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Hong Kong Central Library

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Hong Kong Central Library

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OldGrayGrammy wrote a review Nov. 2019
Phoenix, Arizona108 contributions123 helpful votes
This was a return trip to Hong Kong for the specific purpose of using this library's Hong Kong collection and old maps. My review from November, 2018 still stands, and I still recommend this library to anyone who (1) seriously wants to use a really good library while in Hong Kong, or (2) just wants to see what a really good, well-run, q-u-i-e-t public library is like. This is definitely not a typical "tourist attraction," but it is a beautiful building, looking out over Victoria Park and the harbor, and a good place for holding - in your own hands - the paper versions of a wide variety of international newspapers or for just reading quietly and comfortably for however long you care to.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Comocath wrote a review Oct. 2019
Sydney, Australia115 contributions12 helpful votes
I was really disappointed with this library that didn’t allow any talking anywhere in the library, such an outdated idea. Libraries are now busy and noisy places. Disappointed that we weren’t allowed to take photos. I have no idea why. As a librarian I like to document libraries I visit for ideas. Library was huge!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Paul wrote a review Oct. 2019
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This library has been an amazing resource for a number of years whilst I've been studying. it is quiet, comfortable and has a massive selection of books available or requestable. The staff are amazing. Always happy to help and go the extra mile to find that book for you. Hong Kong, I salute you!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Hong Kong, China1,226 contributions10,728 helpful votes
The largest library in HK with over 10 floors Spacious and massive in heart of causeway Bay Very relaxing place with cafes and landscapes Many people come to surf the net and also to video chat with friends as it’s free Even to play video games 🤪🤪
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Date of experience: December 2018
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OldGrayGrammy wrote a review Nov. 2018
Phoenix, Arizona108 contributions123 helpful votes
I traveled to HK explicitly to use this library for historical research, so my experience was different from that of a casual tourist visit. That said, except for two rather nasty bureaucrats I encountered at the Membership Desk, my 6 days in this library were superb - not only because the Hong Kong Studies collection is so good, not only because the library's online catalogue allowed me to prepare - thoroughly and in advance - for my research time, not only because the historical map collection is so amazing, but also because in every department I was assisted by librarians who were interested in helping me with my research and willing to find materials for me that I either needed or didn't even know were there. Thank you so much, HKPL! As others have said, this is a gorgeous building, a place that is not only extraordinarily quiet and well-ordered, but accommodating for all types of people - young, old, children, scholars, casual readers, those who want to read the international newspapers, etc., etc. Except on Saturdays (which are crowded and busy), this is a great place of calm, beauty, and intellectual activity. I want to add that, even though I am a foreigner, I was (mostly) welcomed with graciousness, quiet enthusiasm, and great courtesy.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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