THE Smart Selangor Mobile Libraries will be visiting low-cost flats (PPR) in Petaling Jaya, Ampang Jaya and Selayang starting next week.
Under the Selangor Best programme, four redesigned vans provided by the state government will cover 35 locations in the three areas on a rotational basis.
Representatives of joint management bodies (JMB) and management corporations (MC) for the low-cost flats were invited to the Raja Tun Uda Library in Shah Alam on Saturday to attend a briefing on the programme’s implementation and witness the signing ceremony for the handover of the Selangor Best mobile libraries.
The signing ceremony took place between the Selangor Housing and Real Estate Board (LPHS) and Selangor Public Library Corporation (PPAS), and was witnessed by Housing, Building Management and Urban Living Committee chairman Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad.
Iskandar said the mobile libraries would cater mostly for youths, as previous projects found that it was more effective to reach out to youths than adults.
“We want to focus on youths and we hope that the positive effects will spill over to adults. We want the youths to be our catalyst; our agents of change,” said Iskandar.
He added that RM1.4mil was allocated by the state government for the setting up of the four mobile libraries, and the running cost for the project is about RM350,000 per year.
Each mobile library will carry about 1,400 titles covering a wide variety of topics and in various languages. Each visitor can borrow up to 10 items at any one time.
The mobile libraries are air-conditioned and equipped with computers with Internet access. It also has tables, chairs and bean bags set up at the assigned locations for a couple of hours to provide visitors with a range of activities.
Selangor Public Library Corporation director Mastura Muhamad said the four mobile libraries would head to low-cost flats.
She said the facility was expected to serve 1.1 million people in those neighbourhoods.
“I hope people will use the mobile libraries because in the UK, it helped reduce crime by introducing lots of programmes for youths,” said Mastura.
She added that besides the four mobile libraries, the state government was planning to add another three in the future, to serve other areas in Selangor.