Buying Government Publications at Online Government Bookstore

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.

Browse Government Bookstore for Government publications available for sale

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.

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User Registration

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.

You can also enjoy the Government Bookstore e-services by just logging into MyGovHK. After login, select "Access Online Government Bookstore" under the List of Online Services, and follow the steps to link up your Online Government Bookstore and MyGovHK accounts. You can then access government publications and place orders directly.

Access or register with MyGovHK


The Government Bookstore accepts payment by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB or UnionPay) 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.

Processing Time

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.

If your purchase order includes items printed under the "Print-on-Demand" mechanism, all publications in the same order will be mailed within 10 working days of receipt of the order. Delivery will take 2-3 weeks for local destinations, 3-4 weeks by airmail and 8-10 weeks by surface mail for other destinations.

Further Information

For further information about the Government Bookstore, please call the ISD hotline on 2537 1910 or read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in the Online Government Bookstore webpage.

Apart from the Government Bookstore, you can also buy government publications through other channels.

More on buying government publications through other channels

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