Non-Local Library Visits


Two tours will be offered from 07:00 – 18:00. There are three non-local library visits for which participants will be charged a minimal fee. These are full-day visits travelling approximately 300km one way by coach. Lunch will be provided.


Tour 1: Perak Libraries (Academic, Community and Public libraries)

Transportation Cost: 15 EUR

This is a north-bound trip by coach to the state of Perak. The tour will start at 07:00 from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the conference venue. Participants will be taken to four libraries comprising two university libraries, a community library and a public library.

After approximately two hours on the journey, the first stop will be at the Petronas University of Technology (UTP) in Tronoh Perak. The library is within the academic complex which is an iconic building designed by one of the leading architects, Foster and Partners. In 2007, the design received an Aga Khan Award for Architecture. UTP Information Resource Centre (IRC) was established in July 1997. The collection comprises a wide variety of printed and non-printed materials with intent focused on the field of engineering and technology. The library is equipped with 1,275 seating capacity and more than 500,000 printed books.

The next stop will be a community library, The Desa Sauk 2 Community Library. A fairly small library with the nearest town around twenty kilometres away, participants will be able to see how library services are provided for the local folks and school children. The conducive library environment is a popular venue for school children in the neighbourhood. Some library and information-related activities are in store for the visit of IFLA WLIC 2018 participants.

The Perak State Library in Ipoh Perak, which will be the next stop, was established in 1980 and is managed by the Perak State Government. It provides public library services, promotes and develops the reading habit among locals especially those living in rural areas, cities and small towns. It has 14 branch libraries, 57 rural libraries, 5 mobile bus services and 7 1Malaysia Community Library. The library has very strong collections on Perak State. The Perak Treasury Collection provides all materials in various fields related to the state of Perak, written by Perak’s authors, or published in Perak. These include newspapers, reports, monographs, yearly reports, maps, and others.

The final stop of this Perak Libraries tour is the Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI) located in Tanjung Malim Perak. UPSI was established in 1957 as a teacher training institute. Since 1998 the university had spent RM20 million to upgrade and update its collection of library materials. This does not include furniture, library security system and other related equipment. The modern and contemporary building houses more than three million items in its collection both in printed and electronic resources. The library focuses on education and early childhood education as niche areas in its collection development. The library has developed and implemented in-house systems which has enhanced and benefitted services not only within the library, but other academic and public libraries in Malaysia.

Participants are expected to reach Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre at about 18:00.


Tour 2: Melaka Libraries (School, Faculty of Library Science, Academic and State Libraries)

Transportation Cost: 15 EUR

This is a south-bound trip by coach to the state of Melaka and Negeri Sembilan. The tour will start at 07:00 from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the conference venue. Participants will be taken to four libraries comprising of a school library, Faculty of Information Management Experimental library, an academic library and a public library.

The first stop of this non-local library visit will be at the the Tunku Khursiah College (TKC) in Seremban Negeri Sembilan. Tunku Kurshiah College (TKC), is the first fully residential girls’ school in Malaysia established in 1947. The school moved to its new premise in Bandar Enstek, Nilai in January 2013. The new school library is highly recommended by the Malaysian Ministry of Education for a visit. The library won The Best School Library Award (Secondary School) at state level for several years. To create reading habits among the students, the library created a reading corner in every classroom.

From TKC the tour will proceed to Rembau Negeri Sembilan to visit the Faculty of Information Management of the MARA University of Technology. This new campus is solely dedicated to the Information Management programmes of the university and the library is the teaching library for the faculty. As an experimental library, this is the first exposure for the librarians-to-be to practice what they have studied in the classrooms.

From Rembau Negeri Sembilan participants will proceed to Melaka to visit the Malaysia Technical University Library. The Library provides a seating capacity of 500 users. Currently it has a total collection of nearly 150,000 printed titles including 32 database titles. The collection focuses mainly on engineering subjects related to the areas of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Information & Communication Technology Engineering. In addition, there are also collections of other scientific fields such as physics, chemistry and mathematics. The library is actively involved in CSR activities. It has “adopted” almost ten school libraries, from setting up the libraries and providing on-going guidance and advice on how to run the libraries.

The final destination of this tour will be the Melaka State Library which was established in 1981. The library has a history back to 1881 when it was first located at the Stadthuys Building. It has been relocated to several other sites since then and finally moved to its current location at Bukit Baru in 1996. This is basically a public library which aims to serve the general users of the community, students, and children. The library has 5 branch libraries, 27 rural libraries, 2 mobile bus services and 3 1Malaysia Community Library. The library also offers a dedicated reference section with an extensive collection for secondary school students who are preparing for their examinations.

Participants are expected to reach Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre at about 18:00.


Tour 3: Pahang Libraries (Medical, Academic, Public and Community libraries)

Transportation Cost: 15 EUR

This is the east-bound non-local library tour to the state of Pahang, at the eastern side of the Malay Peninsula. The tour will start at 07:00 from Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the conference venue. Participants will be taken to four libraries comprising a medical library, an academic library, a public library and a community library.

The first stop of this tour will be the Medical Library of the Islamic International University of Malaysia (IIUM) in Kuantan, Pahang. It is located about 250km away from the main campus. The Library was set up to support the curriculum and research needs of the Medical and Health Sciences faculties. Some of the faculties served by this library are the Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing faculties. Information literacy programmes are delivered throughout their medical education. Being the only medical library in the state, the library opens its door to the local community to serve their interests in information needs.

From IIUM Medical Library the tour will proceed to Pekan, the royal town of Pahang to visit the new campus of Pahang University of Malaysia. Established in 2002, it was re-branded as Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) in 2007. The library is now at the main campus with an area of 16,000 square meters. The new building is able to accommodate 3,000 users at one time. Currently the library has a collection of nearly 100,000 copies of printed books, 2.9 million e-book titles and 19 subscribed databases. The core collections cover the field of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, manufacturing, science, systems and software.

The next stop will be the State Library of Pahang (PPAP) which was established in 1973 but started its operation in 1976. The new building of 12,000 sq meters is located at the main entrance of Kuantan, the capital city of Pahang.

The final stop for this non-local library visit will be the PPAP@UTC Kuantan. The Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) is a public amenities center located at some state capitals and urban areas in Malaysia. UTC is one of the efforts and initiatives of the Malaysian government to provide urban communities a centralised location for core government agencies, public amenities and services of private sectors. UTC comprises ten clusters of facilities and services including library services. UTC is frequently visited by the public and providing a library service in such a place is an instant hit among the public at large. At the PPAP@UTC, the concept introduced allows all users young and adult to share the common space.

Participants are expected to reach Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre at about 18:00.