Hong Kong Literature Database is the first database on Hong Kong literature. It has been in use for more than two decades since its launched on 15 June 2000.  As at October 2023, the database consists of nearly 664,000 records, including more that 200 Hong Kong journals and literary supplement of 20 Hong Kong early newspapers. In addition, it includes the Hong Kong Literature Archives donated by Prof. Lo Wai-luen (aka Xiao Si).  The database aims to support the teaching and research of Hong Kong literature and promoting its development.

The Database is powered by various searching functions. Full-text is available in a major part of the database. It is also a web portal for information on Hong Kong literature, providing literary activities, topics in literature, biographies of writers, etc.  

We welcome writers, Hong Kong literature researchers and lovers to give us any information on Hong Kong literature. Donations are also welcome.

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This database is so successfully developed to facilitate individual and academic research due to the precious and enthusiastic contributions from various interested parties and organizations. The Library wants to express its special thanks to Professor Lo Wai-luen, who generously donated her collections of newspaper clippings and indexes, and various newspaper publishers, who granted us the rights to digitize their literary columns.


CUHK Library has been authorized to digitize some old newspapers and journals for the Hong Kong Literature Database for research and study purposes. The Copyright Ordinance of Hong Kong shall be observed and massive downloading in any kind is strictly prohibited. Users may use the Hong Kong Literature Database on the following conditions:

1.In compliance with the permissible limits of the Copyright Ordinance of Hong Kong (Laws of Hong Kong, Chapter 528), users may display, download or print limited copies of citations, abstracts, full-text or portions from the database solely for the purposes of research or private study.

2.Under no circumstances should any of the content in the database be redistributed to another person or be used, duplicated or altered for commercial purpose.

3.The entire content of the database is protected by copyright of the providers or the publishers. Users should not remove, cancel or alter any copyright or other proprietary notices contained in the Content.

4.Users are reminded that they will be held fully responsible for any legal consequences arising from copyright infringement.

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