Finding a seat in Chi Wah or the Main Library can be a chore. It’s especially infuriating when books are left on a table but there is no student in sight!
I have taken it upon myself to find the best library to study in on the main campus. Some might ask, there is more than just the Main Library and Chi Wah, right? The answer is yes, so much more.
Lui Che Woo Law Library
Located on the first and second floor of Cheng Yu Tung Tower, the law library is serious. The area is practically silent—no whispered gossiping or chip bags crinkling. If the rows of old books of tissue-thin pages do not intimidate you, then this is the best place for deep studying.
The amount of study spaces in this library is second only to the Main Library. Right at the entrance there is a large space full of desks. There are benches with lap-desks, conventional discussion rooms, study nooks, and even standing counters all with outlets nearby to charge your laptop to keep you going through the day. The seating is not particularly cozy nor comfortable, but it is good for working.
The view here is similar to that of Chi Wah: some windows frame the picturesque skyscrapers of the city and others look out onto the side of a brick building. If you are lucky, you may even find a table looking out onto Centennial Park.
The books available here, unsurprisingly, all have to do with law. Don’t stop by to pick up a light read.
The somewhat-hidden Powermart is the nearest place to buy food. This small supermarket sells cookies, chips, drinks, and school supplies at a bargain price. Pick up some caffeine before you study with a bottle of Coke for $9, or get some sugar in your blood with an ice cream cone for $8.
Hours: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm Monday to Friday; 9:00 am – 7:00 pm Saturday; 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm Sunday
Hidden on the 11th floor of Run Run Shaw Tower is the Music Library with spectacular views and limited seating. Forget dark and weary study halls, because the amount of natural light in this small space is refreshing.
The library has ten computers (PCs) and three study rooms. A special feature is the “listening stations” where students can enjoy a CD with expensive headphones and sound equipment. The seating is all single study desks (eighteen of them) next to the windows, except two small coffee-table-like areas right at the entrance.
The nearest source of food is Bijas, a vegetarian buffet. It is slightly pricier than other places on campus, but worth it for its nutritional value. Some reviews on OpenRice even claim the coffee and tea there is better than the Starbucks.
Additionally, just around the corner and outside is a large rooftop patio. There are benches and gardens facing views of the water and surrounding islands—a perfect place to read or eat a quick lunch between study sessions.
Hours: 9:00am – 8:00pm Monday to Friday; 9:00am – 7:00pm Saturday; noon -4:00 pm Sunday
The first impression you might get entering the education faculty’s library is, “this is it?” The area is small: 4 discussion rooms, two Macs, three PCs, and only five shelves of books.
But, upon further inspection, the library may be a nice hideaway. The seating is very comfortable as there are deep couches and plush benches ideal for reading. The atmosphere is warm with yellow walls, comfortable temperatures, and just the perfect amount of background noise of printers and computers.
The library does have a quaint rooftop garden. The grass is a bit overgrown and the sea views are somewhat blocked by buildings, but the two benches would still make a wonderful place to take a break from studying.
Because it is on the 8th floor of the Meng Wah complex, there isn’t much food nearby. Closest are Park’n’Shop and Café 330 inside the Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Center. Caffe 330 has wonderful coffees from around the world and Park’n’Shop has everything from fruits to yogurt at a cheap price. Both places accept Octopus card payment.
Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm Monday to Friday; 9:00am – 6:00pm Saturday; closed Sunday