District gets its first community library
Central and Western District has its first community library and two more could be open in three months.
The library, in Hollywood Road, is one of more than 20 set up under a scheme started by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in 2005.
At the opening yesterday, district councillor Dominic Chan Choi-hi said the nearest public library was at City Hall, 15 to 20 minutes' walk away.
'There is no library in Sheung Wan or Mid-Levels. The district council once requested that a public library be set up in the Sheung Wan Civic Centre, but the Leisure and Cultural Services Department did not approve,' Mr Chan said.
The department had, however, approved the proposal for the community library in the Fong Chung Social Service Centre and he expected others to open in Western Street and Rock Hill Street.
Another councillor, Stephen Chan Chit-kwai, said the Leisure and Cultural Services Department had been quick to reply to the council's request for help in organising the district's first community library.
'The department has offered 1,000 books for residents to borrow and we hope it can help to solve the problem of having inadequate libraries in our district,' Mr Chan said.
Books available cover subjects including cookery, photography and information technology.
The department will supply more books after the library has been open for six months.