Public Library

Letters to the Editor, March 10, 2013

Tin Shui Wai library should be open longer. Photo: May Tse

The global investing public is increasingly paying attention to the corporate social responsibilities of listed enterprises. Profitability aside, corporate performance in environmental protection, social contribution and human capital development are being factored into people's investment decisions.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 2:52am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 16, 2012

No need for shark's fin soup on the menu. Photo: SMP

Standard hours law is morally right

In the report ("Warning of 'euro mess' over standard working hours", December 3), a deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries said that legislation on standard working hours would jeopardise business competitiveness and such legislation had "caused riots and unrest in some countries".

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am 1 comment

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

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

Museum workers say they were not consulted on 'big changes'

A union representing workers at public museums has accused the government of pressing ahead with changes it says will have 'a huge impact' on staff without consulting it.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Next chapter requires a firm commitment

Fears for the future of books in the age of the internet and home infotainment have proved premature. Evidence of this is to be found in the roller-coaster success of this city's annual book fair, with record attendances year after year. That helps confound the myth that Hong Kong people do not read. A love of reading goes hand in hand with lifelong learning and achievement.

8 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Plan for mall libraries to attract more readers

Push for convenient location to draw library users

Opening public libraries near shopping malls and almost doubling their size are among the key recommendations put forward by a committee set up by the Home Affairs Bureau in 2001 to review library services.

8 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Readers want more best-sellers and reference books

Library users hope public libraries will stock more best-sellers and reference books, as the government moves to adopt recommendations from an advisory group to improve services for the city's readers.

Candy Lo, who visits a library every week, said more new publications should be available.

8 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Privatisation plan for libraries ruled out

A committee looking at the future of Hong Kong's libraries has rejected a proposal to turn them into commercial operations but says they should be bigger.

5 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


Book-lovers have been prevented from borrowing nearly one million books because libraries do not have enough space to display them. The books represent 10 per cent of the total collection in the SAR's public libraries, with an estimated cost of $65.8 million. 'There is a risk that the capacities of individual libraries cannot cope with their expanding collections,' the commission warned.

21 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Central Library fails test

SCMP, October 28, 2002

By Cheung Chi-fai

The Central Library has failed in its objective to become a research and information hub, a government-commissioned survey has found.

The proportion of people using the huge stock of reference and electronic facilities at the $693 million centre was far less than that of regional libraries, the study showed.

28 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Watchdog throws book at librarians

More than 5,000 returned books were wrongly listed as 'not returned' by government libraries, the Ombudsman's office has found.

The watchdog revealed that the libraries lent out 89 million books and other material, such as CDs and tapes, last financial year.

Of those, 8,431 books were listed as missing although some borrowers claimed they had returned them.

14 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Library book selection suggestions welcome

I refer to the letter headlined 'Libraries must adopt more selective approach' (Sunday Morning Post, January 28).

11 Feb 2001 - 12:00am


I refer to the letter from a reader headlined, 'Pricey' (Sunday Morning Post, July 4).

The photocopying services in the City Hall Reference Library as well as other Provisional Urban Council Public libraries are provided by the library administration.

11 Jul 1999 - 12:00am