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Maintenance of Library System

Owing to maintenance work of the library system, all online services and Self-service Library Station services will be temporarily suspended from 00:30 a.m. on 1 February 2022 to 11:59 p.m. on 2 February 2022. Details

Latest arrangements on services of Hong Kong Public Libraries

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, Government has announced that social distancing rules will be extended until 17 February. All public libraries and their students’ study rooms and mobile libraries under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will continue to be temporarily closed. All book drops of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (including the book drop services located at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong 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 maintain services. During the period, overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, and due date of reservation pick up will be extended accordingly. Please refer to the library notice on the special arrangements. (Details)

Application for Students’ Study Room Admission Cards during Examination Season

The deadline for application for Students’ Study Room admission cards during examination season will fall on 30 January 2022, with the postmark date on the envelope taken as the application date. Applicants (including those not yet hold a HKPL library card) can apply for admission cards by post during the temporary closure of public libraries. Please refer to Notes on Application for Students’ Study Room Admission Card for details.

Indigenous Languages and Folk Songs of Hong Kong

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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)
Description: 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.