The Library has been digitizing its rare books located in the Special Collections with the purpose to promote resource sharing via online access of its full-text. To give users a glimpse of the Chinese and East Asian cultures and histories in western eyes between 18th and early 20th century, this collection contains the rare books on China and East Asia which were mainly published in western countries between 1704 and 1922. Users can also browse different topics by its subcollection including Chinese Literature, Missionary, Religions in China, Social Life and Customs in China, Statistics of China Commerce, Travel in China, etc.
The collection covers a broad range of iconic buildings, religious architecture, district, and even festival events to preserve the memories of the city in the 90s. The collection photos were taken by the Pao Yue-kong Library between 1988 and 1998 in the format of slide film with much more vibrant colours. By digitising the slide photos, users can access them anywhere via Internet, zoom in to find the details in the photos, and to discover relevant background information for their study and research.
Cheng Kok-kong’s Lyric Manuscript Collection contains the images of original or duplicated handwritten lyric manuscripts written by Cheng Kok-kong between 1974 and 2016. Cheng Kok-kong, Hong Kong's celebrated lyricist, was Artist-in-Residence 2017/18 of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In an illustrious career that spans nearly 60 years, Mr Cheng has been writing more than 2,000 Cantopop songs. Many of his songs still enjoy immense popularity to this day, and some lines of his lyrics even become popular quotes.
The Cheng Kok-kong’s Oral History Interview project is an extension of the "Cheng Kok-kong’s Lyric Manuscript Collection" to recall the stories behind the lyric manuscripts. The project includes interview recordings with Mr. Cheng Kok-kong at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Library, and it aims at enriching the content of the Manuscript Collection. The interview recordings are divided in to six categories, including “Becoming a Lyricist”, “Creations and Inspirations”, “Characteristics of Lyrics”, “The Inspirational Lyricist”, “Songs for Children” and “Cheng Kok-kong’s Lyric Manuscript Collection”. The content of the recordings includes how Cheng had become a lyricist, background of some of his lyrics, lyric-writing culture of local pop music, and Cantopop history in Hong Kong.