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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  


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

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
(Arrangements for Opening of Books Registration Office under Inclement Weather Conditions)