI Students who have matriculated for degree courses or diploma courses do not need to apply, your MPI Student Card is your Library Borrowing Card
Full-time Staff Holders of a valid MPI Staff Card do not need to apply, your MPI Staff Card is your Library Borrowing Card
Academic Service Provider Academic Service Provider with a minimal one-semester contract
Member of MPIAA Macao Resident ID Card and MPIAA Member Card Holder
External Borrowers 18 Years or Above Macao Resident ID Card Holders
External Readers 18 Years or Above
Application Procedure
  • The applicant should fill in a Library Borrowing Card Application Form with 2 recent photos and a photocopy of credentials.
  • A deposit of MOP 1,000 is required for the application of Library Borrowing Card, which is payable by cash, credit cards, crossed-checks, bank drafts, or cashier orders are accepted. Please make the check payable to "Macao Polytechnic Institute". The deposit will be returned when the applicant has cancelled the Library Borrowing Card.
  • Please allow 3 working days for the Library to completely process the application.
Validity and Renewal
Reader Status Valid Date Renewal
Academic Service Provider Last lecture day of a course Renew with a new contract
Member of MPIAA Until cancellation No renewal is needed
External Borrowers Until cancellation No renewal is needed
External Readers End of each year Renew at early in January each year

Borrowing

When checking in or out a library item, users must present to the Circulation Counter a valid Staff Card, Borrowing Card, or Student ID Card. Users should notice that borrowing for friends are not recommended since the users have the full responsibility for all the loan items. All loans may be recalled from users when special needs arise. All dictionaries, encyclopedia, special reference books, periodicals and special collections are reserved for use inside the Library only. Please refer to the Borrowing Privileges section for more information.

Full-Time Academic Staff
  Loan Quota Loan Period Renewal
General Collection 20 items 90 days Yes
Multimedia Collection 7 days No
Academic Service Provider
  Loan Quota Loan Period Renewal
General Collection 12 items 90 days Yes
Multimedia Collection 7 days No
Administrative Staff
  Loan Quota Loan Period Renewal
General Collection 10 items 30 days Yes
Multimedia Collection No No
Graduate Students
  Loan Quota Loan Period Renewal
General Collection 15 items 30 days 1 time
Multimedia Collection No No
Undergraduate Students
  Loan Quota Loan Period Renewal
General Collection 5 items 21 days 1 time
Multimedia Collection No No
External Users (Member of MPIAA)
  Loan Quota Loan Period Renewal
General Collection 3 items 21 days No
Multimedia Collection No No
External Users (Borrowing Card)
  Loan Quota Loan Period Renewal
General Collection 3 items 15 days No
Multimedia Collection No No
Macau Academic Libraries Alliance Members (Institutional Card)
  Loan Quota Loan Period Renewal
General Collection 3 items 15 days No
Multimedia Collection No No

Users may check-out Library material(s) as follows:

  • Come to the Circulation Counter to check-out books with your valid Staff Card, Borrowing Card, or Student ID Card
  • Using Self-service Checkout Station to check-out books by yourself.

Returns

Users must return loan items to the Library on or before the due dates. When returning, users must present to the Circulation Counter a valid Staff Card, Borrowing Card, or Student ID Card for item check-in.

Users may return checked-out item(s) as follows:

  • Using the whole-day Automated Book Return at the entrance of the Library
  • OR come to the Circulation Counter to return your books.

Renewals

Staff members and students may renew borrowed items on or before the due date if the item is not under reservation (Students may renew item once). Items cannot be renewed if users have overdue items or outstanding charges.

Users may renew checked-out item(s) as follows:

  • Online renewal
  • OR come to the Circulation Counter to renew your books.

Reservation

Users may reserve checked-out items or items under cataloguing. The Library will inform the user at once when the reserved items are returned to the Library. Users should notice that the reserved items will only be kept for 7 opening days from the available date, and it will be released to the second user on the waiting list. Items cannot be reserved if users have overdue items or outstanding charges.

Users may reserve the checked-out item(s) as follows:

  • Online Reservation - A patron may reserve the books currently borrowed by or reserved for other users via the Primo Discovery Service or Library Catalogues. Click the "Request" button of the desired item, and then input your NetID and password to login.
  • Or you may also come to the Circulation Counter to reserve item(s) you want by filling in a "Book Reservation Form".

Overdue

Users are responsible for returning their loans on or before the due date. An overdue charge calculable immediately from the due date will be charged at the rate of MOP3.00 per day. At the same time, the borrowing privilege will be suspended until all overdue items are returned and all charges are settled. Attempts will be made to send overdue notices to borrowers as soon as possible. Non-receipt of such notices will not be accepted as an excuse for waiving or reducing charges on the overdue items. After having issued three consecutive overdue notices and in the absence of any response from the borrower, the Library will assume the item is lost. The borrower must pay for the items.

Email Notices

All Library notices will be sent to users via email, including notices about on-hold items that you can pickup and overdue and alert notices. The Library sends these notices as a courtesy only. It is the users' responsibility to check the due dates of all of the loans.

Lost and Damaged

If the user loses or damages a borrowed item, he or she should immediately report to the Library. At the same time, all library privileges of the borrower will be suspended until all charges are settled. For lost or damaged library items, the borrower is responsible for paying the original price of the item plus 20% service charge per item, and any outstanding overdue charges.

Cancellation / Clearance Procedure

Academic and administrative staff, graduates, departing students or students on the suspension status must go to the Library to clear their borrowing cards.