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Hong Kong Central Library Compulsory Testing Notice

In view of the Compulsory Testing Notice issued by the Government, persons who had visited the Hong Kong Central Library from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 4 January 2022, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 5 January 2022 or 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 6 January 2022 must strictly follow the compulsory testing requirements and undergo the tests on time as required. Details of the compulsory testing notice are available on the Centre for Health Protection’s website via the following link.

Latest arrangements on services of Hong Kong Public Libraries

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will adopt further measures to maintain social distancing. Starting from 7 January 2022 (Friday), all public libraries and their students’ study rooms and mobile libraries will be temporarily closed for 14 days until 20 January 2022 (Thursday). All book drops of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (including the book drop services located at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong stations) as well as the self-service library stations at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai will continue to provide services. During the period, overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, and due date of reservation pick up will be extended accordingly. Please refer to the library notice on the special arrangements. (Details)

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Amidst the ups and downs of life, books are always here for us. Reading brings us more than knowledge. It also brings us joy with a healing power, relieving us of stress and anxiety. The third Hong Kong Library Festival is thus themed “Joyful Reading.Libraries for You”. Echoing the theme, this edition of Take a Break – eReading Corner has selected Chinese e-books covering various topics such as mood relief, building skills for slashers, financial and business, leisure, art and culture.

During the campaign, there will be no borrowing limit for the 30 Chinese e-books selected each month. You can borrow them free of charge without making a reservation. The selected e-books will not occupy the borrowing limit of four e-books per reader. You may read the e-books through a web browser or the HyRead 3 mobile app.

Please click the links below to view the book lists:
-15 October to 15 November
-15 November to 15 December

If you are not sure where to start, our Facebook chatboot game may help. By answering five questions, you will see the similarities between you and some prominent literary figures, and a recommended book list. Click here to try now! (After starting Messenger, please click "Get Started"/"立即開始" or enter "GO" to start the game.)


e-Book selection (From 15 Nov to 15 Dec)


Download / Open HyRead 3 app 
(Click the link or scan the QR code)

Mobile app demo video (in Chinese only)
(Click the link or scan the QR code)