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The 5th I·CARE Book Festival: Call for Donation of Second-hand Books

The I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development will stage the 5th I·CARE Book Festival in October and November of this year. We are now cordially inviting staff, students, alumni and friends of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to donate obsolete books at home so as to let them be revitalised from the lonely bookshelves for passing down to the next generation of CUHK people.

In 2012, the I·CARE Programme organised the first-ever I·CARE Book Festival with staunch support of alumni and teachers like Kin-sheun Louie, Lo Wai-luen, Leo Ou-fan Lee, To-kwan Lam, Felix Chao, Chan Joseph Man, Cheung Chan-fai and Jasminia Kristine Cheung. We collected over 10,000 books for students’ viewing, and each student was allowed to pick a maximum of five books for free.

In 2013, 2016 and 2019, the I·CARE Book Festival was re-run respectively with more support from alumni and teachers. We received even more than 30,000 books in the most recent Book Festival for students to pick up. Thousands of students benefited from the enthusiasts’ donations. While the response was proven overwhelming, the book festivals had achieved their goals - to keep the books move, to facilitate knowledge transfer, to foster reading culture and to connect different CUHK people through sharing of books.

Types of Collected Books:

Books of any subjects are accepted, except textbooks, exercise books, expired magazines, broken and mouldy items.

Book Collection Procedure:

Books to be donated should go through basic cleaning in advance. The arrangements of collection will then be made according to the total number of donated books as follows:

1 - 200 nos.

Drop the book(s) directly at the I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development or the I·CARE Book Festival’s collection boxes located at the University / College Library* during 15 August - 2 September 2022. Neither registration nor reservation is required.

(Second-hand books collection shall be ended on 2 September. Thank you for your support.)

Opening hours of the collection points are as follows:

I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development (Room 501, Wong Foo Yuan Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.)


Opening Hours

(15 August - 2 September 2022)

Monday to Thursday

8:45am - 1:00 pm; 2:00 - 5:30 pm


​8:45am - 1:00 pm; 2:00 - 5:45 pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays


The I·CARE Book Festival’s book collection box is available at the following libraries*:


Opening Hours

(15 August - 2 September 2022)

Monday to Sunday and Public Holiday: 24 hours

From now until 26 August: Closed

No collection box on 27 & 28 August

29 August - 2 September:

Monday to Friday: 8:20 am - 10:00 pm

Saturday: 8:20 am - 7:00 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

15 - 21 August:

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

22 August - 2 September:

Monday to Friday: 8:20 am - 10:00 pm

Saturday: 8:20 am - 7:00 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

* Open only to holders of CU Link or CUHK Library Card

200 nos. and above

(The quota for on-site book collection is full. Thank you for your support.)

Please fill in the online form via here (The 5th I·CARE Book Festival Second-hand Books Donation Form) to indicate the number of donated books and the address** for collection. This Centre will contact the donor three to five days prior to the collection date, which is selected in accordance with the pick-up area (vide the table underneath), to confirm the exact arrangements.




CUHK Campus

18 August &

30 August 2022

Central and Western District,

Wan Chai District, Eastern District and Southern District

14 August &

3 September 2022

Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon City District, Wong Tai Sin District,

Kwun Tong District and Sai Kung District

27 August &

4 September 2022

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Shatin District, Taipo District

and North District

21 August &

3 September 2022

Tsuen Wan District, Kwai Tsing District, Sham Shiu Po District, Yuen Long District and Tuen Mun District

20 August &

28 August 2022

** On-site collection service is not available for the Islands District, Frontier Closed Area, non-permanent address, and areas not accessible by vehicles.


  1. If the premises of collection is serving as a place of home quarantine / home isolation or the building block is under the government’s “restriction-testing declaration” order on the day of book collection, the collection service will be cancelled.

  2. This Centre may not be able to arrange on-site collection services for some of the applicants if the number of enrolment exceeds the quota. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


The name of donors who give 200 or more books will be displayed on the I·CARE Book Festival’s webpage as a token of gratitude.



I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development

Tel: 3943 4702


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