The OUHK libraries have an extensive collection of printed and multimedia items. Books are classified by the Library of Congress Classification Scheme and arranged on shelves by the call number found on the spine on the book. Materials in different languages are inter-shelved on shelves.
While the collection at the Stanley Ho Library covers most of the subjects, to support the learning and teaching activities at the Jockey Club Campus, the collection on Cinematography and Film Production, Fine Arts, Photography and Medicine are shelved at the Ho Sik Yee Library.
General Collection contains around 202,100 titles that include materials in Chinese, English and foreign languages. Materials from the General Collection can be checked out at the Service Counters.
Reference Collection consists of standard reference tools such as dictionaries, directories, encyclopaedias, indexes and abstracts, handbooks, atlases, Hong Kong Government documents. Reference materials are indicated by a prefix "REF" to the call number. They are for use in the Library only.
Reserve Collection consists of course materials, assignments, course set textbooks, selected past/specimen examination papers provided by schools, supplementary materials provided by teaching staff, audio-visual materials, CD-ROMs and microforms. Most of these reserved materials are available for 2-hour loans at the Service Counter of the Stanley Ho Library or the Ho Sik Yee Library.
Serials Collection provides both local and overseas academic journals and popular magazines. Currents issues of periodicals are displayed on periodical racks while back issues or bound volumes of periodicals are shelved separately. All serials are indicated by a prefix "SER" to the call number. They are for use in the Library only.