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Terengganu Public Library

July 22, 2015

00c Terengganu Public Library

I discovered another open secret in Kuala Terengganu today. No, it’s not a keropok lekor shop – it’s a public library.

Officially opened in 2001, the building looks pretty impressive. Yet entering this five-storey building feels like entering a government office – set, orderly and boring. There’s a kid section on the ground floor, which I can already imagine Airis playing and singing merrily on top of the colourful books. On the first floor, there’s a Samsung Smart Library, which reflects the management’s initiative to transform the Terengganu folks into an ICT-proficient society. Collections of theses, galleries and multimedia rooms are located on the second floor; they are mostly occupied by what look like local students who are probably tired of shopping at MyDin or Giant located just a few meters away.

I found my favourite section on the third floor that safeguards many books and references. Interesting titles on languages and linguistics are lining up on dustfree shelves. The collection obviously needs some updating. Oh, did I mention that there’s also a Language Centre here? Yes, I’m pleased to see that some efforts have been undertaken to address the linguistic needs among the local community.

Well, notwithstanding the subdued environment, I love this library. It feels good to be able to see, touch and smell real books amidst the glory of digital world these days.

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