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Latest arrangements on services of Hong Kong Public Libraries

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will adopt further measures to maintain social distancing. From 15 July 2020 (Wednesday), all public libraries and their students’ study room will be temporarily closed. 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. 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 increased accordingly. All library programmes will be cancelled. Please refer to the library notice on the special arrangements details.

 

Introduction to Books Registration

Latest arrangements on the services of Books Registration Office

 

From 6 May, the Books Registration Office will resume 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, members of the public are advised to wear their own masks and will be subject to body temperature checks before entry to the office. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will continue to review the situation and adjust relevant preventive measures as and when necessary.

 

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.)