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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

Central Reference Library

 

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Located on the eighth and ninth floors, the Central Reference Library provides a wide range of collections and services. It has a total stock of more than 1,000,000 items, and divided into 6 departments namely the General Reference Department, the Hong Kong Studies Department, the Business and Finance Department, the Humanities Department, the Science and Technology Department and the Social Sciences Department; and the International Organizations Depository and Special Collections and the Hong Kong Oral History Collection.

Service counters are located on both floors where professional librarians are on duty to provide reference and information enquiries services. Besides, a wide range of electronic resources is available via the computer workstations including electronic databases, e-journals, ebooks and multimedia information, etc.

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Central Reference Library