SARAWAKIANS will soon be able to borrow books via the Internet from seven major libraries in the country for home delivery by Pos Malaysia.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said the service would be provided under the pilot Ubiquitous Library or U-Library project to be launched within two months.
He said the Sarawak State Library was working with six other libraries to implement the project.
The six are the National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Library, Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara Library and the state libraries of Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Pahang.
“ICT (information communication technology) with Internet connections is now available at 195 libraries or 75% of the total number of public libraries statewide,” Dr Chan told the State Assembly in Kuching yesterday.
He said the state’s libraries had more than 608,000 registered members who performed 2.73 million borrowing transactions last year.
There were two multimedia mobile libraries or e-Pustaka funded by the Federal Government via the National Library of Malaysia and seven mobile libraries in the state.
Dr Chan said the State Library had developed the Sarawak Union Catalogue consisting of bibliographic records for 21 major public libraries in the state.
“The 1.75 million bibliographic records in the database allows users to search and locate the information sources that they need.”
As a repository, the State Library received more than 5,100 local titles and 85,000 copies of local newspapers, he said.
Its archive division has received more than 32,600 files from various government departments.