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Special Notice

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, library facilities including Hong Kong Central Library and the six major libraries (City Hall, Kowloon, Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library) reopened earlier this month will be temporarily closed starting from March 23 (Monday). Other public libraries and their Students’ Study Room, Mobile Libraries will continue to be temporarily closed until further notice. All book drop services of the Hong Kong Public Libraries and those located at three MTR stations as well as the self-service library stations at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai will also suspend services. During the period, public libraries will continue to provide online services such as e-Books and e-Databases. Overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, due date of reservation pick up will be extended and the maximum number of renewal will be increased accordingly. Please refer to the Details.

Introduction to collection development

The collection development of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) aims to develop a library stock that meets the community's needs for information and research, to support lifelong learning, continuous education and profitable use of leisure time, and to promote local literary arts. It is guided by the beliefs proclaimed in the UNESCO Public Library Manifesto and helps achieve the mission of HKPL as follows :-

  1. As an information centre where information and the latest development on all subject disciplines are freely and readily available to the public;
  2. As a tool in support of self-education and continuing education through resource-based learning;
  3. As a community cultural centre where a balanced range of resource-based library activities are organized to provide information, recreation and relaxation for people of all age groups;
  4. As a centre for the promotion of reading, literary arts and literary research in Hong Kong to cultivate public interest in creative writing and literary research, to encourage and promote literary writing, preserve Hong Kong literature, and to promote cultural exchange;
  5. As a source of enjoyment for the profitable use of leisure where library materials may be borrowed for home reading; and
  6. As a resource for the enrichment of everyday living where members of the public may learn about current affairs, hobbies, and leisure pursuits.