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Hong Kong Public Libraries - Important Notices

About this Site

This website is produced and maintained by the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government of the People's Republic of China.

The site is best viewed with browsers IE 11.0 or Firefox 44.0.2 or above.

Web Accessibility Conformance Statement

This website adopts web accessibility design and conforms to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standard. Individual less commonly used webpages with archive materials may not incorporate all the accessibility features. You are welcome to contact us by email (libcu@lcsd.gov.hk ) if you wish to acquire the information in a more accessible format.

Intellectual Property Rights Notice

1. By accessing the website of Hong Kong Public Libraries (www.hkpl.gov.hk) ("HKPL Website") or any of its webpages, you unconditionally agree to the terms of this Intellectual Property Rights Notice and as they may be modified and/or supplemented from time to time by the Government without prior notice to you. Please check this webpage regularly for any modifications and/or supplements which may be made.

Scope of Intellectual Property Rights Ownership

2. Unless otherwise indicated, the contents found on HKPL Website are subject to intellectual property rights owned by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("Government").

Non-text Contents on HKPL Website

3. Prior written consent of the Government is required if you intend to reproduce, adapt, make available to the public, disseminate, distribute or otherwise use any non-text contents (including but not limited to photographs, graphics, drawings, diagrams, audio files and video files) found on HKPL Website in any way or for any purpose. Such requests for consent shall be addressed to HKPL Website via email at enquiries@lcsd.gov.hk.

4. Where third party intellectual property rights is involved in the non-text contents found on HKPL Website, authorization or permission to reproduce, adapt, make available to the public, disseminate, distribute, reproduce, adapt, make available to the public, disseminate, distribute any such non-text contents must be obtained from the intellectual property rights owners concerned.

Text Contents on HKPL Website

5. The Government intellectual property rights protected text contents found on HKPL Website may be reproduced and distributed free of charge in any format or medium for personal or internal use within an organisation, subject to the following conditions:

(a) the copy or copies made must not be for sale, or exchange for any benefit, gain, profit or reward, or any other commercial purposes. "Commercial purposes" includes without limitation the following:

(i) the purpose to offer to supply goods, services, facilities, land or an interest in land;

(ii) the purpose to offer to provide a business opportunity or an investment opportunity;

(iii) the purpose to advertise or promote goods, services, facilities, land or an interest in land;

(iv) the purpose to advertise or promote a business opportunity or an investment opportunity;

(v) the purpose to advertise or promote a supplier, or a prospective supplier, of goods, services, facilities, land or an interest in land; and

(vi) the purpose to advertise or promote a provider, or a prospective provider, of a business opportunity or an investment opportunity, in the course of or in the furtherance of any business;

(b) such text contents must be reproduced accurately and must not be used in a manner adversely affecting any moral rights of the Government; and

(c) the Government must be acknowledged as the intellectual property rights owner of such text contents and acknowledgement must be given to HKPL Website (www.hkpl.gov.hk) as the source of such text contents;

6. Please note that the permission given in clause 5 above only applies to Government intellectual property rights protected text contents found on HKPL Website. The Government reserves the right to withdraw any permission given in clause 5 above at any time without any prior notice to you.

7. Prior written consent of the Government is required if you intend to reproduce, adapt, make available to the public, disseminate, distribute or otherwise use any Government intellectual property rights protected text contents found on HKPL Website in any way other than that permitted in clause 5 above, or for any purpose other than that permitted in clause 5 above. Such requests shall be addressed to the HKPL Website via email at enquiries@lcsd.gov.hk.

8. Where third party intellectual property rights is involved in the text contents found on HKPL Website, authorisation or permission to reproduce, adapt, make available to the public, disseminate, distribute any such text contents must be obtained from the intellectual property rights owners concerned.

Contents on Linked Websites

9. For the avoidance of doubt, the permission given in clause 5 above does not extend to any contents on other websites linked to HKPL Website. If you intend to reproduce, adapt, make available to the public, disseminate, distribute or otherwise use any contents on any such linked websites, you shall obtain all necessary authorisation or permission from the intellectual property rights owners concerned.

English and Chinese Versions of this Intellectual Property Rights Notice

10. This Intellectual Property Rights Notice has been translated into Chinese. If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the English version and the Chinese version, the English version shall prevail.

Disclaimer for HKPL Website

11. Unless provided otherwise in this Disclaimer, the information on HKPL Website is provided to you on an "AS IS" basis without any express or implied warranty of any kind and is provided for a general, indicative purpose only. In particular, the Government does not make any express or implied warranty as to the accuracy, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, reliability, security, timeliness or freedom from computer virus in relation to such contents. The Government will not be liable for any errors in, omissions from, or misstatements or misrepresentations (whether express or implied) concerning any such information, and will not have or accept any liability, obligation or responsibility whatsoever for any loss, destruction or damage (including without limitation consequential loss, destruction or damage) however arising from or in respect of any use or misuse of or reliance on the information delivered on HKPL Website or inability to use HKPL Website.

12. The Government will not have or accept any liability, obligation or responsibility whatsoever for any loss, destruction or damage (including without limitation consequential loss, destruction or damage) however arising from or in respect of any use or misuse of or reliance on the Bureaux / Departments' electronic service delivered through HKPL Website.

13. HKPL Website may contain materials contributed by third parties. To facilitate access to information provided by or via third parties, HKPL Website may provide or assist in providing links to external websites through its webpages. The Government states that it has not approved or endorsed the materials contributed by third parties on HKPL Website or any external websites linked to HKPL Website. The provision of any such materials or links to external websites shall not constitute any form of co-operation or affiliation with the Government of any such third parties or external websites. Provision of, or assistance in providing, materials contributed by third parties on HKPL Website or links to external websites gives rise to no statement, representation or warranty, express or implied, that the Government agrees or does not disagree with the contents of any such materials or external websites and the Government will not have or accept any liability, obligation or responsibility whatsoever for any loss, destruction or damage (including without limitation consequential loss, destruction or damage) however arising from or in respect of any use or misuse of or reliance on the contents of any such materials or external websites delivered on or via HKPL Website or inability to use any of them.

14. The Government is not responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever arising out of or in connection with any information on HKPL Website. The Government reserves the right to omit, suspend or edit all information compiled by the Government on HKPL Website at any time in its sole discretion without giving any reason or prior notice. You are responsible for making your own assessment of all information contained on HKPL Website and shall verify such information by making reference, for example, to original publications and obtaining independent advice before acting upon it.

15. This Disclaimer has been translated into Chinese. If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the English version and the Chinese version, the English version shall prevail.

16. By accessing HKPL Website or any of its webpages, you unconditionally agree to the terms of this Disclaimer and as they may be modified and/or supplemented from time to time by the Government without prior notice to you. Please check this webpage regularly for any modifications and/or supplements which may be made.