Local Library Visits – Half-Day Walking Tours

Please note: Onsite Registration – No charge to participants

These tours will be offered from 08:00 – 12:00 and from 13:00 – 17:00. Walking Tours will be a combination of short train journeys within Kuala Lumpur city plus about 0.5 km walk from the train stations to the respective libraries. Registration will be available at the Library Visit desk located in the registration area.

Walking Tour 1: Pustaka KL @ Setiawangsa and University Kuala Lumpur 

  • Pustaka KL @ Setiawangsa

KL Library @ Setiawangsa (Pustaka KL @ Setiawangsa) is one of 13 branch libraries under the Kuala Lumpur Library, City Hall. The library is located in a 6 storey building at Level 4-6, next to a busy shopping complex. Level 4 is for children’s section, level 5 for teenagers and adults and level 6 is for interactive convenience.

The Library provides a variety of free services to the public including programming and internet access. It has over 33,522 book collections for reading and borrowing, and an eBook collection to be accessed and borrowed.

They aim to extend their information and resources to the local people in supporting their lifelong learning activities. To achieve this goal, they trained their staff to be more confident and user-friendly in their interactions with library users to attract them towards joining library  programs and using library services rendered.

There are many facilities available in this library such as interactive programs, educational games and 3D movies.  Port learning for lower and secondary school children are also available.

There are also programs planned for Saturday and Sunday for the entire year. Examples of such activities are, drawing and coloring competitions, handicrafts, general knowledge quizzes and wealth wheels.

  • Tunku Azizah Knowledge Center, Universiti Kuala Lumpur 

University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), founded in 2002, is situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a university that focuses on higher technical and vocational training (HTVET).  UniKL’s 14 branch institutes offer various foundation, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. With the concept of ‘One Institute, One Specialisation’, UniKL contributes not only to tertiary education but also research and development for commercialisation purposes. Strategically located all over peninsular Malaysia, UniKL’s branch institutes offer various programmes in their niche areas of specialisation. At present, UniKL has a total of 23, 000 students.

The Knowledge Center, formerly known as UniKL Library and Resource Centre, has another 14 satellite campus libraries. The campus libraries are known as Learning Hubs. The Knowledge Center and Learning Hubs together accumulate a  total collection of 230,000 books. For a university that is focused on HTVET (Higher Technical and Vocational Education and Training), each campus library has its niche collection and resources related to its respective faculty subject disciplines, (engineering based) ranging from marine technology, aviation, automotive engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, chemical engineering as well as business and medical sciences.  

The IFLA WLIC 2018 participants who opted for UniKL for their library visit will be brought to the main library,  the Tunku Azizah Knowledge Center at City Campus. The library  serves the students and staff of Malaysian Institute of Information Technology (MIIT). The library also acts as the central point of resource acquisition and development  activities for the university. It occupies 3 levels of the main university building with a seating capacity of 250 and  houses 25,000 volumes of printed books.

Walking Tour 2: Serambi Ilmu Rakyat (SIR)

Serambi Ilmu Rakyat (SIR) is located at the Seventh Floor of Tower 1 Menara Kembar Bank Rakyat. Established in 2015, it occupies an area of 13,789 sq ft and has a seating capacity of 500. The concept is based on 80% digital and 20% printed resources. The current collection is estimated at 12,000 printed books and more than 100,000 e-books. It is Bank Rakyat’s social responsibility to improve the socio-economic status of the people of Malaysia through the generation of knowledge. The establishment of the SIR library is intended to increase knowledge among citizens of Malaysia, especially members of the bank, its employees and Yayasan Bank Rakyat sponsored students.

SIR library is created to be a space for lifelong learning and become a one stop centre to rest and learn. SIR library provides the best place for use by all levels of society from children and teenagers to students in institutions of higher learning, workers and seniors. SIR library provides user-friendly library services in a strategic location with public utilities. With its variety of collections, SIR library helps users find solutions in knowledge search.


Walk-In Library Visit: The National Library of Malaysia

Please note: Onsite Registration – No charge to participants

Participants are also free to organize their own walk-in library visits throughout the IFLA WLIC 2018. They will need to register at the Library Visit desk (located in the registration area) for a guided tour which will be on an hourly basis 09:00 – 17:00.

The National Library of Malaysia was established in 1966 and began its operations at its new building in 2000. Architectural design of the building is in the shape of a tengkolok (the traditional Malay head gear), the identity and cultural heritage of the Malays symbolizing the nation’s aspiration to project high-level intellectual prowess as well as the intrinsic values of Malaysian society to the world.

The pride of the National Library’s collection is the Malaysiana Collection and the National Centre for Malay Manuscripts which has the largest collection of Malay Manuscripts in the world.

With the emergence of new media and technology, NLM takes the benefit of the National Broadband Initiative to effectively disseminate information, develop local digital content, and to use the new media and other social media or online service to ensure information and library services can be accessed and downloaded anywhere via their portal. Another initiative that has been undertaken is unveiling Malaysia’s first Samsung SMART Library. The Samsung SMART Library is poised to provide a new and interactive reading experience for Malaysians, especially children and youth, within an enhanced technology-enabled library environment.