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Basic Law Library

The Basic Law Library is a joint project of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Basic Law Institute. The Library was opened on 20 December 2004 and is managed by the Hong Kong Public Libraries, Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The Basic Law Library located at the 5/F of City Hall Public Library has an area of about 210m2 . It is basically a reference library aiming to serve the general public. Legal professionals, schools and organizations are also welcome.

Seats are provided in the Library. Internet and Digital Service workstations, CD-ROM workstation, Library Catalogue terminal and Wi-Fi.HK wireless internet access services are available for public access. 


The library stock includes the Basic Law Collection originally housed in the Hong Kong Central Library, as well as about 7,500 items of reference materials acquired by the Basic Law Institute in three years with a grant from the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The Basic Law Library stocks materials such as books, journals, multimedia information, CD-ROMs, e-databases and newspaper clippings. It now has a collection of over 19,000 items of reference materials covering the following subjects: 

  • Publications relating to constitutional law, administrative law, human rights and civic rights
  • Materials on the Basic Law of HKSAR issued by the Government, professional bodies, academic institutions and community organizations, etc.  
  • Documents and newspaper clippings relating to the drafting and implementation of the Basic Law  
  • Records of court judgments relating to the Basic Law  

Readers can make use of the collection for better understanding and research on the Basic Law of the HKSAR and related subjects.

Online Catalogue

Members of public are welcome to search the Library Catalogue of the Basic Law Library for any specific titles and relevant topics.


The Basic Law Library is located at:
City Hall Public Library
5/F, City Hall High Block, Central,
Hong Kong.
Tel.: (852) 2921 2529

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