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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. From 15 July 2020 (Wednesday), all public libraries and their students’ study room will be temporarily closed. All book drop services of the Hong Kong Public Libraries and those located at three MTR 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 also suspend services. Public libraries will continue to provide online services such as e-Books and e-Databases. Overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, due date of reservation pick up will be extended and the maximum number of renewal increased accordingly. All library programmes will be cancelled. Please refer to the library notice on the special arrangements details.

 

Kowloon Walled City

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)
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Enquiry: 2921 0349

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.