More than a thousand petition to save renowned HKU library

The HKU library's good international reputation may take a hit if it continues to be starved of funding, petitioners say. Photo: David Wong

About 1,500 academics, students and researchers - including a former US diplomat - have signed an online petition for more funds for the University of Hong Kong library, which they say is "going downhill very fast".

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 5:55am

Margaret Thatcher admirers plan library and museum in her memory

There was a heavy police presence as banner-waving revellers celebrated the death of Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Reuters

Admirers of late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher plan to create a new library and museum in London to celebrate her legacy and shape the future of conservative politics.

15 Apr 2013 - 4:32am

Law-firm librarians raising the bar

The image of law-firm librarians stacking bulky legal tomes on shelves has changed beyond all recognition in recent years as their areas of responsibility widen and the ubiquitous march of technology makes its inevitable impact.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

A less forbidding city

The Forbidden City in Beijing is a treasure trove of Chinese culture and history whose riches seem to hold little relevance for modern Hongkongers, much less young children. But art consultant and educator Chiu Kwong-chiu has other ideas. What's needed, he says, is a lively, interactive way of presenting the material.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Real people bring reading to life

Visitors to some public and university libraries on the mainland may well find themselves in a 'living library', offering 'living books' (real people) to readers.

The idea of a living - or human - library, started in Denmark in 2000 and promotes dialogue, reduces prejudice and encourages understanding as visitors talk with the 'people on loan'.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Don't furnish your walls by the book

In Hong Kong, where residential space is often tight, a large collection of books can overwhelm a small apartment. There are, however, ingenious ways to store and display volumes while integrating them into your home d?cor in a stylish and seamless manner.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rethink needed on location and short opening hours of HK's public libraries

I have always understood that governments structure their public library policy in order to promote citizens' reading habits, particularly young children.

However, I am always amazed at how the Hong Kong government has presented public libraries to us.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Readers find their niche

As book lovers, Patrick Yip and Joey Law were eager to share the joy of reading when their first-born was old enough. However, to their dismay, they found that choices of good quality and affordable books locally were limited.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Free entry on way for museums, libraries

Thousands of museums and libraries on the mainland are set to give free access to the public under a government proposal that has been widely welcomed.

At the same time, critics say the government needs to do more to ensure that money for cultural services is properly spent.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

An NGO that looks at spiritual development, not just exams

Li Yingqiang (pictured), 31, is co-founder of the Transition Institute in Beijing and co-founder of the China Rural Library, a grass-roots non-governmental organisation that has promoted civic education in rural areas since 2007. With its nine rural libraries across the mainland, the group provides opportunities to children in the countryside struggling in an exam-oriented education system.

28 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Advisory panel on libraries a closed book

A committee set up by the Home Affairs Bureau to provide advice on library development has been urged to open its meetings to the public and to publicise its goals and activities.

Members of the Public Libraries Advisory Committee, formed in 2008, appeared before the Legislative Council yesterday for the first time.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Extended library hours considered

The government is to consider extending the opening hours of public libraries. Undersecretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui Hiu-fai said since April last year, 33 of the 66 libraries across the city were open seven days a week, for a total of 71 hours, while the rest were open during office hours only.

10 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Seat hogs annoy student library users

With examinations looming, mainland college and university libraries are busy places and many students are complaining it is hard to find seats.

6 Jan 2009 - 12:00am


Children need to have a caring family

It is the parents' responsibility to look after their children, but recent reports indicate that some of them are not doing a good job.

Nowadays, both parents work so they take turns to care for their children who are sometimes left alone at home.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

'Dare to dream big'

For John Wood deciding to change the world was the easy bit. The hard part was convincing others that it made perfect sense to quit his high-flying job as director of business development for Microsoft Greater China to set up a charity to promote literacy and education in the developing world.

6 Oct 2007 - 12:00am