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Electronic Services Online Catalogues
  1. Archives and Library Collection
  2. Archival Records
  3. Library Collection
  4. Archives for Still and Moving Images
  5. Carl Smith Collection


The Public Records (Access) Rules 1996 establishes that, with certain exceptions, the public granted access to archival records of government that are at least 30 years old. Archival records under 30 years require prior application in writing to the Director, GRS. This application will be passed on to the appropriate records creating agency for consideration with respect to access status of records under request.

The holdings of the Central Preservation Library may be referenced on-site only. Most of them, subject to their physical conditions, may be consulted without restrictions.


All rights of the materials published on this website are reserved.

Personal, non-commercial reference, private study, research or review of the holdings are permitted. Proper acknowledgement of the GRS is required.

Material from this website may not be used for any other purpose without written permission granted by the Government Records Service Director. A written credit of the GRS will be required. Changes may apply in accord with the intended use of Hong Kong's archival heritage.

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Under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, any personal data provided by users in the applications process will be used for the purposes of application only.

Users have the right to request access to, and the correction of, any personal data they have provided in accordance with Sections 18 and 22 and Principle 6 of Schedule 1 of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance.

Requests and inquiries may be directed to:

Public Records Office, Government Records Service,
1/F, Hong Kong Public Records Building, 13 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Tel: 2195 7700
Fax: 2804 6413