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Special Library Opening Hours

There will be special opening hours for Hong Kong Public Libraries on Birthday of the Buddha (19 May 2021). Please refer to the Library Notice for details.

All Hong Kong Public Libraries will resume normal opening hours

With effect from 19 April (Monday), all public libraries will resume normal opening hours. Mobile libraries (except mobile library van or service points that are currently undergoing maintenance work) will also resume service from the same day. To help ensure public safety, libraries will continue to implement 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), and limit the number of readers entering the library to avoid gathering and foster social distancing. Please refer to the Details.

Mobile libraries shall resume the calculation of overdue fines with effect from 3 May. Readers are advised to renew their borrowed items on time or return the overdue items as soon as possible in order not to incur overdue fines.

Hong Kong ICT Awards 2015

"Library at Your Fingertips" recognised in Hong Kong ICT Awards 2015

 

  "Library at Your Fingertips", a key project of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) featuring e-services for library e-resources and mobile apps, has won the Best Lifestyle (Learning & Living) Gold Award at the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2015.

 

     "Library at Your Fingertips" consists of both the "My Library" and "Multimedia Information" mobile apps and the thematic page for e-Resources on the library website. All these e-services allow the public to enjoy library services and digital resources anytime and anywhere, and satisfy their demand for information, knowledge and leisure, which demonstrates the concept of a "library without walls".

 

     The "My Library" and "Multimedia Information" apps have various user-oriented functions. The former provides access to personal library accounts; searching for, reserving and renewing of library materials; and locating the nearest libraries through the Global Positioning System. The latter allows users to search the content of the Multimedia Information System (MMIS) of the HKPL, including over 2.5 million pages of digitised images and text in more than 20 digital collections. Moreover, the e-Resources thematic page houses over 60 electronic databases, 200,000 e-books, 1 million musical tracks and audio books. These e-services offer delightful experiences, quality information and valuable resources to the public. Users can enjoy the convenience of online library services and resources with just a few taps on any smartphone or tablet.

 

     The Awards programme was steered by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, and organised by 10 Hong Kong ICT industry associations and professional bodies. The selection criteria for the Awards included innovation and creativity in information and communications technology, functionality, market potential and performance, benefits and impact, and quality. Below were the comments from Judging Panel:

 

"Hong Kong Public Libraries has been innovative in adapting latest technologies to provide the public with its services. The mobile applications not only enrich the content of library but also allow the public to use the library services anytime and anywhere. This demonstrates a good combination of mobile technology and ICT technology and encourages reading and brings content to the readers."


     The mobile apps are downloadable from Google Play or the App Store for free. Readers can also browse the HKPL website at http://mmis.hkpl.gov.hk to learn more about the MMIS services or http://www.hkpl.gov.hk/e-resources for the e-Resources thematic page. 

Best Lifestyle (Learning & Living) Gold Award

 

Hong Kong ICT Awards 2015