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About Us

Public Records Office (PRO)

The Public Records Office (PRO) of Hong Kong was established in 1972 as the designated government archives. We are committed to appraising and acquining records and material of enduring value and making them available for public access.

Complementing the archival holdings is the Central Preservation Library for Government Publications (CPL) which contains selecte government publications, reports and printed material on Hong Kong as part of our work to preserve local documentary heritage.

We are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

For enquiry, please call us at 2195-7700.

How to find us

Recording Hong Kong Learning and Teaching
Exhibitions Catalogues
History in Pictures Group Visits
Image of the Month

Functions and Services

Appraisal and Description:

We examine government records and material with due care to ensure that those with historical value will be transferred and preserved in our special repositories.

General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)) issued by the International Council on Archives is adopted for preparing descriptions, inventories and finding aids. This allows users to trace the needed information easily via our automated Integrated Information Access System.

Appraisal room


Reference Services:

The holdings of PRO are preserved not only for the use by scholars and researchers but also for the general public. We welcome visitors to our Search Rooms to consult our records and other material. Access to archival records is subject to the Public Records (Access) Rules (PDF Format) and Search Room Rules (PDF Format).

Users may apply for a User's Ticket on-site. Charged copying and certification services and charged digital copying service (PDF Format) are available.

"The Guidelines on Reference and Public Services" provides an overview for users of the Reference and Public Services provided by PRO to facilitate them to get the information they need in an effective manner.

Reference Services


Public Programs:

To promote understanding and use of local documentary heritage, we organize regularly exhibitions, seminars, workshops, group visits and other educational activities. Many of these activities are free of charge and are announced in What's New on this Website.

Public Programs