A visitor at a public library in Hong Kong. Total expenditure on electronic resources in 2020 was only about 27 per cent of Hong Kong Public Libraries’ more than HK$100 million annual budget for acquiring materials. Photo: AFP
A visitor at a public library in Hong Kong. Total expenditure on electronic resources in 2020 was only about 27 per cent of Hong Kong Public Libraries’ more than HK$100 million annual budget for acquiring materials. Photo: AFP

Letters | Hong Kong Covid curbs underline need for more digital access to public library resources

  • More funding should be devoted to building an electronic collection to serve library patrons with a balanced mix with printed materials
  • The digital lending practices of New York Public Libraries and the Chinese University provide a useful template for Hong Kong to emulate

A visitor at a public library in Hong Kong. Total expenditure on electronic resources in 2020 was only about 27 per cent of Hong Kong Public Libraries’ more than HK$100 million annual budget for acquiring materials. Photo: AFP
A visitor at a public library in Hong Kong. Total expenditure on electronic resources in 2020 was only about 27 per cent of Hong Kong Public Libraries’ more than HK$100 million annual budget for acquiring materials. Photo: AFP
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