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More public libraries and services to be reopened from 3 April onwards

The Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL), six major and 31 district libraries have been reopened earlier. From 3 April, all small libraries will be reopened. More services and facilities including newspapers and periodicals services, reference library and partial computer facilities in all libraries will also be resumed. All 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). From 7 April, the HKCL and six major libraries will resume normal opening hours with arrangement of cleaning session. Please refer to the library notice on the Details.

Hong Kong Public libraries has resumed calculation of overdue fines from 5 March, except for mobile libraries. Patrons are advised to return their overdue items as soon as possible to avoid incurring overdue fines. Patrons are advised to renew or return their borrowed items on time to avoid incurring overdue fines.

Books Registration

The Books Registration Office
has introduced a new version of
Books Registration Form
on 1 July 2018

 

The Books Registration Ordinance (Chapter 142 of the Laws of Hong Kong) stipulates that:

  1. The publisher of a new book shall, within 1 month after the book is published, printed, produced or otherwise made in Hong Kong, deliver to the Books Registration Office free of charge 5 copies of the book, together with all maps, prints or other engravings belonging thereto, properly bound, sewed or stitched and produced on the best paper on which the book and any map, print or other engraving thereto is printed or produced. (Remark: "Books" include every book, magazine, journal, annual report, or other similar kind of periodical publication.)  
  2. Any person who contravenes the Books Registration Ordinance shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of $2,000.  

 

 

 

Books Not Required for Registration

  1. A newspaper which issues its editions not less than 4 times a week.  
  2. Any book which will not be made available to the public at large.  
  3. A publication which consists solely of a price list, sale catalogue, trade circular or trade advertisement.     

How to Apply for Books Registration

  1. Within one month after a new book is made, deliver FIVE copies of the book and the completed Books Registration Form (in duplicate) to the Books Registration Office (BRO) by post or in person.  To avoid delay of the registration process, please ensure that the information provided in the Form accords with that of the book.  
  2. Any accompanying materials to the book (such as maps, prints, or other engravings) must also be delivered in FIVE sets to the BRO for registration.  
  3. All books and accompanying materials submitted are not returnable.  
  4. Books registration is free of charge.

    Books Registration Form  

Enquiries

Books Registration Office, Hong Kong Public Libraries
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

Address: Room 805, Lai Chi Kok Government Offices, 19 Lai Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon
(Mei Foo MTR Station Exit C1)
Telephone: 2180 9146 (Books) / 2742 8981 (Periodicals) / 2180 9145 (ISBNs)
Fax: 2180 9841
E-mail: bro@lcsd.gov.hk

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday                                            08:45 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.
                                                                            02:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays         Closed