There are so many good reasons to introduce kids to a public library. If you’re looking to start your kids’ reading journey while also teaching them important values and skills, head to one of Hong Kong’s public libraries.
Most of us believe our kids have it much easier than we ever did. After all, they have everything they could possibly need (and more!) available to them – clothes spilling out of cupboards, toys in every nook and corner of the house and shelves filled with books. Visiting a public library is a great way to make children more grateful and help them realise that they don’t need to buy everything they fancy and that they can and should share resources. Need any more convincing? Scroll below to learn more about the benefits of introducing the kids to a public library. And if you’re ready to explore, grab your kiddo and head to your nearest Hong Kong public library from our favourites listed below!
Best Public Libraries On Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Central Library
We love this library and for good reason! It’s always a must-visit on every Hong Kong bucket list. Other than the impressive collection of books, multimedia resources and newspapers, this has a toy library as well, for those looking for a play area for little ones.
Hong Kong City Hall Library
Established in 1962, the Hong Kong City Hall Library has a history behind it. Though often associated with official registrations, the City Hall Public Library is surprisingly warm and cosy, especially its children’s reading corner.
Aberdeen Public Library
With a children’s library service and multimedia room, this is a good one to visit with the kids. It also regularly hosts children’s events such as book displays, storytelling and reading services.
More Public Libraries On Hong Kong Island
- Shek Tong Tsui Public Library – Offers children’s library service, multimedia room and student’ study room. www.hkpl.gov.hk
- Stanley Public Library – Large selection of children’s books and children’s internet service at this public library. www.hkpl.gov.hk
Best Public Libraries In Kowloon
Kowloon Public Library
With so many schools around, Kowloon Public Library is a popular stop for students, teachers and parents living and working in Kowloon. If you haven’t visited yet, it’s another one to strike off your bucket list in Hong Kong.
Ma On Shan Public Library
Situated next to Ma On Shan Park, the Ma On Shan Public Library is characterised by its cylindrical shape and a huge selection of children’s books. There’s also a sports centre nearby if you’re looking for more activities in the area!
More Public Libraries In Kowloon
- Fa Yuen Street Public Library – Public Library located on sneaker street in Kowloon. www.hkpl.gov.hk
- Shek Kip Mei Public Library – Children’s books, multimedia corner and reading area. www.hkpl.gov.hk
Best Public Libraries In The New Territories
Tuen Mun Public Library
This red building stands out in Tuen Mun and it’s a great place for parents and kids to visit over the weekend. It has a nice coffee area, a newspaper room and even a charming open space outdoors.
North Lamma Public Library
The North Lamma Public Library is located in Yung Shue Wan and is designed to make you feel as though you’re reading a book by the ocean! The ground floor of the library is a heritage showroom showcasing antiquities and videos about the history and culture of Lamma Island.
Tung Chung Public Library
With an area of almost 3000 square meters, Tung Chung Public Library has an animal-themed children’s section on the ground floor with a wide variety of kid-friendly books.
More Public Libraries In The New Territories
- Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library – Charming outdoor reading areas at this New Territories public library. www.hkpl.gov.hk
- Tiu Keng Leng Public Library – Nature-themed children’s library. www.hkpl.gov.hk
Editor’s Note: Public Library Services In Hong Kong: Taking Your Kids To The Library was most recently updated in February 2023 by Najuka Redkar.