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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.

Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese in 2020

Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese in 2020

Date & Time: 15 April 2020 (Deadline of Submission)
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries, Leisure and Cultural Services Department

The Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese was launched by the Public Libraries in 1979 and has been organised bi-annually since 1992. It aims to enhance public appreciation of and interest in Chinese literary writing. The Awards is divided into six categories, including Poetry, Essays, Fictions, Literary Criticism, Children's Stories and Children's Picture Stories.

Organised by Hong Kong Public Libraries, Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council

There will be 1 First Prize, 1 Second Prize, 1 Third Prize and 5 Merit Prizes in each catagory:
First Prize: HKD18,000 cash prize
Second Prize: HKD15,000 cash prize
Third Prize: HKD11,000 cash prize
5 Merit Prizes: HKD 7,500 cash prize for each awardee
(Each of the award winners will receive a certificate of the award as a kind of recognition.)

Deadline of Submission
15 April 2020
(For entries send by registered post, the post mark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission. For entries submitted by hand, submission will be accepted only during opening hours of Fa Yuen Street Public Library. Underpaid mail or late submission will not be accepted.)

Submission Venue
(4/F., Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building, 123A Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon)
Remark: During the temporary closure of Fa Yuen Street Public Library, please mail the application form with the entry to Fa Yuen Street Public Library, 4/F, Fa Yuen Street Municipal Services Building, 123A Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok, Kowloon. Please specify "Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese in 2020" on the envelope.

Result Announcement
Result will be announced in November 2020.

Application Form available at

  • Hong Kong Public Library
  • Here (Chinese Version Only)

For Enquiry
2921 2645 / 2928 4601 (Extension Activities Unit, Hong Kong Public Libraries)
Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) : 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

# For the award details, please refer to the application form (Chinese Version Only) .