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Which electronic databases does the Library have?

You can visit the "E-Resources" in our Library website for the detail information.

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Can I use the electronic databases from home?

Yes, most of our databases may be accessed from any computer with internet access. Due to license agreement, the databases can be accessed by MPI students and staff only.

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Can I check the library catalog at home?

Yes. You can visit our Library website and check the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue), which is the library catalog.

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Why do I find the book call number on OPAC but not find the book on the stacks? What should I do then?

After you find the book call number, you have to see if its status is "available". If the status is "available" but the book is not on the stack, the book may be:

  1. Hid or put in wrong places
  2. On the new arrivals stacks
  3. In the trolley
  4. For department use only

If you do not find a book that is in the OPAC, you can write down its title, author, and call number, and then come to the Circulation Counter for help.

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After getting the call number, how can I know where the book is located?

You can check the book "Location" to see whether the book is in "General Collection", "Reference Collection" or "Multimedia Collection".

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Can I borrow the items that are marked "Department Use Only"?

No. "Department Use Only" items are placed in relevant departments as reference materials.

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Why do I see some books that do not have the holdings record?

It means that the material is being cataloged. If you have an urgent need for an item, you can fill in the "Book Reservation Form" and we will process it as soon as possible.

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What should I do if I want to recommend new materials to the Library?

You can fill in the "Library Materials Request Form" and give it to the Circulation Counter. The form is available at the Circulation Counter and downloadable from the Library website. The Library will accept the recommendation if it is appropriate to the need and the development of the Library. You will be informed of the availability of the book after it is cataloged.

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Will the Library keep the outdated newspaper?

The Library will keep the newspapers for one week only. Patrons can also read the current or outdated newspapers through WiseNews, which features our electronic newspaper clipping.

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How are the periodicals arranged on the stacks?

The periodicals are arranged in a left-to-right, up-to-down order by the call numbers.

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Why are some of the latest periodicals not on display in the Library?

The periodicals of the Library are subscribed through the periodical agents. For the Macao or Hong Kong periodicals, the agents will normally send them to the Library on the next day after the publication date. For the foreign periodicals, the agents will send the periodicals through express mail to the Library after they collect the latest issue. However, because of loss or delay, some foreign periodicals may not be sent out on time. For the irregular or gift periodicals, the Library has no control of their arrival dates.

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Where are the outdated periodicals placed?

They are placed inside the periodical stacks. Periodicals that are more than one year old are placed in the storage room. For those who want to read the old periodicals, please contact the Circulation Counter.

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What should I do if I encounter problems when searching for information?

You can come to the Circulation Counter for help. You can also fill in the "Library Enquire Log Sheet" or e-mail (library@ipm.edu.mo) the form to the Library. We will try our best to answer your questions.

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Borrowing and Returning Books

Can external readers or alumni enter the library?

External reader over 18 of ages or MPI alumni can apply for a Borrowing Card (a deposit of MOP1,000.00 is needed) or a Reader Card. The applicant should fill in the "Library Card Application Form" and hand it to the Circulation Counter with two photos and one I.D. photocopy.

Application for the Library Borrowing Card

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Can I borrow the books that are on the new arrivals stacks?

All the new general books can be borrowed.

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What is "Personal Inquiry"?

Use "Personal Inquiry" in the library's Online Catalog to see what items you have checked out, your loan history, or book reservation records. To access, just enter your library card number (printed on the reverse side of the staff card / student card / borrowing card) and PIN (set as the library card number by default).

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Which materials can be borrowed and which cannot be borrowed?

All the books in the general collection can be borrowed. Items that cannot be borrowed include reference books, periodicals (loose or bound), multimedia materials (expect lectures), newspapers, theses, textbooks or teacher's books. They can only be used in the library.

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Can I borrow books with another person's library cards?

No. A library patron can only borrow books with his/her own library card.

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Can I return books for others?

Yes, you can.

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How can I renew books?

You can come to the Circulation Counter with your borrowed books or go to our Library website to process renewals over there. Please check the details on our library pamphlet.

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How does the Library calculate the overdue charges?
  1. MOP 3.00 for each item per day.
  2. Including weekends, but excluding Public Holidays.
  3. All the overdue charges must be settled when the borrower returns the books. Until a borrower completely settles the overdue charges, his/her library privileges will be on the suspension status.
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Are the overdue charges counted on school holidays?

Yes, the overdue charges are counted on school holidays.

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What should I do if I lost a book?
  1. Check it once again whether it is at home or it was lent to others.
  2. If you could not find it, please report the loss to the Library as soon as possible. Notice that the overdue charges are counted from the day following the due date to the day you report the loss to the Library.
  3. You will charge the original price of the item plus 20% service charge per item.
  4. Your library privileges will be temporarily suspended until a replacement is made or the proper fees have been paid.
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What can I do if the books I want have been checked out?

You can reserve the book by filling in the "Book Reservation Form" at the Circulation Counter or reserve the book online. Once the book is returned, you will be notified. The reserved book will only be held for 3 days and then the reservation will be cancelled.

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I've heard that the library "ILL" service can help me get the information from other universities, how do I apply?

All MPI full-time students, academic staff and administrative staff may use our Inter-Library Loan Service (ILL) to borrow or obtain items not found in MPI Library's collection. Eligible patrons may borrow in person from any alliance member library with a "Macau Academic Libraries Alliance Institutional Card". Bring your current staff/student ID card to the Library Circulation Counter to apply for the Cooperated Library Card of the visited Library.

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The Library Equipments

Does the Library open on school holidays?

The Library opens on school holidays, but the open hours in summer holidays are different from the normal open hours. Check the Circulation Counter for details.

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Can I bring a bottle of water into the Library?

No. Any kind of food or drink is not allowed in the Library.

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Can I use mobile phone in the Library?

No. Please switch off your phone or silence your ring tone before enter the Library.

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Does the Library have WiFi?

MPI provides wireless network access to the internet at the MPI campus. The Wireless network access is only available to currently enrolled students, faculty, or staff. You will be asked to enter your NetID and NetPassword when using this service.

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How can I make a photocopy in Library?

The library has self-service photocopy facilities. Patrons with "MacauPass" smartcard to use this equipment.

Self-Service Photocopying/Printing/Scanning

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Why are the locker fees non-refundable?

The lockers are placed outside the Library. To avoid abuse of them, it costs MOP 1.00 for using a locker once.

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Does Library have group study space, and can it be reserved?

Yes, the Library has 3 study rooms equipped with projection systems are available on a first come, first served basis for small groups engaged in projects.

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Are there any workshops or classes I can take to help me use the Library?

Yes, the Library offers workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics. For details, please refer to the latest notice or the information in Library web site.

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