About HTRC

Brief Overview| Mission | Collection Development Policy | Donation of Items | Facilities and Services | HTRC Regulations | Opening Hours

Brief Overview


The Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Resource Centre (HTRC) supports SHTM’s research, teaching and learning efforts. It holds a comprehensive range of reference and teaching materials in hotel and tourism management, including more than 150 well-known international journals from the fields of hospitality, tourism and food science.

The aim of the HTRC is to provide access to materials and information resources in hotel and tourism management in a supportive learning environment. The centre is equipped with facilities for the preparation of student group projects and seminars.

Friendly staff are always available to help patrons locate a wide variety of resources. Please contact staff at the HTRC Counter or email htrc.shtm@polyu.edu.hk in case of any questions and/or problems.



A) Opening ceremony of the Che-woo Lui Hotel & Tourism Resource Centre in October 2006.
B) Old HTRC at the podium of GH core. C) Front door of the old HTRC in GH core.
D) Old HTRC floor plan.



To provide relevant and up-to-date information on the hotel and tourism industry in an efficient manner to support study, research and teaching.

Collection Development Policy

Collection development at HTRC is a process of selecting, acquiring, and providing access to traditional and electronic resources supporting the information and scholarly needs of students and faculty. Communication between the Centre and faculty to identify collection needs, formulation of HTRC policies, budget development and collection assessment are fundamental to the collection development process.

The primary goal of the Centre is to acquire and develop the vast array of information resources needed to support the School’s teaching and research. The following criteria apply to all materials.

General Criteria:

  • Patrons’ needs and demands
  • Scope and content – comprehensiveness and depth of coverage
  • Scholarly worth
  • Currency and timeliness
  • Relevance to existing collection
  • Relative price – purchase price as well as on-going expenses relating to ordering, cataloguing, and preserving
  • Availability of materials at the PolyU Main Library
  • Physical quality, special features
  • Language and country of origin
Donation of Items

The Centre generally


  • Materials relevant to the SHTM’s teaching and research needs
  • Items in good physical conditions


  • Duplicate items already held by the HTRC
  • Previous editions of reference works or textbooks
  • Books whose contents are obsolete
  • Broken run of journal issues
  • Computer application program or software
  • Materials in a format no longer supported by current equipment in the HTRC e.g. 12″ video laser discs, 5.25″ floppy disks, filmstrips, phonorecords

The HTRC will decide on the location, retention period and binding format and reserves the right to exchange or dispose of the donated materials.

Facilities and Services

The Centre covers a floor area of 4,350 square feet, and provides 262 seats, 24 computers with internet access, notebooks for lending, a quiet study room, an open learning space facilitating the preparation of group projects and presentations, quick search stations, as well as printing, photocopying and scanning services.


  • Circulation
  • AV
  • Journals
  • Electronic Resources
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • SHTM Collection
  • Materials about SHTM
  • SHTM Theses/Dissertations
  • SHTM Course Schemes
  • Staff Publications

Information Technology

The Centre provides 24 PCs for public use, notebooks for lending, a quick search station, as well as printing, photocopying and scanning machines.

Public PCs

Standard Software Configuration for Public PCs Standard Hardware Configuration for Public PCs
Operating System and Applications Lenovo All-in-one desktop
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office 2016
    (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Microsoft Visio Viewer
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • SPSS v.25
  • 19 inch LCD monitor
  • 4.00 GB RAM
  • 64-bit Operating System
  • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz


Standard Software Configuration for Notebooks Standard Hardware Configuration for Notebooks
Operating System and Applications Samsung R60 Plus
  • Adobe Acrobat X Reader
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • 15.4 inch WXGA
  • 2.00 GB RAM
  • 64-bit Operating System
  • Intel Core 2 Duo

Photocopiers & Scanner

  • Ricoh Colour Photocopier
  • Mactak scanner

User Guides

This HTRC User Guide provides easy step-by-step guidance to using HTRC and its website as well as a detailed overview of available features and functionality.

HTRC Regulations
  • HTRC is a place for study and research. It is important for all patrons to maintain a reasonably quiet atmosphere in HTRC.
  • Please turn off mobile phones, or turn them to silent or vibrate mode. No phone conversations are allowed in HTRC.
  • Group discussions are allowed, but please keep the volume low to avoid disturbance to other patrons. Group discussions are not allowed in the Self Learning Space TH402.
  • Tables and chairs should be moved back to their original position if moved.
  • The consumption of food and beverages in the HTRC is governed by the HTRC F&B Policy.
  • Smoking is not allowed throughout the university campus.
  • Sleeping is not allowed in HTRC.
  • Each patron should limit the use of a HTRC computer to a maximum of 30 minutes as to allow other patrons to use the equipment.
  • Patrons should treat HTRC’s materials carefully. A replacement cost will be charged for each lost or damaged material.
  • Please take care of your personal belongings. HTRC is not responsible for any loss of or damage to personal belongings.
  • Any items, including personal belongings and HTRC materials, should not be left unattended on the reading tables. HTRC staff have the right to remove those unattended items without prior notice.
  • Electronic databases are for SHTM’s students and staff only.
  • All patrons should respect copyright restrictions when making photocopies and using AV materials. Reproduction or duplication of audio-visual materials or computer software are strictly prohibited. Patrons are reminded of personal legal consequences resulting from infringement of the Copyright Ordinance. For details of the Copyright Ordinance, please go to http://www.info.gov.hk/ipd.
  • SHTM students and staff should present a valid University Identity Card when entering HTRC.
Opening Hours

During the Semester

Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Public Holidays Closed

The opening hours may be adjusted for School or University events as well as for holiday periods. Please note that any change will be displayed at the main entrance of HTRC and on the HTRC website.

Arrangements during Black Rainstorm/Typhoon Signal No.8 or above

Signal is issued
before HTRC opening hours
Signal is issued
during HTRC opening hours
If signal is lowered
Black Rainstorm Closed Remains open until PolyU FMO Security instructs otherwise 3 hours or more before the normal closing time: HTRC will reopen within 2 hours
Less than 3 hours before normal closing time: HTRC will remain closed
Typhoon No.8 or above Closed

Will close once PolyU FMO Security announces that No.8 signal is

likely to be issued within two hours

3 hours or more before the normal closing time: HTRC will reopen within 2 hours
Less than 3 hours before normal closing time: HTRC will remain closed