Well read:170,000 Chinese and English books available at new Sham Shui Po library
A new two-story library in Sham Shui Po Leisure and Cultural Building will commence services on Thursday with 170,000 Chinese and English books available, as well as audio compact discs, authorities announced.
The public library – the fifth in the district – is on the ground and first floors of the building on Sham Mong Road, providing over 150 local and overseas newspapers and magazines for citizens.
A library, a children’s library, a multimedia library, a computer and information center and activity rooms are available.
Citizens will be able to borrow and return books and renew their loans by themselves.
With a blue and green theme, the library provides a cozy and quiet environment for the public to enjoy.
“To promote reading, the library will organize regularly different types of extension activities including book displays, storytelling for children, subject talks, user education sessions and more,” the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said.
It appealed to schools and cultural and educational organizations to contact the library for group visits to learn more about its facilities and services.
The department said a multipurpose display and reading area on the first floor will hold regular thematic exhibitions to introduce collections and documents of the Hong Kong Central Library.
“The area will also show library online programs or live broadcasts of the subject talks being held at the HKCL to promote its collections and activities,” it said.
The new library opens from noon to 8pm on Mondays, from 9am to 8pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays and from 9am to 5pm on Sundays and public holidays.
Those who plan to visit the Sham Shui Po Public Library can walk from Exit A1 of Nam Cheong MTR Station for about 10 minutes or arrive via various bus and minibus routes, the department said.
There is also a students’ study room inside the library and it has been providing services since October last year. The study room spans 340 square meters and offers a total of 220 seats.
Currently, there are 70 static public libraries and 12 mobile libraries across the SAR. The public library collection has 15.19 million items, including books, audio-visual materials, newspapers and journals.
Meanwhile, director of Leisure and Cultural Services Vincent Liu Ming-kwong said that all books at public libraries which violate the national security law have been taken off the shelves. He said the authorities will take out the books once they receive complaints from citizens before reviewing the content.
The books will be destroyed and removed from library collections if the contents are regarded as endangering national security.