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HKPL's Multimedia Information Systems Extends to 13 Public Libraries


The Multimedia Information System (MMIS) developed by the Hong Kong Central Library has completed its first phase of extension, bringing the service direct to 13 major and district public libraries across the territory, announced the spokesman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department today (April 19).

The MMIS has recorded an impressive hit rate of 1.25 million since it came into services.

The MMIS service is now available at the Hong Kong Central Library, Lockhart Road Public Library, Chai Wan Public Library, Aberdeen Public Library, Kowloon Public Library, Lai Chi Kok Public Library, Shui Wo Street Public Library, Sha Tin Public Library, Tsuen Wan Public Library, Tuen Mun Public Library, Tsing Yi Public Library, Tseung Kwan O Public Library and the Fanling Public Library.

"To further extend the service to all major and district libraries, the HKPL will strive to complete its second phase of extension to a total of 26 public libraries within this year. It will also continue to enhance the system's database to better cater for the public's need for more updated information and their pursuit of lifelong learning," the spokesman added.

With its strong archival feature, the system has recently been included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Archives Portal (, an international portal which links up a number of important websites from different countries to create one single effective interactive point for archivists and researchers to study history and culture of different nations around the world.

The MMIS provides users with an instant access to more than 1.8 million pages of digital images and documents, including the back issues of Hong Kong newspapers, house programmes, posters, maps, photos, news clippings, books and manuscripts, and about 90,000 items of audio-visual/CD-ROM materials.

User can also make use of the system to link up with over 50 online reference resources for search of information in many different subject areas. With a valid library card, user can reserve through the Internet the workstations in the library, audio, video, CD-ROM database and children's CD-ROMs in the MMIS. Some of these digitized items are also available for browsing through the Internet anytime, anywhere.

In recognition of the MMIS's excellent performance in application and innovation, and its high expandability, the Hong Kong Computer Society has honored the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) with a silver award in the Application Category of its "IT Excellence Awards 2001". It has also won a prestigious award in the E-Government and Services Category of the Asia Pacific Information and Communication Technology Awards 2002 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The MMIS is available daily online from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, except on Wednesdays from 1.00 pm to 9:00 pm. For more information about the system, visit the library website at or find out more from the above public libraries.

For enquires, please call 3150 1234.

End/Saturday, April 19, 2003

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