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Some Public Libraries to be partially reopened from 19 February

From 19 February 2021 (Fri), the Hong Kong Central Library, six major and 31 district libraries will reopen their adult library, young adult library, children's library; and offer lending and returning of library materials and collection of reserved items. The libraries will implement special opening hours, limit the number of people entering the library and adopt other precautionary measures (including users are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their names, contact number and the date and time of the visit before admission, for necessary contact tracing if a confirmed case is found). Please refer to the library notice on the Details.

Other facilities of the above libraries and all other libraries will remain temporarily closed until further notice. Book drops of the Hong Kong Public Libraries and self-service library stations will continue to provide service.

Calculation of overdue fines will be resumed from 5 March. Overdue fines will be charged on all library items borrowed before the reopening of public libraries and not returned or successfully renewed before 5 March, except those borrowed from the mobile libraries. Readers are advised to return the overdue items in order not to incur overdue fines.

Application for Students' Study Room (SSR) Admission Card

The opening hours of the Hong Kong Public Libraries SSR will be extended during the examination period from 1 March to 31 May 2021. Users who intend to use the SSR service can apply for admission cards (applicable to 15 March to 20 May 2021) by post starting from 10 February. Details

Factory In and Out: Small Subcontractors, Internal Contractors, and Outworkers in Hong Kong

Factory In and Out: Small Subcontractors, Internal Contractors, and Outworkers in Hong Kong

Date & Time: Available for viewing from 20 November 2020 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Prof. LUI Tai-lok, JP
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese via video recording without live audience.
(Video Recording URL would be available for access from 20 November 2020 7:00 p.m.)
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2921 0388

The success of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industries owed much to the devotion and contribution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The operation of SMEs is not confined to the activities inside their factories. Collaboration with various parties outside the factories, such as import/export companies, large manufacturers, other industry practitioners, internal contractors and outworkers, cannot be overlooked. The manufacturing operation of factories in Hong Kong has never been a closed-door business. Instead, it is a highly flexible system involving various production units and workers. In this talk, the speaker will recapture how Hong Kong’s manufacturing industries in the old days went beyond the boundaries of factories, with families living in public housing estates forming part of the production chain.