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Hong Kong Public Libraries resumed normal opening hours

From 29 September, all public libraries and their students’ study rooms have resumed normal opening hours, with cleaning session in between. Counting of overdue fines is resumed from 19 October 2020. For the interest of public health, library visitors will be subject to temperature checks before admission and need to wear their own masks. Children aged under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please refer to the Details.

Online Registration for Borrowers

 

Residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region who has never applied for a library card or E-Account of Hong Kong Public Libraries can make application through this online platform. Upon submission of valid application, holders of Hong Kong Smart Identity Card can login immediately through the website of Hong Kong Public Libraries, and borrow e-books or enjoy access to diversified e-resources. Two types of registered accounts (Type A or B) are available for application as follows, while Type B account has already included the functions and services available for Type A account.

(A) Application for an E-Account (Only online e-reading is allowed. Applicants are not required to go to any library for completion of application.)

An E-Account holder can enjoy access to the e-book collections and a variety of e-resources provided through the library website after login. However, borrowing of library materials from libraries is not allowed.

Online Application procedures

Persons aged 18 or above
  1. Complete the online application form;
  2. Upload the copy of Hong Kong Identify Card; and
  3. Set a password for the E-Account, for instant access to e-books and a variety of e-resources after login.
Persons under the age of 18 (holders of Hong Kong Identity Card)
  1. Complete the online application form with the consent from parent or guardian;
  2. Upload the copy of Hong Kong Identify Card; and
  3. Set a password for the E-Account, for instant access to e-books and a variety of e-resources after login.
Persons under the age of 18 (holders of Hong Kong Birth Certificate)
  1. Complete the online application form with the consent from parent or guardian;
  2. Upload the copy of Hong Kong Birth Certificate; and
  3. After submission of application, an email notice would be sent to the applicant later, who is required to login with the account information and temporary password given, and change the password immediately. The applicant can then borrow e-books and enjoy access to a variety of e-resources.

(B) Application for Using Smart Identity Card Allowed for Library Purposes AND/OR library card of Hong Kong Public Libraries (Applicants do not need to apply for E-Account separately, and it is allowed to apply for the use of both smart ID card and library card for library services. However, applicants are required to complete the application in person at libraries.)

Account holders are allowed to use valid library card or Smart Identify Card to borrow library materials from libraries, and to enjoy access to e-books and e-resources, as well as more comprehensive e-services, through library website upon login.

Online Application procedures

Persons aged 18 or above
  1. Complete the online application form;
  2. Upload the copy of applicant’s Hong Kong Identify Card, and the copy of proof for Hong Kong residential address issued within the last 3 months (e.g. water/electricity/gas/telephone bill, etc.);
  3. Set the password for the online account for instant access to e-books and a variety of e-resources, if you apply for Using Smart Identity Card Allowed for Library Purposes; and
  4. After submission of application, a notification email would be sent to the applicant later, and the applicant is required to follow the instructions given to complete the application procedures at designated library in person. The applicant must present the original Identity Card for verification and sign on the application form at the library.
Persons under the age of 18 (holders of Hong Kong Identity Card)
  1. Complete the online application form with the consent from parent or guardian;
  2. Upload the copy of applicant’s Hong Kong Identify Card, the copy of the guarantor’s Hong Kong Identity Card, as well as the copy of proof for Hong Kong residential address issued within the last 3 months (e.g. water/electricity/gas/telephone bill, etc.);
  3. Set the password for the online account for instant access to e-books and a variety of e-resources, if you apply for Using Smart Identity Card Allowed for Library Purposes; and
  4. After submission of application, a notification email would be sent to the applicant later, and the applicant, accompanied by the guarantor, is required to follow the instructions given to complete the application procedures at designated library in person. The applicant must present the original or copy of Identity Card of the applicant, and the original identify card of the guarantor for verification, while both applicant and guarantor should sign on the application form at the library.
    (If the guarantor cannot accompany the applicant and sign the form at the library, it is recommended that the applicant should submit application in traditional manner, i.e. tendering the completed application form in paper format (with the “Guarantee” part of the form completed and signed by parent or guardian) to any library, together with the necessary documents/copies for proof of identity, and proof for Hong Kong residential address, for application in person at the library.)
Persons under the age of 18 (holders of Hong Kong Birth Certificate)
  1. Complete the online application form with the consent from parent or guardian;
  2. Upload the copy of applicant’s Hong Kong Birth Certificate and a copy of the guarantor’s Hong Kong Identity Card, as well as the copy of proof for Hong Kong residential address issued within the last 3 months (e.g. water/electricity/gas/telephone bill, etc.); and
  3. After submission of application, a notification email would be sent to the applicant later, and the applicant, accompanied by the guarantor, is required to follow the instructions given to complete the application procedures at designated library in person. The applicant must present the original or copy of Hong Kong Birth Certificate of the applicant, and the original identify card of the guarantor for verification, while both applicant and guarantor should sign on the application form at the library.
    (If the guarantor cannot accompany the applicant and sign the form at the library, it is recommended that the applicant should submit application in traditional manner, i.e. tendering the completed application form in paper format (with the “Guarantee” part of the form completed and signed by parent or guardian) to any library, together with the necessary documents/copies for proof of identity, and proof for Hong Kong residential address, for application in person at the library.)

Personal Information Collection Statement

  1. The personal data provided on this platform will be used for the purposes of processing the application, posting of library notices and provision of library services only.
  2. Please contact library staff if you have any enquiries concerning the personal data collected, including the requests for access and correction.
  3. Data will be encrypted during transmission to Web servers in order to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the data transfer.

Notes on Application

  1. This online platform is provided for residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region who has never applied for a Library Card or E-Account to submit application. For Non-residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region applying for a temporary library card, please submit the application in person at any branch of the Hong Kong Public Libraries.
  2. Applicants of E-Account do not need to provide the proof of Hong Kong residential address when submitting the applications.
  3. The electronic file(s) of document copies uploaded to this platform is/are for verification and processing your application, and not intended for permanent keeping. The maximum file size of each document is 3MB and the file should be in jpg or png format.
  4. Information provided be correctly input and verified against the uploaded document copies as valid. Otherwise, the application might be delayed or rejected.
  5. All documents, including copies of the proof of identity and proof of residential address, uploaded to the platform will be deleted after completion of the application procedures. If the application is rejected, all files uploaded will be deleted after rejection of the application.
  6. For services provided by Hong Kong Public libraries, please click here for details.
  7. Applicants are strongly advised not to submit the applications on public computers in order to minimize the chance of leakage of personal information. If applicants are not using their own personal computers to submit the applications, please be reminded to completely delete all personal data (including the files of the proof of identity and residential address) that was saved on the computers and close all browser windows.

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