THE construction of the Penang Digital Library Phase 2 (PDL-P2), which is themed ‘Library in the Park’ is expected to be completed with the library fully operational at the end of December in 2018.
The PDL-P2 is a continuation of the Penang Digital Library (PDL) which opened last October.
The library is in a 4,000sq ft double-storey bungalow on the grounds of Penang Free School in Jalan Masjid Negeri.
The new PDL-P2 is set to be located next to the existing PDL, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said the state government would allocate RM10.8mil for the construction of the PDL-P2 in the state government quarters building at No. 123, Jalan Masjid Negeri.
“The 4,000sq ft building will be restored and maintained as a heritage building.
“An additional 10,000sq ft structure will be created along with a cafe/restaurant with an area of 2,000sq ft.
“The total area of 16,000sq ft can accommodate up to 540 users at any time, which is four times the capacity of PDL now,” he announced at a press conference yesterday.
Lim said a project committee consisting of the Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) as the project owner, Keysight Technologies as the technology partner and expertise in the system, and BETA Arkitek as the project manager, had been formed to make the project a success.
“The construction period is expected to take 10 months and the library will be fully operational by the end of December 2018,” he said.