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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

United Nations Depository Collection

Start date:

January 1979 

Coverage: The English versions of printed and mimeographed documents of the UN and the Economics and Social Commision for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). There are over 150,000 documents in this collection.
Location: Central Reference Library , 8/F of Hong Kong Central Library
Type: Reference Material, available for public use in the library
Introduction: In recognition of its role as a major metropolitan library, Hong Kong Public Libraries(HKPL) was designated by the United Nations as a UN Depository Library in 1979 to receive a copy of all the printed and mimeographed documents of the United Nations and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The Collection now comprises over 150,000 items of documents and other publications covering a wide range of economic and social topics. Since late 1998, Chinese version of UN documents, if available, are also deposited with the English version. The UN documents are now housed in the UN Collection Room on the 8th floor, Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL). They are shelved according to their respective UN Document Number and conveniently searchable through the "Index to United Nations Documents and Publications" on CD-ROM. Among the titles regularly received are publications from the UN Centre for Human Settlement (UNCHS), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Co-ordinator (UNDRO), UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), and Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Readers who wish to keep abreast of the international scene at the UN will find the quarterly magazine "UN Chronicle" most useful.
Related links:

The United Nations Homepage at
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Enquiries: Please call (852) 2921 0222 or using the Ask a Librarian – Internet Reference Enquiry Service .