Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong

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Hong Kong Central Library is the largest library in Hong Kong, flagship library of Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) and used as Hong Kong Public Library headquarters, functioning as the territory's National Library. It is located at the intersection of Moreton Terrace and Causeway Road in Causeway Bay.

Facing Victoria Harbour, the 12-storey high building occupies a gross area of 9,400 square metres (101,000 sq ft) with a floor area of 33,800 square metres (364,000 sq ft). The building cost of the Central Library was HK$690 million ($88 million). The Library's collections amount to one fifth of the Hong Kong Public Libraries System; 2.3 million items out of the total 12.1 million items.

The library's 11th floor houses the HKPL head office. The arch-shaped doorway atop the front facade of the Hong Kong Central Library symbolises the Gate to Knowledge, while the triangle, square and circle which make up the arch all carry further meaning. The circle represents the sky, the square the land and the triangle the accretion of knowledge. When it was originally proposed, the design was controversial and received critiques from Urban Council members.
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  • 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.....  more »
  • I was really disappointed with this library that didn’t allow any talking anywhere in the library, such an outdated idea.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....  more »
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  • Keeping the largest collection of books in Hong Kong. Also a nice area for a quick rest amid the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • HK central library just awesome plus the mix noodle near the library is waaay yummy

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