WITH malls being a preferred destination for families, the Selangor Public Library Corporation (PPAS) has opened its first outlet at Jaya One, Petaling Jaya.
The 5,000sq ft facility was opened by Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran who also sits on PPAS board of directors.
Rajiv said there should be more public libraries in shopping malls as well as MRT stations to make them easily accessible.
He added it would be cheaper too as the government would not have to buy land to construct a purpose-built building.
He also encourages the public to donate reading materials to PPAS.
“If you have books that you do not want anymore, please give them to the Raja Tun Uda Library in Shah Alam to be distributed to public libraries,” he said during the soft launch.
Since it was opened on Oct 7, the public library has received over 5,000 visitors.
Among the facilities offered are free WiFi, seminar and reading areas, computers as well as printing service.
More than 5,000 books can be borrowed by registered members. Registration to become a member is free.
Jaya One Sdn Bhd marketing and communication department head Ellis Teh said parents welcomed the convenience of having a library in the mall.
“Children are able to spend their time beneficially in a safe and conducive environment while their parents run errands.”
The library is located at 100–P2.003, The School, Block J, Jaya One, No 72A, Jalan Universiti, Section 13, Petaling Jaya.
It is open daily from 10am to 7pm except public holidays.