IF YOU are a sleepless bookworm, like to burn the midnight oil, or cram your head in the wee hours before heading to the exam hall in the morning, the Penang Digital Library may be just for you.
It will open 24/7 starting May 1, with round-the-clock security.
The library, which opened last October, is in a 4,000sq ft double-storey bungalow on the grounds of Penang Free School in Jalan Masjid Negeri.
It is currently open from 10am to 10pm.
People have been saying they cannot use the library because of time constraints, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
“So we realised it is best to keep it open permanently,” he said in a press conference at the library on Saturday.
Business and engineering students will be delighted with a collection of e-books they can borrow, which stand now at 91 titles on engineering and mathematics, and 77 titles on business and economics.
There are also 63 titles on self-improvement including evergreens like ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey and new-age type like ‘An Aspirin a Day’ by Keith Souter.
There are over 3,000 specially curated e-books, e-magazines and reference journals in this paperless library, which is touted as the first in the country.
“We will also discuss with the pastry cafe in the library to extend their operating hours as well,” Lim said.
The library has over 2,000 visitors a month and there are almost 2,000 members.
The library also features an amphitheatre, which is open for rental to groups for a nominal fee.
Membership for adults is RM60 and RM30 for students per year.
The Penang Digital Library is an initiative supported by the Penang government in collaboration with Keysight Technologies, Eastern & Oriental Group (E&O) and TIME dotCom.