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All Hong Kong Public Libraries will be reopened

With effect from 19 April (Tuesday), students’ study rooms of the Hong Kong Public Libraries will be reopened. With effect from 21 April (Thursday), all public libraries and mobile libraries will resume services. In accordance with the Government's latest Vaccine Pass requirements, Vaccine Pass arrangement will be implemented on the same dates, other precautionary measures include limiting the number of people entering the library and 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. For details of service resumption, opening hours and admission arrangement, please refer to Details.

Calculation of overdue fines will be resumed from 5 May for late return of library items. Readers are advised to renew their borrowed items on time or return the overdue items as soon as possible in order not to incur overdue fines.

Application for Students’ Study Room Admission Card during examination season

The application result announcement date for Students’ Study Room admission card is 19 April 2022. (Notice)

Reporting Loss of Smart ID Card Allowed for Library Purpose

To protect the smart ID cardholders' privacy, there will be no sharing of personal data between the Immigration Department and the Hong Kong Public Libraries. As a result, holders of smart ID cards used for library services will need to report the loss of their cards to the Immigration Department and also to the Hong Kong Public Libraries to prevent unauthorized use of the cards for borrowing purposes.

How to report a lost card

  1. It is suggested to report loss by telephone to any branch of the  Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) or via My Account in the HKPL homepage first in order to prevent the unauthorised use of the lost card.
  2. Go to any Registration of Persons Offices of the Immigration Department;
  3. Complete a library form (Form No. LCS 696b) ;
  4. Indicate on the form whether you would like to apply for using your replacement smart ID card for library purposes; and
  5. Seal then deposit the properly completed and signed form into the designated drop-in box at the office.

The report of loss form will be collected by the Hong Kong Public Libraries. The report is deemed to be made to the Hong Kong Public Libraries only, not to the Immigration Department or any other agencies.

Citizens may also obtain and submit a library form (Form No. LCS 696a) at all public libraries or through the Internet.