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Want to find different types of reference materials for self-study or researches? The Hong Kong Public Libraries has a wide range of reference collections and established special collections in different themes. You may find what you need from the following reference collections and tools.

Depository Collections

Deposited collections of 9 international organizations including the United Nations.

Special Collections

Mainly Hong Kong related materials and of some other subjects. The materials include collections of the Hong Kong Public Libraries, collections deposited from the Hok Hoi Library, the Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch) and donated by the family of Sir Robert Kotewall.

Resources Highlights

Highlights of selected library resources on specific topics.

Digital Collection

Collections of digitised images and audio-visual recordings provided in the HKPL Multimedia Information System (MMIS).

Old HK Newspapers

Digitised collection of selective major old Hong Kong Newspapers published from early Hong Kong to nowadays.

Please refer to the links of specific collections for details. You may also find the information you need in the Library Catalogue.

Reference Book Lending / Interlibrary loan Service of Reference Books under Special Circumstances

To facilitate users’ access to up-to-date information during library opening hours, reference collections are generally to be used in libraries only. However, users who are unable to visit the library due to special reasons such as mobility difficulties, physical disabilities or chronic illnesses may apply for borrowing some of the reference books from the Hong Kong Central Library and six major libraries*. Applications will be considered by taking into account applicants’ special circumstances. For details, please contact the Hong Kong Central Library and six major libraries. The application form can be downloaded here. For same special reasons, users could also contact the above mentioned seven libraries if they intend to apply for the interlibrary loan service of their reference materials to be transferred for inhouse use in other public libraries.

* The libraries include the City Hall Public Library, Kowloon Public Library, Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library, Sha Tin Public Library, Tsuen Wan Public Library and Tuen Mun Public Library.