SIBU, Sept 12: Excitement is in the air among the public on the opening of the new State Library on the eve of the Malaysia Day celebration.
This state-of-art library at Jalan Tun Tuanku Bujang is located next to Sibu Indoor Stadium.
A diploma student, Duncan Tay, 18, is looking forward to the opening of the new library.
“The new library is finally about to open! I have been waiting for a long time to visit it. I’m so excited to see the interior of it,” he said.
From pictures of the new library, Tay commented that the exterior looked gorgeous.
“It is a huge upgrade compared to the old public library,’ he noted.
According to an officer from the Corporate Management Division of the State Library, Afiza Ibrahim, this Sibu State Library is the fourth in the state, with two in Kuching and one in Miri.
Afiza said the library is a catalyst in helping the governments reduce the digital divide and differences between those rich in information and knowledge and the less fortunate good.
“With the approval of the State government, Pustaka has been entrusted to build Sarawak State Library, Sibu as a portal for the central region covering Sibu, Mukah, Kapit and Sarikei.
“This library is expected to be able to function as a portal digital information service of the central region as well as the door to the treasures of universal knowledge and information, the locals will thus have the opportunity to improve their abilities as well as find out the latest developments in their respective fields through Pustaka Sibu,” she said.
Sibu Library is equipped with the latest facilities that have been connected with hundreds of libraries around the world and is capable of serving as information stores and knowledge for the people in the region.
Afiza said that if responses to the library is good, it would be likely that the government would not hesitate to upgrade existing facilities and equipment, or increase their number.
She said the public can start patronising the library when it opens its doors starting September 15.
Various programmes will be held on that day, among them being free Membership Registration and a Day With Customers.
“Therefore, it is hoped that the people of Sibu City will take this opportunity to visit the Sarawak State Library, Sibu to enjoy the various facilities and reference materials that have been available to all,” she added
For enquiries, Afiza Ibrahim can be contacted at 019-880 6966.
Meanwhile the Key Handover Ceremony and Accreditation of Sarawak State Library Services, Sibu will be performed by Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr.) Hamid Bugo, Chairman, Sarawak State Library Management Board on September 14. — DayakDaily