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Borrow and return services of public libraries gradually resumed

From 21 May, following the earlier opening of the Hong Kong Central Library and the six major libraries (namely City Hall, Kowloon, Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library), other 12 district libraries (namely Aberdeen, Chai Wan, Lockhart Road, Lai Chi Kok, Lam Tin, Ngau Chi Wan, Yau Ma Tei, Fanling, Tai Po, Tiu Keng Leng, Tsing Yi and Tung Chung Public Library) will be reopened with limited services, including lending and returning of library materials, and picking up of library materials reserved. All reopening libraries will implement special opening hours, arrange admission by sessions and limit the number of people entering the library. Members of the public will be subject to body temperature checks before admission. Children aged under 12 are allowed to enter the library only when accompanied by an adult. Library facilities to be reopened include adult library, young adult library, children's library, partial computer facilities and Students’ Study Room. Other facilities including newspapers and periodicals area, reference library, etc., will remain closed. Please refer to the Details.

Other facilities resumed earlier include the book drop service of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (including service at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong stations) and the self-service library stations located at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai.

Other public libraries and their students’ study room, and mobile libraries will continue to be temporarily closed until further notice. Overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, and due date of reservation pick up will be extended accordingly.

How to renew borrowed library materials via the Internet




How to renew borrowed library materials via the Internet

  1. Access the Hong Kong Public Libraries homepage at .
  2. Go to My Account / Renewal input box on homepage or click My Account on the floating menu.
  3. Enter your library card number or Hong Kong ID Card Number*.
  4. Enter your Internet “Password” or the last four digits of your registered telephone number. Then click Login .
  5. Select My Account , then click Checked Out .
  6. Select the checkbox(es) under Select for Renewal for the item(s) you would like to renew or click Select Page . Then click Renew Selected Items . (A library item can be renewed only if a checkbox appears beside the item.)
  7. A Transaction Reference Number and a new due date for the renewed item(s) will be displayed on the screen when the renewal procedure is completed. You are advised to record the Transaction Reference Number for future enquiry, return to “My Account” to check if there is any item(s) not yet returned successfully and to check “Account” balance after renewal.
  8. Click Logout to end the renewal service.
    * For readers who have applied for using their smart ID cards for the library services only.

Notes for the Renewal of Borrowed Library Materials via the Internet

  1. The online renewal service is available 24 hours a day.
  2. A Transaction Reference Number and a new due date for each renewed item will be displayed on the screen when the renewal procedure is completed.
  3. Library items borrowed as a set (e.g. a book with a CD-ROM or a map, etc.) will be renewed together by the system. If any item cannot be renewed due to the reasons specified in Note 5 below, the whole set will not be renewed.
  4. Readers are advised to renew their loan items online at least one working day before the due date, so that they can return the items to a nearby public library in time in case the renewal is unsuccessful.
  5. Readers can renew overdue items online. However, library items CANNOT be renewed online if:
    • the items are reserved by another reader and there are no other lending copies available; or
    • items have been renewed consecutively for 5 times; or
    • the main item of the group items has already been returned; or
    • the borrower account has outstanding charges that exceeds the prescribed limit.
  6. A new loan period of 14 days is calculated from the day the item is renewed. The new due date will not be extended even if an early renewal is made. For example, if an item due for return on the 8th day of the month is renewed on the 6th day, the new due date will be the 20th day instead of the 22nd day.
  7. All loan items which cannot be renewed should be returned to the Hong Kong Public Libraries by the due date. An overdue charge will be made for items returned late.
  8. The Internet “Password” is used only for accessing online services such as online renewal and reservation of library materials. To login to the Telephone Renewal System, readers should use the “Personal Identification Number” (PIN) or the last four digits of their registered telephone number.
  9. For enquiries, please call 2928 4547 during office hours.