Travel Guide & Maps: Singapore - Indonesia - Travel Tips - Top 30 in Asia
Christmas: Perfect Christmas Gifts, Inspirational Christmas Quotes & Best Stocking Stuffers 2017
Klang Valley Map Images Travel Guide Food Advisor SD Editorials Malaysia Jobs  
Search Travel Guide
& SD Editorials
  Travel Go  
Malaysia » Kuala Lumpur » Tourist Guide » Tourist Attractions
A Symbol of the Malaysian Identity
by: Janice Kou

The National Library (Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia) is in-built with diverse functions and services; supported by highly advanced facilities to put forward the best it can give to the public.

Officiated by former Deputy Prime Minister YAB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim on 16 th December 1994, the opening ceremony of the National Library of Malaysia marked a significant occasion. The National Library is housed under the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism today.

Occupying 2.2 hectares, the Library proudly reflects a Malaysian identity in terms of the building's design. The design was conceptualized using the idea of the traditional Malay headgear - the tengkolok, which symbolizes pride and respect of our nation’s culture. The tengkolok-shaped roofs cap an open-air amphitheatre space; symbolizing the unity of our country.

The National Library is responsible for providing to the public an accumulated knowledge at national level and no less for present and future generations to come. To continuously strengthen their collection, the National Library continuously acquires increasing numbers of publications. The current collections are divided into Malaysiana Collection, Rare Collection, Manuscripts, Serials, General Monograph Collection, Media Resources, Borrowing, United Nations Publications and the National Collection.

  • Above all, the National Library takes the most pride in its Malaysiana Collection. It is a compilation of library materials whose contents are largely related to Malaysia and its people. The literature heritages of Malaysia is carefully collected, preserved and stored to ensure the future generations’ accessibility to intellectual materials.

  • The Library also comprises of a rare collection and a separate assortment of Malay Manuscripts; totaling in 2,960 copies in original form and 2,402 titles in microforms. Old and valuable, these manuscripts are currently tucked away in the repository of the National Library.

  • With the continued arrival of publications, the Serials Collection tracks and provides foreign magazines, newspapers and journals for easy reading and research purposes.

  • The Library also comprises of a General Monograph Collection of local and foreign printed materials such as seminar proceedings, thesis and books covering a myriad of subjects.

  • The National Library uses Media Resources to keep up to date with constant advances in the electronic media. A wide range of tapes, compact discs (CDs), 16mm films, video tapes and slides can be utilized in facilities such as TV booths, viewing rooms, sound rooms and a public theatre.

  • Borrowing books and other materials are dependable on the Librarians’ discretion and as always, abiding by the National Library Act. In addition to most of the local materials at the National Library of Malaysia, it also holds United Nations Publications. Materials affiliated to the United Nations also include United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and et cetera.

  • The National Collection consists of both tangible and non-tangible materials received under the Deposit of Library Materials Act in 1986 that substituted the Preservation of Books Act 1966. Every publisher in Malaysia is rule-bound to deposit 5 copies of tangible materials and 2 copies of non-tangible materials to the National Library.

Its is highly recommended to all visitors to allocate the span of at least a few hours to tour the many sections and intellectual material the National Library has to offer. The Library is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 7pm and on Sundays from 10am to 6pm. It will be closed on Mondays and public holidays. For further enquiries you can also contact the Library at 03- 26871700.

Related SD Channels
Malaysia Images
Currency Converter
Malaysia Jobs
Tourist Attractions
Bank Negara Money Museum
Sri Perdana Gallery
The Islamic Arts Musuem
Museum Of Asian Art, a True Wander to Behold
One of the Most Established Museums in South East Asia
The Malaysia National History Musuem
A Symbol of the Malaysian Identity
Malaysia National Musuem
The National Science Centre, over 1,000 interactive exhibits!
A look at Malaysia’s Greatest Artise, P. Ramlee
Discover Petroleum Science in a Fun, Story telling way
Where advanced technology and traditional Islamic architecture meets!
Malaysian art and artifacts from the historic ages
Eye On Malaysia: A Unique Malaysian Experience
Sepang F1 International Circuit
A Bird’s Eye View @ Menara KL
Under The Sea In The City
Arrive and Depart in Style @ KLIA
Let The Music Feed Your Soul
The Petronas Twin Towers: Pride of the Nation
A Handful of Animals @ Zoo Negara

Back to Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide

Address : Perpustakaan Negara,
Jalan Tun Razak

About The Author

Janice Kou
Janice writes for Streetdirectory Malaysia. Robert J. Steiner manages & is an online gifts and flower site in Malaysia. Janice graduated with a major in Public Relations and is now an adventurous writer who enjoys the art of storytelling. Her imagination and creativity are at its trying best when in the midst of expression. She currently writes on tourist attractions and nightlife in Kuala Lumpur for  

For more information, pls visit KL Hotels, KL Shopping Centres, KL Hospitals, KL Banks and KL Embassies. Tourist Guide is filled with useful information for those planning to visit Kuala Lumpur. Looking for a hotel? Read the many hotel reviews written by our team of writers. Wondering where to shop? Find out more about Kuala Lumpur’s shopping scene by reading the articles in our shopping guide. In addition, there’s a list of tourist attractions to choose from as well as for those looking for some relaxation amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Before your visit, find out more about Kuala Lumpur by reading the fast facts. Let our Tourist Guide help you make your trip a memorable one.