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Hong Kong Central Library Compulsory Testing Notice

In view of the Compulsory Testing Notice issued by the Government, persons who had visited the Hong Kong Central Library from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 4 January 2022, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 5 January 2022 or 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 6 January 2022 must strictly follow the compulsory testing requirements and undergo the tests on time as required. Details of the compulsory testing notice are available on the Centre for Health Protection’s website via the following link.

Latest arrangements on services of Hong Kong Public Libraries

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, Government has announced that social distancing rules will be extended until 3 February. All public libraries and their students’ study rooms and mobile libraries under the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will continue to be temporarily closed. All book drops of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (including the book drop services located at MTR Central, Kowloon Tong and Nam Cheong stations) as well as the self-service library stations at Island East Sports Centre Sitting-out Area, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai will maintain services. During the period, overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, and due date of reservation pick up will be extended accordingly. Please refer to the library notice on the special arrangements. (Details)

Application for Students’ Study Room Admission Cards during Examination Season

The deadline for application for Students’ Study Room admission cards during examination season will fall on 30 January 2022, with the postmark date on the envelope taken as the application date. Applicants (including those not yet hold a HKPL library card) can apply for admission cards by post during the temporary closure of public libraries. Please refer to Notes on Application for Students’ Study Room Admission Card for details.

Hong Kong Literature Room

As a special reference unit of the Hong Kong Central Library, the Hong Kong Literature Room aims to present local literature and promote study and research related to Hong Kong literary scene.

Hong Kong Literature Room located at 8th floor of Hong Kong Central Library which mainly provide reference enquiry service. It has an area of about 200 square metres. Regular talks and thematic exhibitions on local literature will be organised in promotion of library stock.

Seats, Multimedia Information System workstations and Library Catalogue terminals are available for readers' use. The Hong Kong Literary Authors' Database is also available for public access to the information on authors and their works.


The Hong Kong Literature Collection has a stock of about 55,000 items of reference materials which include some 24,000 volumes of books and periodicals, 4,000 authors' manuscripts, 300 authors' portraits, 27,000 newspaper clippings and a database of nearly 1,000 authors' biographies, bibliographies of works and criticism of literary authors. Some of the authors' manuscripts and clippings related to local literature have been digitized after clearance of copyright and can be accessed via the Multimedia Information System of Hong Kong Public Libraries.

Chinese Literary Authors Collection comprises some 45,000 volumes of books of Chinese literary authors from Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and overseas countries.

Hong Kong Village Life Collection has a stock of about 1,200 books and 1,000 historical documents obtained from several early New Territories citizens. These valuable books and documents are the first-hand sources of information for the study of economy, social and cultural development of early Hong Kong and traditional village life.

Online Catalogue

Members of public are welcome to search the Library Catalogue for any specific titles of the library stock.

Location & Opening Hours

Hong Kong Literature Room is located at:
8/F, Hong Kong Central Library,
66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong.
Tel.: (852) 2921 0323

Opening Hours

Related Websites on Hong Kong Literature

Hong Kong Baptist University International Writers' Workshop
Hong Kong English Literature Database
Hong Kong Translation Society
Hong Kong Writers' Circle
Proverse Hong Kong


The web sites listed in this Resources Guide are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. Their inclusion here does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Leisure and Cultural Services Department of any of the products, services, or opinions of the organizations or individuals concerned. Leisure and Cultural Services Department bears no responsibility for the accuracy or the content of external sites or for that of subsequent links. Please contact the external site's administrator for answers to questions regarding any of these sites.