Sibu digital library opens after 10 years


Hamid (left) checking on the new Sibu Library.

SIBU: The construction and opening of a digital library in Sibu has taken a decade to realise.

“I would like to apologise to the people of Sibu for making them wait so long for the library, ” Sarawak State Library Management Board Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hamid Bugo said when speaking at the opening of new Sibu Library.

Hamid said the project was proposed 10 years ago but due to problems in finding a suitable site, it was called off.

“Our idea for the library came out 10 years ago and the former building of Sibu Municipal Council was proposed.

“However, the land’s small size was not suitable for the library, ” he said.

After a site had been identified at Jalan Tun Tuanku Bujang and the design for the project was almost completed, it hit another snag when the University College of Technology Sarawak was proposed instead.

On the site for the library, though it sits on a swampy land, he said, it was chosen because of its land size.

Sibu Library, he said, was expected to function as a digital information services portal in the central region of the state which covers part of Sibu, Mukah, Kapit and Sarikei.

“Sibu Library is a portal or gateway to a treasure trove of universal knowledge and information.

“Locals can find out the latest developments in their respective fields through Pustaka Sibu, ” he said.

“It is hoped that the community in Sibu will benefit from their experience here and enjoy its services and facilities because all of this was done with careful planning and approach to ensure maximum service satisfaction delivery to the people.”

As a registered library member, they can borrow up to 10 books at any one time for two weeks and they are renewable online, by phone or at the service counters.

Members also have the privilege of using the printing services, have access to online databases and free WiFi service in the library, among others.

For details, call 084-315 200 or e-mail Afiza Ibrahim (afizai@sarawak.gov.my) or Sofea Sharif (sofeasha@sarawak.gov.my).

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