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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, Government has announced that social distancing rules will be extended until 3 February. All public libraries and their students’ study rooms and mobile libraries under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will continue to be temporarily closed. 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 maintain 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)

Application for Students’ Study Room Admission Cards during Examination Season

The deadline for application for Students’ Study Room admission cards during examination season will fall on 30 January 2022, with the postmark date on the envelope taken as the application date. Applicants (including those not yet hold a HKPL library card) can apply for admission cards by post during the temporary closure of public libraries. Please refer to Notes on Application for Students’ Study Room Admission Card for details.


The Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) organises the “423 World Book Day Creative Competition” in 2022 on the theme, “Surrounded by the Scent of BooksJoy of Reading in 60 Years”, in support of the World Book Day on 23rd April and celebration of the 60th anniversary of HKPL. 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 enlighten and enrich their lives with reading and wise use of library.

Entry Requirements

Junior Primary (P1 - P3)

Theme: "Happy Anniversary to My Favorite Library _________"
Draw a single-sided crayon greeting card cover to your favorite public library to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Hong Kong Public Libraries in 2022.


Senior Primary (P4 - P6)
Chinese / English

Theme: “The Inspiring Picture Book”                                                                                                      

Write a letter to your teacher, family member or friend to introduce and share a picture book, printed or electronic book published in the recent 60 years from which you are inspired. Write your own topic for the letter.

300 - 400 words (including all punctuations)


Junior Secondary (S1 - S3)
Chinese / English

Theme: “Read Growth”
Select a biography which is about a great person born or died in the period of 1962 to 2022. Write a book report to introduce the printed book or electronic book and share why it is inspirational and enlightening. Write your own topic for the book report.

650 - 800 words (including all punctuations)


Senior Secondary (S4 - S6)
Chinese / English

Theme: “Reading is Always a Good Idea”
Reading time is one of the fondest memories in many people’s lives. Write an essay to illustrate your reading experience and share your views on “Reading is Always a Good Idea” through reading more than one piece of reading materials (including at least one printed book or electronic 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 2022 (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. For entries sent by forwarded email, the forwarded email date will be regarded as the date of submission. Late submission will not be accepted.)


Adjudication Panel

Teachers and members from the education profession and related organisations.


Announcement of Result

Result will be announced in April 2022. Schools of award winners will receive individual notification to receive prizes. 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., except public holidays)


Supporting Organisations

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


Application Form (Click Here to Download)



4·23 World Book Day Creative Competition in 2021 –“Exploring the New Frontiers of Reading”



Sharing of Junior Primary Category Winners

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Sharing of Senior Primary Category Winners

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Sharing of Junior Secondary Category Winners

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Sharing of Senior Secondary Category Winners

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List of Winning Schools and Students
Readings for Sharing