Visitor Guide

What to expect on your first visit to us at the 1st floor of the Main Library Building, on Sun Yat Sen Plaza. 

  • Please contact the University Archives to set an appointment to come to do research as our space is limited. Please make your appointment at least 4 or 5 working days in advance. Remember that all archival materials do not circulate so you must use them inside the Archives. The opening hours for research are 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Tell the archivist or assistant what you are researching in as much detail as possible - this will help them to find research materials for you more quickly. The stacks are closed to all except staff so that they must retrieve materials for you.
  • When you come to the University Archives you will need to show us your picture ID, fill out a researcher form which tells  the nature of your studies/project, and sign in the guestbook. On subsequent visits you need only sign the guest book each time.
  • You will be given a set of reading room rules to follow which you must sign after you have read them, thus agreeing to handle the items you use in a careful and clean manner which helps to preserve them.
  • We do offer reproduction services for some of the materials and if you wish to have copies of anything you will need to fill out a request form and talk to the Archivist about the fees (small) and getting permission for using them. The staff will also provide you with the correct citation format.
Street Address:       University Archives
                       1/F Main Library
                                      University of Hong Kong  
                     Pokfulam Road
              Hong Kong


In light of the latest developments of the COVID-19, the University Archives provides primary source research services via Emails only until further notice in order to practise social distancing. Please note that precautionary health and security measures for the University campus continues and only University staff members and students wearing face masks and with valid UIDs will be granted access to the University. For more details please visit the HKU Covid-19 Info Hub.