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February
Hong Kong Central Library records 10-millionth reader

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The Hong Kong Central Library has just recently recorded its 10-millionth reader since its opening on May 17 2001. The lucky reader is a sixteen-year-old student Tsang Tsz-kiu who was congratulated and presented a certificate and a gift by Miss Choi Suk-kuen JP, the Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services.

A frequent visitor to the Library, Tsz-kiu was thrilled to have learned that he was the 10-millionth reader of the Library. He usually visits the Library at noon time to check out some Chinese detective and marshal art novels, which he said would inspire his writing. He would also visit the Young Adult Lending and Reference Library for his school projects.

Excited by the overwhelming response from the public, Miss Alima Tuet, Chief Librarian, Hong Kong Central Library and Hong Kong said, It is a public recognition of our effort to promote the Library as a cultural and information centre of Hong Kong. Our mission is to provide information, support lifelong learning and enrich the cultural life of the community. In realizing this mission, we have been actively organizing a number of well-received literary and cultural activities, such as subject talks, public forums and exhibitions for the public.

Since its opening, the Library has recorded an average daily patronage of over 16,000. The Librarys most popular facilities, such as the Multimedia Information System (MMIS), Language Learning Centre, Computer and Information Centre, Toy Library and the Childrens Multimedia Room are fully utilized all the year round despite our acceptance of telephone and Internet bookings seven days in advance. The MMIS and Toy Library have noted a total usage of 1.15 million and 207,447.

In preserving and promoting Chinese culture, the Library has pioneered a number of initiatives, including the Documents Collection Campaign, the Lectures on Humanities, Science and Technology by Contemporary Eminent Scholars and Seminars on Hong Kong History.

The Library has also served as a window to the world culture. During the past two years, it has organized the exhibitions and seminars on great French writer Victor Hugo and the German Nobel Prize winner for Literature Heinrich Boll. In January, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Cologne Public Library to establish formal cultural exchange to further develop the Library as an international cultural and information centre.

The MMIS developed by the Hong Kong Central Library has won a silver award in the Application category of the Hong Kong Computer Societys IT Excellence Awards 2001 and an award in the E-Government and Service category of Malaysias Asia-Pacific Information and Communication Technology Awards 2002.

Looking ahead, the Library will continue to enhance its services, enrich its stock and strengthen its cooperation with more mainland and overseas libraries and cultural institutions to better serve the readers.

End/Thursday, February 20, 2003

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