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Special Library Opening Hours

Hong Kong Public Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on 21 September 2021 (Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival) and there will be special opening hours on 22 September 2021 (the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival). The libraries will continue to adopt precautionary measures to avoid gathering and foster social distancing. Please refer to the Details.

Map Library

The Map Library is located at the 5/F of Hong Kong Central Library. It is a part of the Special Reference unit and the materials in the collection are for reference use. The aim of Map Library is to be a comprehensive map information centre in Hong Kong by collecting all kinds of maps and cartographic information for use by the general public.


  • Provide access to maps and cartographic information for the general public to meet their needs 
  • Provide current and research oriented collection of cartographic information 
  • Provide reference services on cartography in support of the library reference information services

CD-ROM workstation is provided in the library for public access to the CD-ROMs and digitized cartographic information. Besides, large-sized map reading tables are installed for reader's use.


The Map Library collects various kinds of maps, with emphasis on the Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China and major countries in the world. Its collections include:

  • Different kinds of maps like general maps, topographic maps, thematic maps, city maps and historical maps 
  • Different kinds of atlases like general world atlases, national atlases, provincial atlases of China, city atlases and thematic atlases 
  • Old photos and aerial photos of Hong Kong 
  • Hong Kong Street Naming Plans 
  • Reference books, newspaper clippings and leaflet information on Hong Kong places

Some of the maps and old photos of Hong Kong have been digitized after clearance of copyright and can be accessed via the Multimedia Information System of Hong Kong Public Libraries.

Online Catalogue

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

Location & Opening Hours

The Map Library is located at:
5/F, Hong Kong Central Library,
66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong
Tel.: (852) 2921 0351

Opening Hours