Coffee included: Gerakbudaya bookshop launches workspace resource facilities


  • Arts
  • Thursday, 30 Jul 2020

Gerakbudaya will be launching public workspace, research and library facilities at its Petaling Jaya bookshop, starting Aug 3. Photo: Gerakbudaya

DO you have an academic or research project to complete? Or are you interested in learning more on a particular topic? Looking for a cosy and comfortable workspace with access to a variety of quality research materials?

From Aug 3, local publisher and bookstore Gerakbudaya will be opening up a shared library and workspace at its premises in Petaling Jaya.

For a small fee, students, researchers and members of the public will be able to access the wealth of information available at Gerakbudaya's premises, a converted 1960s bungalow.

“The Gerakbudaya office is home to an existing library with several thousand books, journals and pamphlets collected by Gerakbudaya founder Pak Chong (Chong Ton Sin) over the years, spanning all sorts of topics. The building had been envisioned as a research centre at first, so this is a modest attempt at doing so, ” says Gerakbudaya spokesperson William Tham.

“Opening the workspace was partly envisioned as a way to turn Gerakbudaya into more than a bookshop and occasional event space, by providing a space to work and conduct research. With that being said, it is fairly no-frills, ” he adds.

The Gerakbudaya Workspace and Library can be used for RM25 per day. Photocopying is available (10sen a page). The workspace also comes with Internet access, as well as free coffee and tea at a self-serving pantry.

Tham adds the workspace will feature all Gerakbudaya’s existing titles, as well as titles from publishers worldwide. The bookshop's inventory covers strong selections in history, politics, literary criticism, biography, religion, arts and foreign affairs. Gerakbudaya, which was established in 2000, is also home to the SIRD imprint (Strategic Information and Research Development Centre), which focuses on academic books.

On average, Gerakbudaya publishes over 40 titles a year across three languages - English, Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese. Some of its regional authors include Ahmat Adam, Shaharuddin Maaruf, Azhar Ibrahim, KJ Ratnam, Ooi Kee Beng, Jomo KS, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Syed Husin Ali, and Teo You Yenn.

“A lot of the books we have in the space are academic in nature and relatively hard to come by unless you specifically go out looking for them, so it's good to have everything in one place, ” says Tham.

Research consultations can also be arranged with Gerakbudaya’s staff.

The Gerakbudaya Workspace and Library is located at Gerakbudaya, 2 Jalan Bukit 11/2, Petaling Jaya in Selangor. Open: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. More info, call 03-7954 1355.

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