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Some Public Libraries to be partially reopened from 19 February

From 19 February 2021 (Fri), the Hong Kong Central Library, six major and 31 district libraries will reopen their adult library, young adult library, children's library; and offer lending and returning of library materials and collection of reserved items. The libraries will implement special opening hours, limit the number of people entering the library and adopt other precautionary measures (including users are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their names, contact number and the date and time of the visit before admission, for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found). Please refer to the library notice on the Details.

Other facilities of the above libraries and all other libraries will remain temporarily closed until further notice. Book drops of the Hong Kong Public Libraries and self-service library stations will continue to provide service.

Calculation of overdue fines will be resumed from 5 March. Overdue fines will be charged on all library items borrowed before the reopening of public libraries and not returned or successfully renewed before 5 March, except those borrowed from the mobile libraries. Readers are advised to return the overdue items in order not to incur overdue fines.

Application for Students' Study Room (SSR) Admission Card

The opening hours of the Hong Kong Public Libraries SSR will be extended during the examination period from 1 March to 31 May 2021. Users who intend to use the SSR service can apply for admission cards (applicable to 15 March to 20 May 2021) by post starting from 10 February. Details

Adult Lending Library

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The Adult Lending Library is located on the 3/F of the Hong Kong Central Library. With the provision of a free and diversified collection including over 580 000 items of Chinese and English reading materials, English large print books, music scores and over 70 000 audio compact discs and CD-ROMs, the Adult Lending Library meets the community’s need for knowledge and information, supports the public in using leisure time for self-learning and contributes to the promotion of local literary writing and arts.

Services Highlights

1. Reader's Advisory Service:

Professional librarians on duty are always ready to help readers with bibliographic and reference enquiries and to provide on-the-spot instructions on the use of library services and facilities.

2. Guide to Purposeful Reading:

  • Organising thematic book displays and exhibitions to promote recommended materials; and
  • Publishing booklists and suggested reading lists to promote the proper use of library resources and assist readers in meeting their informational, educational, recreational and self-learning needs.
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For enquiries, please call 2921 0372.