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Arts Resource Centre


The Arts Resource Centre is housed on the 10th floor of the Hong Kong Central Library, occupying an area of about 1,850 square metres. It is a specialized arts reference library aiming at providing arts related information and reference services.



  • To provide full range of information and reference services on the subject of arts to the general public; 
  • To help develop local arts and enhance local culture and arts researches; 
  • To nourish the general public's interest in arts and to enhance their level of appreciation; 
  • Comprehensively collect and preserve arts materials of Hong Kong


The Centre has a collection size of more than 280,000 items including books, music scores, periodicals, audio-visual and multimedia materials, e-databases, etc. The collection is in both Chinese and English and covers various disciplines in arts such as music, paintings, calligraphy, design, photography, sculptures, architecture, theatre, dance and films, etc. Some of the house programmes, posters and newspaper clippings related to arts have been digitized after clearance of copyright and can be accessed via the Multimedia Information System of Hong Kong Public Libraries.

Readers can make use of the computer terminals in the Centre to search for the Library Catalogue, the Internet, the Multi-Media Information System as well as the e-Databases. Besides, black and white as well as colour photocopying and computer printing services are also available in the Centre. The Centre also provides reading tables and leisure reading sofas for readers.

The Centre also has an Arts Document Reading Room which provides readers with access to special collections of arts document, services and facilities for research purpose. Discussion Rooms and Music Practice Room are also available for hiring.


Hong Kong Music Collection

Through the Hong Kong Music Collection Campaign, the special collection housed in the Centre has received some 90,000 items of local music materials including manuscripts of music scores, lyrics and opera scripts, audio-visual materials, photos, programme leaflets, house programmes, posters and newspaper clippings, etc. The special collection aims at developing the understandings of preservation of Hong Kong music archive and encouraging studies and researches on Hong Kong music.


e-Databases on Arts

Art & Architecture Source
Music Periodicals Database 
Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library Jazz
Naxos Video Library
OmniFile Full Text Mega
Performing Arts Periodicals Database 

The above e-Databases provide information on arts and they are available for searching in the Arts Resource Centre.


Library Catalogue

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

Extension Activities

The Arts Resource Centre organizes monthly exhibitions and books displays to introduce and promote different arts topics. Besides, the Centre will also cooperate with local arts organizations to hold various kinds of outreach activities such as subject talks and seminars, etc.


Location & Opening Hours

The Arts Resource Centre is located at:
10/F., Hong Kong Central Library,
66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong.
Tel.: (852) 2921 0259

Opening Hours



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