The online Government Bookstore provides a one-stop service to people wishing to buy government publications on a wide range of subjects, including the Laws of Hong Kong, codes of practice, Government Gazette, statistical and other reports, countryside maps and curriculum guides. Most of the publications can be viewed online before you place your order.
How to Start
At the online Government Bookstore, you can browse through the list of publications available for sale under various categories. These publications include Top Sellers and New Releases. Details such as title, price, release date and weight will be displayed on the screen. You can also view the cover and extracts of most of the publications, or click the hyperlinks to view the full contents of some of the publications before placing an order.
Before you start the application, you should have the Hongkong Post Root CA Certificates installed into your browser. This online service website is certified by digital certificates issued by Hongkong Post. The certificates verify that you are in fact transacting with the relevant Government department. To prove that the digital certificates are authentic, you need to install the Hongkong Post Root CA Certificates into your browser. After that your browser will automatically verify the identity of this online service website; otherwise, your browser will ask you whether you trust the website.
- FAQs about GovHK online services including information security, digital certificates, payment and trouble shootinghttp://www.gov.hk/en/about/helpdesk/faq/infosec/index.shtml
- System Requirements for GovHK Online Serviceshttp://www.gov.hk/en/about/helpdesk/softwarerequirement/onlineservice.htm
If you wish to place your selections in the shopping cart, you should first register a user account and specify a password. After registration, you can place your order, check its status, and view your purchase details any time. Meanwhile, you will also receive newsletters on a regular basis.
The Government Bookstore accepts payment by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) and PPS. The postage is based on the total weight of the publications purchased and the packaging. Once payment is confirmed, users can print the acknowledgement receipt for record.
Publications will be mailed within 3 working days of receipt of the order. For local destinations, delivery of purchased items will usually take 3 to 6 working days. For destinations outside Hong Kong, delivery will take 1 to 2 weeks by airmail, and 6 to 8 weeks by surface mail.
For further information about the Government Bookstore, please call the ISD hotline on 2537 1910 or read the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- FAQs about online purchase of government publications at Government Bookstorehttp://www.bookstore.gov.hk/bookstore/viewSob1801.do?language=en
Apart from the Government Bookstore, you can also buy government publications through other channels.
- More on buying government publications through other channelshttp://www.isd.gov.hk/eng/bookorder.htm
Last review date: August 2011