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Hong Kong Public Libraries to be reopened from 29 September resuming normal opening hours

The Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL), six major libraries and 31 district libraries have been reopened earlier (17 Sep).  From 29 September, all other 32 small libraries and mobile libraries will resume service. All reopened public libraries and their students’ study rooms will resume normal opening hours. To help ensure public safety, libraries will continue to implement precautionary measures, including arrangement of cleaning sessions. Please refer to the Details.

With the resumption of book drop service, self-service library stations and reopening of all libraries with normal opening hours, counting of overdue fines shall be resumed from 19 October 2020. Readers are advised to return the overdue items in order not to incur overdue fines.

Central Reference Library

Located on the 8/F and 9/F of the Hong Kong Central Library, the Central Reference Library is the main information and self-learning centre of the Hong Kong Public Libraries System, providing a wide range of reference collections and information services with a view to satisfying the information and lifelong learning needs of the community of the Hong Kong SAR.

Whilst the Central Reference Library plays a central coordinating role in the reference services delivered by the Hong Kong Public Libraries, its service is further complemented by a range of special libraries, including the Arts Resource Centre , Hong Kong Literature Room , Map Library , Basic Law Library , Creativity and Innovation Resource Centre etc.

Collections  And Services

Subject Departments

For the benefit of developing specialized collections and information services commensurate with the diversified and changing needs of the metropolis of Hong Kong, the Central Reference Library is divided into 6 subject departments of Hong Kong Studies (8/F), General Reference (8/F), Business & Finance (9/F), Social Sciences (9/F), Humanities (9/F) and Science & Technology (9/F). Together, the 6 subject departments offer an extensive array of print and non-print reference resources to satisfy your reference and learning needs. The collection now totals over 1 million items, one-third of which are displayed on open shelves. Materials held in closed stack are available on request at Reference and Information Service Counters.

Special Collections

The Central Reference Library hosts a number of special collections, including the Hong Kong Collection , the Hong Kong Oral History Collection , the Hong Kong Exchanges Collection , the Open University of Hong Kong Course Materials Collection , the Hok Hoi Collection of Chinese Classics , the Kotewall Collection , the Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch) Collection and 9 Depository Collections of International Organizations . These collections provide invaluable tools for research, many of which are not available for public access elsewhere in Hong Kong.

E-Resources

About 170 computer workstations provide free and one-stop access to the library catalogue, CD-ROMs, the Multimedia Information System and the Internet. Many e-databases, e-journals and about 180,000 e-books subscribed by the Library are available through the computer workstations and the cyberspace is virtually at your fingertips.

Reference and Information Enquiries Services

Providing assistance to individual users in their search for information is the primary function of the Central Reference Library. Professional librarians are on duty at service counters throughout library opening hours to assist in your information searches or to acquaint you with our library resources and develop your information and search skills.

Remote enquiry service is accessible via telephone, fax, mail, e-mail and Online Enquiry Form .

Referral Service at Hong Kong Central Library for The University of Hong Kong Libraries Temporary Pass

The Hong Kong Central Library of Hong Kong Public Libraries introduced a referral service on 30 May 2007 for registered library readers to apply for a Temporary Pass to the HKU Libraries.  This referral service is a resource-sharing project collaborated by HKU Libraries and the Hong Kong Public Libraries.  It aims to facilitate readers who have a genuine need to carry out in-depth research to access the resources of the HKU Libraries.  Please click here to view the details of the service.

User Education Programmes

Professional librarians are also ready to help users acquire search skills and learn more about library resources. Weekly sessions are organized to introduce electronic information resources and search tips on a wide range of thematic topics. Please click here to view the User Education Programmes on Electronic Resources .

Online Catalogue

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

Location & Opening Hours

The Central Reference Library is located at:
8-9/F, Hong Kong Central Library
66 Causeway Road,
Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong.

For reference and information enquiries, please contact us at:
Tel: (852) 2921 0222
Fax: (852) 2881 5500
E-mail: hkcl_ref@lcsd.gov.hk

Online Enquiry Form

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