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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

Latest arrangements on services of Hong Kong Public Libraries


19.11.2020

From 29 September, all public libraries and their students’ study rooms, and mobile libraries have resumed normal opening hours. Counting of overdue fines is resumed from 19 October 2020. In the interest of public health, the library will continue to adopt special measures. Cleaning session will be arranged during the opening hours and seating will be reduced to avoid gathering. Members of the public will be subject to body temperature checks before admission and need to wear their own masks in the library. Children aged under 12 are allowed to enter the library and use library facilities and services (including students’ study room) only when accompanied by an adult. The library will continue to strengthen the cleaning and disinfection of the facilities in the library, review the situation and adjust relevant preventive measures as and when necessary.

Opening Hours

All libraries resumed normal opening hours with cleaning break during the opening hours. Please refer to the attached list for details. For enquiries, please contact the staff of respective library: Locate Libraries.

Computer facilities

Internet & Digital Service workstations and Computer and Information Centre/Area in 30 branch libraries have resumed normal service, except during the library cleaning break. Reduced number of workstations are provided to maintain social distance. Please refer to the attached list for details on the reservation of computer facilities. Kids’ Internet & Digital Service Workstations remain suspended. Children aged under 12 may use the Internet & Digital Service workstations when accompanied by an adult.

Students’ Study Room

All students’ study rooms have resumed normal opening hours from 29 September with arrangement of cleaning session and reduced seating. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to the attached list of the reopened students’ study room and the service hours.

Book drops and Self-service Library Stations

Book drop service of 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 have been resumed on 2 September.

Library Programmes

Public libraries will gradually resume library programmes with implementation of special arrangement and enhanced infection control measures in view of the latest situation of COVID- 19. Please check here on library extension activities.