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Partial reopening of Public Libraries from 19 February

From 19 February 2021, the Hong Kong Central Library, six major and 31 district libraries reopened their adult library, young adult library, children's library; and offer lending and returning of library materials and collection of reserved items. The libraries 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). Please refer to the library notice on the Details.

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 for 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.

Opening Hours for Public Libraries and Study Rooms

From February 19, the Hong Kong Central Library, six major and 31 district libraries partially reopen and offer lending and returning of library materials and collection of reserved items. Small and mobile libraries will remain closed until further notice.

Libraries re-opened

  • Hong Kong Central Library
  • Six major libraries (namely City Hall, Kowloon, Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library)
  • 31 district libraries (namely Aberdeen, Chai Wan, Cheung Chau, Fa Yuen Street, Fanling, Lai Chi Kok, Lam Tin, Lockhart Road, Ma On Shan, Ngau Chi Wan, Ngau Tau Kok, North Kwai Chung, North Point, Po On Road, Quarry Bay, San Po Kong, Sai Kung, Shek Tong Tsui, Sheung Shui, Shui Wo Street, South Kwai Chung, Tai Hing, Tai Po, Tiu Keng Leng, To Kwa Wan, Tseung Kwan O, Tsing Yi, Tung Chung, Yau Ma Tei, Yuen Chau Kok and Yuen Long Public Library)

Latest arrangements on services of Hong Kong Public Libraries

Please note Library Notices for special opening hours on public holidays and arrangements for opening of public libraries under inclement weather.

* All libraries will be closed on the following public holidays : New Year's Day, The First, Second and Third Day of the Chinese New Year, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

** Except library closing day or public holidays, libraries will be closed at 5:00pm on the following days: New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year's Eve, Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas Eve.

Library - Special opening hours

Service Hours Sessions
Monday to Saturday:
1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cleaning session*:
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday and Public Holidays:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cleaning session*:
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

* Readers are required to leave the library during the cleaning session

Students’ Study Room - Special opening hours

The Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) students' study rooms (SSR) will be opened with extended opening hours during the examination period from 1 March to 31 May 2021. The number of seats in SSR will be adjusted to about half to control the number of users. Seat priority would be given to users with admission card from 15 March to 20 May (Details). List of the reopened SSR is attached here.

March - May 2021#

From 1 to 14 March and 21 to 31 May
Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for each session and no admission card is required.

From 15 March to 20 May
During this period, the Room will be open daily in three sessions as follows and admission cards are required for entry. 

Monday - Friday

08:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Morning Session)

12:45 p.m. - 05:15 p.m. (Afternoon Session)

05:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Evening Session)

Saturday - Sunday & Public Holidays

08:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Morning Session)

12:45 p.m. - 05:15 p.m. (Afternoon Session)

05:30 p.m. - 09:30 p.m. (Evening Session)

# The Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) may change and alter the opening hours or admission arrangement of Students’ Study Room in response to public health concerns or other special circumstances when necessary. Please note the latest announcements of the HKPL.