New state library opens tomorrow

The new Sarawak State Library, Sibu.

SIBU: Townsfolk, especially students and book lovers, are excited about the opening of the new state library tomorrow.

The state-of-the-art Sarawak State Library in Jalan Tun Tuanku Bujang here is located next to Sibu Indoor Stadium.

Form 5 student Elroy Tay is looking forward to the library’s opening.

“Hopefully, it will contain a large array of reading materials, be it for research or just for reading pleasure.

“I am sure the library will have a conducive reading environment with good ambience.

“Thus, it will be suitable for the young and old alike, ” he enthused.

Elroy’s brother and final-year Bachelor of Science student Clarence said it was about time the town had a new library besides the Sibu Municipal Council public library.

“From the photograph I have seen, the new library looks beautiful.

“I will definitely check that place out when it is open.

“Hopefully, it will attract a lot of people and encourage them to read more, ” he said.

State Library (Pustaka) officer (corporate management division) Afiza Ibrahim said the Sibu library was the fourth in the state after two in Kuching and one in Miri.

She said the library was a catalyst in helping the government reduce the digital divide between those rich in information and knowledge and the less fortunate.

“With the approval of the state government, Pustaka has been entrusted to build a state library in Sibu to serve the central region covering Sibu, Mukah, Kapit and Sarikei.

“This library is expected to function as a digital information service portal for the central region as well as the doorway to a treasure trove of knowledge and information.

“People in this region will thus have the opportunity to improve their abilities as well as find out about the latest developments in their respective fields through Pustaka Sibu, ” she said.

The library is equipped with the latest facilities, which are connected to hundreds of libraries around the world.

Afiza said if response to the library was good, it was likely that the government would not hesitate to upgrade existing facilities and equipment, or increase their number.

Various programmes will be held on opening day, among them are free membership registration and a day with customers.

“It is hoped that the people of Sibu will take this opportunity to visit Sarawak State Library in their town to enjoy the various facilities and reference materials made available to all, ” she added.

The key handover ceremony and accreditation of Sarawak State Library Services in Sibu will take place today in the presence of Sarawak State Library management board chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Haji Hamid Bugo.

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