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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.


The Hong Kong Public Libraries organises the "4.23 World Book Day Creative Competition" in 2021 on the theme, “Exploring the New Frontiers of Reading”, in support of the World Book Day on 23rd April. The competition, which integrates with reading and creativity, aims to broaden and deepen the reading scope of children and youth that they are able to grow up towards enriched lives with reading.


Application Form

Entry Requirements

Junior Primary (P1 - P3)

Topic: “My Reading Place”

Draw a watercolour picture to show a reading place that you design.


Senior Primary (P4 - P6)
Chinese / English

Topic: “Something New in Reading”

Write a letter to your teacher, family member or friend to introduce and share a printed book or  e-book from which you learn something new.

300 - 400 words (including all punctuations)


Junior Secondary (S1 - S3)
Chinese / English

Topic: “A Good Book will …”

Select a good printed book or e-book and write a book report to introduce the content and share your views. Write your own topic for the book report.

650 - 800 words (including all punctuations)


Senior Secondary (S4 - S6)
Chinese / English

Topic: “New Frontiers of Reading”

Write an essay to illustrate your reading experiences and share your views on exploring the new frontiers of reading through reading more than one piece of reading materials (including at least one printed book or e-book). Write your own topic for the essay.

1,000 - 1,200 words (including all punctuations)


Junior Primary Category – 25
Senior Primary Chinese Category – 15; Senior Primary English Category – 8
Junior Secondary Chinese Category – 15; Junior Secondary English Category – 8
Senior Secondary Chinese Category – 12; Senior Secondary English Category – 5
A book coupon at HK$500, a medal and a certificate will be awarded to each winner.  A trophy will also be awarded to the school of each award winner.


Submission Deadline

5 January 2021 (For entries sent by post, the postmark date will be regarded as the date of submission. Late submission and mail items with insufficient postage will not be accepted.)



- All entries should be nominated and submitted by schools.

- Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid to avoid unsuccessful delivery of mails.


Adjudication Panel

Teachers and members from the education profession and related organisations.


Result Announcement

Result will be announced in April 2021.  Schools of award winners will receive individual notification.  All award winners and schools will be invited to attend the Prize Presentation Ceremony held in April 2021.  Roving exhibitions of the winning entries will be held at Hong Kong Public Libraries from late April onwards.



2921 2660 (Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)


Supporting Organisation

Education Bureau, Hong Kong Teacher-Librarians’ Association, Hong Kong Reading Association, Association of Innovative Reading

4·23 World Book Day Creative Competition in 2020 – "Growing Up with Reading"


List of Winning Schools and Students

Readings for Sharing

Winning Entries