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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.

Map Collection


Emphasis on maps of the Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China and major regions 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 the Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China 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 Mainland China, major countries and cities of the world, providing regional information;

Topographic Maps:

large and medium scale topographic maps of the Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China 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 the Hong Kong SAR and Mainland China for the research and study on geography, history and cartography;

Satellite Maps:

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

Map Library also collects special maps on Hong Kong produced by the 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 the Hong Kong SAR 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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