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Special Announcement

All Hong Kong Public Libraries will close at or before 5 p.m. on 24 September 2018 (Mid-Autumn Festival) and there will be special opening hours on 25 September 2018 (the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival). All online services and Self-service Library Station services will also be suspended from 6:00 p.m. 24 September 2018 to 7:00 a.m. 25 September 2018 for maintenance of the library system. Details

Overview

Want to find different types of reference materials for self-study or researches? The Hong Kong Public Libraries has a wide range of reference collections and established special collections in different themes. You may find what you need from the following reference collections and tools.

Depository Collections

Deposited collections of 9 international organizations including the United Nations.

Special Collections

Mainly Hong Kong related materials and of some other subjects. The materials include collections of the Hong Kong Public Libraries, collections deposited from the Hok Hoi Library, the Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch) and donated by the family of Sir Robert Kotewall.

Resources Highlights

Highlights of selected library resources on specific topics.

Digital Collection

Collections of digitised images and audio-visual recordings provided in the HKPL Multimedia Information System (MMIS).

Old HK Newspapers

Digitised collection of selective major old Hong Kong Newspapers published from early Hong Kong to nowadays.

Please refer to the links of specific collections for details. You may also find the information you need in the Library Catalogue.

Reference Book Lending under Special Circumstances

To facilitate users’ access to up-to-date information during library opening hours, reference collections are generally to be used in libraries only. However, users who are unable to visit the library due to special reasons such as mobility difficulties, physical disabilities, chronic illnesses or prolonged hospitalisation may apply for borrowing some of the reference books from the Hong Kong Central Library and six major libraries*. Applications will be considered by taking into account applicants’ special circumstances. For details, please contact the Hong Kong Central Library and six major libraries. The application form can be downloaded here.

* The libraries include the City Hall Public Library, Kowloon Public Library, Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library, Sha Tin Public Library, Tsuen Wan Public Library and Tuen Mun Public Library.