The 15 public libraries in the New Territories should open seven days a week instead of six to better serve the public, a survey carried out by a political party has found. Public libraries in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island open seven days a week but those in the New Territories open for six days, closing either on Mondays or Thursdays. New Territories East legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo of the Democratic Party said it was ridiculous for public libraries in the New Territories to have fewer opening days. 'Students living or studying in the New Territories would not have a significantly different lifestyle. It is unfair for them to have fewer opportunities to use the libraries,' Mr Cheng said. He described the practice as 'a legacy left by the municipal councils'. 'The Leisure and Cultural Services Department should have a consistent policy on library services,' Mr Cheng said. The survey was conducted by the Democratic Party in July and August and covered 1,200 residents in Tai Po, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan. Forty-five per cent of those polled said they would prefer nearby public libraries to open every day with shorter opening hours. But the remaining 55 per cent did not want to see the libraries' opening hours reduced. Tai Po district councillor Yum Kai-bong, who led the research, said the result showed the high public demand for library services in the New Territories. 'Public libraries in the New Territories could maybe open for half a day or only open part of the facilities during their current closed days. However, in the long term, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department should put in more resources for all the libraries to attain a seven-day service,' he said. The department might also consider the example of Taiwan, which issues family library cards. This could allow an individual to borrow books on behalf of a family and to make additional use of a library's resources, he said. The research also found that public libraries in the New Territories were too noisy and that this created a nuisance to users. Mr Yum suggested the leisure department arrange additional staffing to monitor and keep order in the libraries.