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Special Library Opening Hours

There will be special opening hours for all branches of Hong Kong Public Libraries on the day following the Chung Yeung Festival (26th October 2020). Please refer to the Library Notice for details.

Hong Kong Public Libraries to be reopened from 29 September resuming normal opening hours

The Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL), six major libraries and 31 district libraries have been reopened earlier (17 Sep).  From 29 September, all other 32 small libraries and mobile libraries will resume service. All reopened public libraries and their students’ study rooms will resume normal opening hours. To help ensure public safety, libraries will continue to implement precautionary measures, including arrangement of cleaning sessions. Please refer to the Details.

With the resumption of book drop service, self-service library stations and reopening of all libraries with normal opening hours, counting of overdue fines shall be resumed from 19 October 2020. Readers are advised to return the overdue items in order not to incur overdue fines.

1/ Kowloon Walled City

Date: 2020/6/15 (Monday) to 2020/12/31 (Thursday)
Time: Library Opening Hours
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (5/F Current Newspapers and Periodicals Reading Area)
Description: The Kowloon Walled City, as one of the very constructions in Hong Kong’s modern history, bore witness to local social development since World Wars. The living environment in the walled city was abominable for its over-dense population, illegally constructed buildings, insufficient water and power supplies, and poor sanitary condition. On the other hand, beyond the reach of law and governance of the colonial government, the British government, and the Chinese government, the walled city was well-known as "City of Anarchy" filled with prostitution, gambling, drug trafficking, and other criminal elements. Upon the community services provided by voluntary neighborhood association and different charity organisations, the living condition of the walled city’s residents got slight improvement. Following the government’s demolition plan announced in 1987, the walled city has become the collective memories of a certain generation. Through various newspaper clippings from the library collection, this thematic exhibition presents the history and unique scenes of the walled city in retrospect.
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