Guidelines on Proper Use of Library Resources

Copyright is a set of rights provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, audiovisual and certain other works, including software. Copyright protection begins as soon as a work is created. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works that are fixed in a tangible medium. A fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work.

In order to protect the intellectual property rights of library resources, to maintain the reputation of CUHK (SZ) and to guarantee the legal rights of all authorized users as well, the library asks all legitimate users, both organizations and individuals to observe and respect the copyright owned by an individual, social group or institution. Library users must pay attention to and comply with the following regulations on intellectual property.


Print Books & Journals

Please do CITE when: 1) using exact words from others’ work; 2) summarize someone’s ideas even in your own words; 3) facts that are not in commonsense. The library has purchased a citation tool Endnote to help you with your citation as well as reference management. You may also find books on how to cite in the library.



Items borrowed from the library should remain in private use, with the expansion of using in classrooms for educational purposes. In the case of using content from DVDs or CDs, users may either acquire permission from the copyright holder or be supervised by librarians to confirm that the portion of the content relevant educational objectives and use the least amount that meets the educational need.


Electronic Resources:

  • *Data use at CUHKSZ Library is subject to the policies endorsed by each database. Please refer to the specific data use policy in each database for the fair use of data. 
  • Any downloading of the library-subscribed electronic resources by any software tools is prohibited.
  • Any continuing, systematical, concentrated and excessive downloading of full-text documents from library-subscribed databases is prohibited.
  • Any redistributing of electronic literatures to non-CUHK (SZ) users and any use of these electronic literatures for the profit-making purposes are prohibited.
  • No one on campus is allowed to set up a proxy server to read and download the e-resources without the permission of the CUHK (SZ) Library.
  • Users of the library have the responsibility to protect their personal network accounts and computers (servers).



When a photocopy is made, a general rule is to copy no more than 20% of an entire book, a chapter of a book, or a single article from a journal issue (if it is less than 20%). Photocopying an entire copyrighted book or other such materials is prohibited.


If there is any violation of the above rules, violator's rights on using the library facilities may be suspended and may receive punishment from the university and may take relevant legal consequences resulted from his or her misbehavior.