Thirteen libraries are to be revamped in a $240 million project. Officials say the renovations are necessary because more people are using libraries and the policy of providing one library for every 200,000 residents is unlikely to change soon. 'Since we won't be building more libraries, we will have to renovate and improve existing ones,' said Lee Yuk-man, assistant director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's libraries and development section. 'Yuen Long, for example, has about half a million people, so it gets two libraries.' The libraries targeted are all over 10 years old, with high usage. Renovation of the first five libraries will be completed in August at a cost of $131 million. The second phase, which is awaiting Legislative Council finance approval, will involve $113 million being spent on eight libraries. The department hopes work will start mid-year and be completed by early next year. 'There will be overall improvement - more computers, new and nicer furniture, more interactive and meeting rooms for adults and children,' Mr Lee said. 'Because in most cases we can't expand, we will try to make the inside environments more pleasant and fun.' He added, however, that because of an expanding population in Tin Shui Wai, the main library would be expanded to cater to more users. Meanwhile, Mr Lee said more libraries in selected districts would focus on more specific books. City Hall in Central, for example, already has a large collection of business and management-related books. Mr Lee said those in Kowloon would focus more on books with educational value for students and young adults. According to department records, textbooks on IELTS - the mandatory English tests university seniors need to graduate - are most popular.