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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.

Map Collection


Emphasis on maps of Hong Kong, the Mainland and major countries and cities of the world

Location: Map Library , 5/F of the Hong Kong Central Library
Type: Reference Material, available for public use in the library

Map collection emphasizes on different kinds of maps and atlases of Hong Kong, the Mainland as well as major countries and cities of the world, including:

General Maps:

maps of the world, continents, countries, cities and regions, providing information on boundaries and place names;

Country/City Maps:

maps of the Mainland, major countries and cities of the world, providing regional information;

Topographic Maps:

large and medium scale topographic maps of Hong Kong, the Mainland and major regions around the world, providing information on topography, relief height and landmarks, usually illustrated with contour lines;

Thematic Maps:

maps on special topics such as transportation, politics, roads, geology, natural resources, land use and population distribution;

Historical Maps:

focus on early maps of Hong Kong and the Mainland for the research and study on geography, history and cartography;

Satellite Maps:

satellite images covering areas of Hong Kong, the Mainland and selected countries.

Map Library also collects special maps on Hong Kong produced by related departments of the Hong Kong SAR Government, including:

Topographic Maps:

maps in different scales produced by the Lands Department for the study of architectural planning and geographical researches;

Geological Maps:

maps in different scales produced by the Civil Engineering and Development Department for the study of solid and superficial geology of Hong Kong;

Countryside Maps:

maps produced by the Lands Department providing geographic information to hikers and picnickers, including landmarks, facilities, transportation and trails in country park areas in Hong Kong;

Nautical Charts:

maps produced by the Marine Department in accordance with the specifications of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), providing nautical information in Hong Kong such as water depths, navigational aids and harbour facilities to port users or researchers;

Outline Zoning Plans:

statutory plans prepared under the provisions of the Town Planning Ordinance by the Planning Department for the study of regional development, showing the land use zones, development parameters and major road systems of an individual planning area;

Street Naming Plans:

gazetted Street Naming Plans prepared under the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance by the Lands Department, showing information of the streets including the name, starting point, ending point and length. Map Library keeps all gazetted Street Naming Plans from 24 October 2003 onwards and some of the old Plans published earlier.

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Please call (852) 2921 0351 or using the Ask a Librarian – Internet Reference Enquiry Service .