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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

Hong Kong Education from 1841 to 1941

Hong Kong Education from 1841 to 1941

Date & Time: Available for viewing from 19 March 2021 7:00 p.m. 
Speaker: Prof. Tam Man Kwan, Ph.D., B.H., B.B.S., J.P.
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese via video recording without live audience.
(Video Recording URL would be available for access from 19 March 2021 7:00 p.m.)
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2921 0388

The provision of education in Hong Kong during the pre-war period was a concerted effort of the colonial government, missionary bodies and Chinese charitable organisations. Schools varied in size, vision, religious belief, curriculum, medium of instruction and student background. Orphanages, refuge homes and free schools for the disadvantaged children; boarding schools attended by children of different nationalities including local students and those from Mainland China and Southeast Asia; and day schools in tenement houses on busy streets in town or European-style mansions at the tranquil Mid-levels, all formed part of the Hong Kong education system catered for people of different cultures during the colonial period. This talk will introduce the unique schooling experience of young people in pre-war Hong Kong.