The total collection of the Judiciary Library is about
174,000 volumes basically of common law materials housed
mainly in the High Court Library, Court of Final Appeal
Library and District Court Library. Many smaller collections
are located in the chambers, magistracies and tribunals.
Approximately 56,000 volumes of books and serials are
located in the High Court Library and about 7,000 volumes in the
Court of Final Appeal Library and 9,200 volumes in the
District Court Library. Most of the materials in the
collection are in English. The entire English collection
is classified and shelved in accordance with the MOYS
There is a collection of about 2,400 volumes of Chinese
language materials. The Chinese materials are classified
and shelved according to the Chinese Library Classification,
4th Edition (中國圖書館分類法
Library Online Catalogue is available
for searching the library collection.
In addition, the High Court Library also has a sizeable
invaluable collection of some 56,000 unreported judgments
of Hong Kong, which were delivered since 1946-1948 and
1966 onwards. The Judgments Collection is arranged according
to the folio numbers being assigned. Please access the
Legal Reference System for retrieving the
folio number of a judgment. The folio number is displayed
in the footer toolbar of a full document. In addition
to the judgments of the Hong Kong courts, we have 182
copies of Privy Council Appeal Judgments dated before
1997. If you need to search the folio numbers of Privy
Council Appeal Judgments, please
click here (Adobe
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The Library has a number of
items which are accessible by library patrons.
Over two thirds of the book stock are in serials comprising
case law reports, statutes, legislation, other government
official documents and journals primarily of Hong Kong,
the People's Republic of China, U.K. and selectively
of Australia, Canada and other common law countries.
The collection is, however, growing and would include
new specialized case law reports and periodicals. There
are approximately 800 serial titles on subscription.
About half of these are loose-leaf items.
Rare Book Collection
The Judiciary Library rare book collection holds over six hundred volumes of early British and Hong Kong legal texts. The collection is housed in the environmentally-controlled Rare Book Room in the High Court Library. You may access further details about the collection via the links below.