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Borrow and return services of public libraries gradually resumed

From 21 May, following the earlier opening of the Hong Kong Central Library and the six major libraries (namely City Hall, Kowloon, Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library), other 12 district libraries (namely Aberdeen, Chai Wan, Lockhart Road, Lai Chi Kok, Lam Tin, Ngau Chi Wan, Yau Ma Tei, Fanling, Tai Po, Tiu Keng Leng, Tsing Yi and Tung Chung Public Library) will be reopened with limited services, including lending and returning of library materials, and picking up of library materials reserved. All reopening libraries will implement special opening hours, arrange admission by sessions and limit the number of people entering the library. Members of the public will be subject to body temperature checks before admission. Children aged under 12 are allowed to enter the library only when accompanied by an adult. Library facilities to be reopened include adult library, young adult library, children's library, partial computer facilities and Students’ Study Room. Other facilities including newspapers and periodicals area, reference library, etc., will remain closed. Please refer to the Details.

Other facilities resumed earlier include the book drop service of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (including service at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong stations) and the self-service library stations located at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai.

Other public libraries and their students’ study room, and mobile libraries will continue to be temporarily closed until further notice. Overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, and due date of reservation pick up will be extended accordingly.

Addendum to Press Release on 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature


Addendum to Press Release on 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature


  Organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the 15th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature prize presentation ceremony was held on 26 November 2019 at the Hong Kong Central Library. The list of winners in the Press Release on 26 November 2019 regarding the name/title in English is updated as follows:

Prize Title Author
Poetry Category
Biennial Award Life as a Bystander Yip Ying-kit
Recommended Prize Cherry and King Kong: Poem Selections 2013 - 2016 Liu Wai-tong
Essay Category
Biennial Award Memories Unburdened by Sorrow Hung Wai-yee
Recommended Prize Evanescence Pun Kwok-ling
Fiction Category
Biennial Award My Hong Kong Stories Hui Wing-fai
Recommended Prize The Daily of Dusts Cheung Yuen-man
Literary Criticism Category
Biennial Award Sentiments of a Turbulent Era: Hong Kong and its Literature during the Sino-Japanese War Chan Chi-tak
Recommended Prize Hong Kong Dark Cinema: Film Noir, Re-conceptions and Reflexivity Chan Kim-mui
Recommended Prize Scholars as Sinological Translators
(authoritative title)
Kwan Sze-pui Uganda
Children and Youth Literature Category
Biennial Award The Green Hell Chiu Ka-man
Recommended Prize The King's Little Secret Carrie Huang

  The above winning titles and the award-winning books in previous years have been included in the HKPL's collection for public browsing. For details of the awards, please visit