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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

Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong (Online Talk)

Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong (Online Talk)

Date: 2021/3/6 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Sha Tin Public Library (Extension Activities Room)
Speaker: Professor Lau Chun-fat (Vice Chairman of the Association for Conservation of Hong Kong Indigenous Languages)
Dr. Stephen Cheung (Vice Chairman of the Association for Conservation of Hong Kong Indigenous Languages)
Organiser: Jointly organised with the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office
Remarks: Conducted in Cantonese. The subject talk will be conducted online without live audience. Please visit the Facebook Page of Intangible Cultural Heritage Office at for the live broadcast. For enquiries, please contact 2851 6134.
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2851 6134

Before the 19th century, Hong Kong residents spoke six or seven indigenous languages, among which Wai Tau and Hakka were the most spoken dialects. The language cultures of these residents were different from those of the Cantonese immigrants who came to Hong Kong after the mid-19th century. With influences of economic development, urbanization, integration and other factors, the indigenous languages in Hong Kong have rapidly declined and are now critically endangered. This lecture will give a brief introduction to Wai Tau and Hakka as well as the folk songs of these dialects.