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In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, library facilities including Hong Kong Central Library and the six major libraries (City Hall, Kowloon, Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library) reopened earlier this month will be temporarily closed starting from March 23 (Monday). Other public libraries and their Students’ Study Room, Mobile Libraries will continue to be temporarily closed until further notice. All book drop services of the Hong Kong Public Libraries and those located at three MTR 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 also suspend services. During the period, public libraries will continue to provide online services such as e-Books and e-Databases. Overdue fines will not be generated for late return of library materials, due date of reservation pick up will be extended and the maximum number of renewal will be increased accordingly. Please refer to the Details.

Hok Hoi Collection

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The Hok Hoi Collection consists of some 34,600 volumes with over 1,900 titles of Chinese classics across the disciplines. They include works by famous Qing scholars like Chen Feng and Kang You-wei, and also valuable Kwang Dong editions of "13 Classics with Commentaries" and "Kwang Dong Tong Zhi". In addition to these rare books, the Hok Hoi Library published reference works such as catalogues as well as collections of lecture notes. A great deal of the collection is classical Chinese thread-sewn rare books with the most valuable ones being out-of-print books, manuscripts of Chinese classics, lecture notes and the Hok Hoi Collection catalogues. The books published by the Hok Hoi Library are also worth reading as they are of high academic standards.

Location: Central Reference Library , 9/F of Hong Kong Central Library
Type: Reference Material, available for public use in the library

The Hok Hoi Library was founded in 1923 with its aims to promote and lecture on Chinese classics. As the Library had to move out from its original address of Central, all the books were removed to the City Hall Public Library in 1963 for long-term preservation. The collection was then transferred to the Hong Kong Central Reference Library in 2001 for public consultation in the library. Besides, readers can also make use of the Multimedia Information System to access the authorized digital materials from 2014 onwards.

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Search the Special Collection Library Catalogue  Asian Development Bank


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