Welcome to Peking University Library

Founded In 1902

Valid Identification

All Patrons must present a valid PKU photo identification card or libray card to check out items.The maximum borrowing volumes for one card is up to 5, 10 or 20 items at one time according to each category of borrower.

Collection Location


Social Science and Humanities Collections(E2-1), Preserved Copies(209), Literature Collections(223), Science and Technology Collections(E3-1), Course Reserved Books、Theses and Dissertations(309).

Newspapers and Journals

Periodical Collections(E4-1), Periodical Collections-Back Issues、Hong Kong and Taiwan Periodicals and Newspapers(409), Literature Periodicals-Back Issues (414), Newspapers and Literature Periodicals-Current issues (419).

Reference Books

Reference Book Collections (E102).

PKU Special Collections:

Old and Rare Chinese Collections(E117),University Collections(313), Ji Xianlin Collection(218), Local Chronicles(E3-1), Special Collections in Foreign Languages (318)

Note: Books located at Open-shelf borrow area (including Social Science and Humanities Collections at E2-1, Science and Technology Collections at E3-1 and Literature Collections at 223) and Closed Stacks borrow area are in circulation; Reference and general periodical materials do not circulate.


Step 1. Search the online catalogue, find the call number of the book you want and make sure its location. (Computers are available in Sunny Lobby and every reading room.)

Step 2. Take the book on open-shelves by yourself or by the Librarian if the book locates in closed stacks.

Step 3. Check out the items at circulation desk


Books may be renewed twice, unless another patron has requested the book. You must renew the books before the due date.The user may renew the books through the online catalog by calling up his or her personal record and indicating which item(s) should be renewed. But if you have outstanding charges or overdue items over a certain limit, you will not be allowed to do this.

Placing Holds

If all copies of a book have already been checked out, or the book you want is still on order, then you can place a hold on it by your Library Account through the web. When the item is available, you will be notified on your account and the book(s) will be held at the Circulation Desk for 4 days. Please go to Sunny Lobby to get it on time or they will be re-shelved.

Returning Books

Books that were checked out in different locations may be returned to the Return Counter at the center of Sunny Lobby. When the library is closed, you may deposit your returns in the Book Drop Bin located adjacent to the south entrance of the library

Circulation Courtesy Reminder

Our Library provides you certain circulation courtesy reminders through e-mail or text message. Once you have successfully registered you may be notified. Of course, Library is not in a position to guarantee that these notices will always arrive with you in time for you to take the requisite action, so please do not rely on them.

Register at “My Library Account ”by clicking “Modify e-mail address” button , you will receive:

reminder of items due in 5 days

reminder of hold pick-ups
Register at “Cellphone Message Service” in the “More Services”, you will receive:

reminder of items due in 2 days


Loan rules and periods

Most books circulate for 4 weeks, with up to 2 renewals. The loan period will be shortened to be 15 days if there are more than 3 patrons in the holds queue.
During summer and winter holidays the loan period will extend.

Books on loan may be recalled by the Librarian at any time; the borrower of such an item should return it within the time specified in the recall notice.

Borrowers are responsible for the return on time and in good condition of all items. The due date is provided for all items borrowed and is the notice of the date by which items must be returned or renewed.

Note:The specified quota of each category patron can be checked in Reader Borrow Purview or ask Library staff for details.


No service charge is made during the two day grace period following the actual due date. A fine is assessed for individual books that are 3 or more days overdue, Fines will accrue at a rate of ¥0.20 per day per book until the book is returned.

For Undergraduate students, borrowing privileges are suspended once outstanding fines have reached ¥6.00; For Graduate students and faculty members, a outstanding fines over ¥10.00 may result the suspension of their borrowing rights.

To pay the bill you need to return or renew the items first, and the payment can be made at Sunny Lobby.

Loss Or Damage

You are responsible for all books checked out on your record and should point out noticeable damage to books before checking them out. Library books that are returned damaged will be assessed a service charge based on the cost of repairing it. If the book is lost, you can buy a new book to be replacement or pay money; only if the book is out-of-print, both of the two way include a non-refundable processing charge of ¥20.00. Requirements for replacement :

Same title

Same author

Same publisher

Same edition (if the same edition cannot be bought, the newer or modified version can be used instead)

Note: If you find the lost item after you have replaced the new one, you can take it to library office to cancel the loan and the item can be permanently kept by yourself.

Requirements for paying money:

Chinese books published before 1980,

Book original price x 15

Chinese books published after1980,

Book original price x 5

Foreign books published before 1980,

Book original price (Book without price is assumed ¥40.00) x 20

Foreign books published after 1980,

Book original price x 10

Note: If you find the lost item later, you can return it and request to give the replacing payment back by showing your payment receipt; but the processing fee is non-refundable.

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