Local Library Visits – Half-Day Walking Tours
Please note: 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.
Tour 4: Walking Tour 1
- Kuala Lumpur Library
Kuala Lumpur Library was formerly known as the Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library. It opened its doors to the public in June 2004. This library is managed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall and has quite a complete range of books for reference as well as borrowing. It has 9 branches around Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
Strategically located within the city centre, the library serves as an urban development model for a creative, entrepreneurial, vibrant, culturally rich and technologically oriented community. It is just next to Kuala Lumpur History Museum and a short walk away from the Merdeka Square and Royal Selangor Club. The library has an extensive music and art collection which covers writing music, performing arts, musical instruments among others.
Kuala Lumpur Library has a distinct children’s collection and organizes many programmes such as storytelling sessions, puppet shows, computer classes and many more to instill children’s interest in books and learning. Some of these activities will be showcased for the WLIC IFLA 2018 participants.
- Asia e-University
The AeU is a distance learning university. The Library known as AeU Knowledge Centre offers an excellent combination of traditional and electronic information resources. They are blended in a well-designed conducive ‘living library’ ambience with the interface for the e-library in a virtual environment for the e-learning community. Special focus is given to the development, access and delivery of the e-library or digital library as the students are scattered worldwide. The digital library is accessible to all AeU Library members, students, staff, researchers and scholars from any place worldwide and at all times.
Tour 5: Walking Tour 2
- Petronas Resource Centre
Petronas Petroleum Resource Centre, or in short PRC, is located at Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers. Understanding of the oil & gas industry is critical for Petronas staff to play their roles more effectively in their Units. A wide knowledge of the business will help staff support Petronas’ journey towards becoming a Global Champion. In tune with the times, PRC is a great repository of knowledge for the benefit of its users. It has now repositioned itself to play a more strategic role in Petronas’ information management strategy and as a hub for knowledge sharing.
PRC’s highly efficient use of space has expanded into segmented areas for learning activities, networking and interaction. This has made it possible for users to find a quiet area to read and study or a social space to talk, exchange ideas even eat or drink and for users to unwind from a stressful day at work.
Some of the features available in PRC worth mentioning are: the MIND Zone, the Music Tower, the IT Centre which provides cutting edge business research facilities equipped with video conferencing to allow for meetings or training to be conducted with remote sites. Various activity rooms are provided to allow more users interactivity, revolutionizing the way people learn, connect and collaborate. As a knowledge hub, the Information Gallery in PRC is developed as an information wall to display Petronas’ corporate journey which also captures the evolution of Malaysia’s oil and gas industry since 1909.
With the development in the provision of digital information, new modes of study and lifestyle and the changing information needs of its user groups – PRC has now become more appealing learning destination for Petronas’ staff. More users are now utilizing its facilities and services.
- 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.