IN THIS INTERNET age with information available at the click of a mouse, a trip to the library sounds like a waste of time. Take a stroll around the Central Library - a 10-storey bank of fine books - and you could change your mind. If you head straight for the Youth Lending Library you might notice it is smaller than the junior and adult sections. However, it boasts a fine collection of biographies, Chinese history, film and natural sciences. The biographies, in English and Chinese, are short but contain the important details. The Chinese biographies focus more on politicians and scientists, the English cover figures such as captain of global economics and United States Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, technology guru and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, not to mention movie stars and celebrities galore. The drawback? Stories about men dominate all categories. The Chinese history collection offers just about everything you need for a project. Written only in Chinese, many sort history into battles, warriors and emperors. Some books focus only on scientific and cultural development, while others are about dynasties. Those interested in Hong Kong movies should poke their noses into the English section. There is a complete list of Hong Kong films made before the 1950s, with story outlines, names of directors, main actors and actresses provided in both English and Chinese. The rich collection of encyclopedias are also useful if you understand simplified Chinese characters. Need to find out more? Go downstairs to the reference section of Junior Lending Library and you will find the Children's Britannica and Oxford Children's Encyclopedia in plain English. Don't be fooled by the word 'junior' - this section offers a wide variety of books suitable for teenagers and useful for project work, and occupies the entire third floor. In the English reference section are books about governments of the world, politics and world history. Among the Chinese reference books is a small collection about modern wars, and, surprisingly, military technology and the evolution of weapons. If you love art and music, visit the English recreation section. Its collection of books on painting styles and biographies of great composers is impressive. If you prefer the beauty of words, there is also plenty of English poetry available. Those keen on philosophy and myths will enjoy the Chinese collection which features books that explain the key concepts of the main religions and their development, as well as a good section on folklore. Fiction fans will be especially pleased - there are lots of excellent titles available in Chinese and English. If you prefer to go deep into a subject, go to the Central Reference Library. It is open to those older than 12 years and is particularly useful. You can find almost anything about Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Studies section. There are also books on sciences, social science, humanities and many more areas. However, a tip here: do not rely solely on the online catalogue. It is helpful but unless you search using the exact words, some useful books will not appear in the list on screen. A stroll along the shelves is highly recommended if you can spare the time. On Tuesday, Sophia will check out what's on offer at the library in more detail.