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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

Introduction to Books Registration

Latest arrangements on the services of Books Registration Office

From 19 February, the Books Registration Office has resumed normal public services. The enquiry counter will be open from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays (public holidays excluded).

In the interest of public health, visitors are advised to wear their own masks and required to scan the “LeaveHomeSafe” QR code or register their names, contact numbers, and date and time of visit before being allowed to enter the office, for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found. "LeaveHomeSafe" QR codes are displayed at office entrance for visitors to scan and record their visit. Appeals are made to visitors to download and install the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app in advance and scan the QR code with the app before entering the office in order to keep a more precise record of their whereabouts, minimising the risk of further transmission of the virus. (Details)

The Books Registration Office (BRO) is under the administration of the Hong Kong Public Libraries, Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The main functions of the BRO are:

  • To preserve Hong Kong's cultural heritage through registration and preservation of local published/printed books.
  • To enforce the Books Registration Ordinance (Cap. 142) which stipulates that 5 copies of each book first printed, produced or published in Hong Kong are to be deposited with the BRO.
  • To compile a comprehensive bibliography of current Hong Kong publications, which is gazetted quarterly as "A Catalogue of Books Printed in Hong Kong" (the Catalogue) at Special Supplement No.4 of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR Gazette for public inspection. (See Notes below for accessing the Catalogue)
  • To administer as local ISBN registration agency in Hong Kong and promote the use of the ISBN system among publishers and book-selling trades.
  • To supply information on Hong Kong publishers to the International ISBN Agency for the preparation of the annual Publishers' International ISBN Directory.

 

Notes :

(All e-Catalogue will be removed after posting for 12 months counting from the gazette date.)