How to renew library books/materials borrowed from the public libraries?Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Holders of valid library cards issued by the Hong Kong Public Libraries, identity cards allowed for library purposes, or library cards or borrower's cards issued by the two former Municipal Council Public Libraries may borrow and return library book/materials at any public libraries in urban areas and the New Territories. Each registered reader may borrow a maximum of eight items of library book/materials together with accompanying library materials, or a maximum of sixteen items of back issues of periodicals.
Library books/materials from stationary libraries may be borrowed for 14 days, whereas books/materials from mobile libraries may be borrowed for 28 days ( Note 1). Unless already reserved by another reader, each loan item may be renewed for up to five consecutive times.
Procedures to apply for renewal are as follows -
On or before the due date (midnight), reader can select one of the following methods for renewal. Please note that every accompanying items (e.g. floppy disk, CD-ROM etc.) that comes with the library book/materials must be renewed separately :
Readers can now renew overdue items online.
The libraries do not accept books/materials renewal if renewal conditions cannot be met. The reasons will be displayed if the renewal is applied through the Internet. The reasons for unsuccessful renewal are as follows :
Since the loan item may have been reserved by another reader or cannot be renewed for other reasons, it is recommended that renewal by telephone or through the Internet or by mobile application be made at least one working day before the due date to allow time for the prompt return of the loan item in case the renewal is unsuccessful.
Note 1: Public holidays and library closing days are inclusive in the loan period. However, the loan period will be extended if the due date falls on public holidays when all libraries are closed i.e. New Year's Day, Chinese New Year's Day and the following 2 days, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Moreover, for materials borrowed from mobile libraries, the loan period will be extended (to the date when the mobile libraries will be in service to the same place next time) when there is suspension of service.