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Donations of books and other information materials to the HKPL from individuals and organisations are welcome.  However, they are subject to the same selection process as those acquired through purchase, and acceptance generally depends on their conformity with the established selection criteria and ability to strengthen the library collection.

The following range of materials is generally not considered, unless they are of our collection focus that are related to the study of Hong Kong and of high reference and research value:

  1. fiction and junior books;
  2. titles already in stock of HKPL;
  3. school textbooks and student workbooks;
  4. materials that are in poor physical condition (with the exception of rare books);
  5. outdated books on the subject of science, technology, business, finance, law, travel guides and computer science.

Once the materials are donated to the HKPL, they will be handled in accordance with the donation policy and procedures.  Acceptance of book donations is, however, subject to conformity of the collection development policy and approval from the Collection Development Meeting.  The HKPL reserves the right to make the final decision on their retention, allocation, processing and disposal.  Besides, donated items not accepted would not be returned to the donors unless prior agreement is made.

Members of the public who wish to make donations to HKPL may download the Donation Record form for completion and bring together with the materials, or a sample copy of each material, if there are multiple copies, to any of the branch libraries during the opening hours.