Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor

>> Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Did this bus play a role in your childhood?

It did for me! I remember being excited about the dates the bus would visit my school, and I'd spent the entire recess choosing the books to be borrowed.

For awhile, I've thought about how I've been underutilising the library facilities near my place. The nearest public library to us is in Bandar Baru Bangi, under Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor (PPAS). So last Saturday, MH and I brought the kids there, motivated by the banner advertising a 'Pameran dan Jualan Buku'. The kids had a hard time pronouncing the word 'perpustakaan' though. Pustaan, puskaan - attempts by my two-and-a-half year old daughter. My four-year-old son fared better - he managed 'pustakaan'. They were so excited to go this place which their mummy has described as 'ada banyaaak buku'.

One of the objective of this visit was to register as members so that we can borrow books. We came armed with a passport-sized photo and copy of our IC. You see, many many months back, I had gone there earlier and took the forms and these were the requiremets as stated in the form. So I was pleasantly surprised when she said photo is not needed. And I also learnt that they have a photocopy machine there, so you can actually just walk in only with your original IC and you'd be able to register immediately - and borrow books immediately! That's another surprise. The form stated that it takes 5 working days to process the application, so I went not expecting to be able to borrow immediately. Boy, was I glad to be wrong. The thing is, they don't use the library card system anymore. We have to use our IC when borrowing (so that's why they no longer require a photo). I'm not sure whether I like this or not, because this means I personally have to be present everytime I want to borrow or return the books.

Membership is free. A member can borrow up to 3 books at any one time, and the books are due in 3 weeks. The penalty for late returns has increased, from 10 sen/day to 50 sen/day! Between MH and I, these are the books that we chose (well, actually I chose 5 and he chose 1 hahaha!). It's actually quite difficult to choose because they were quite a lot of interesting books. They do carry titles by Stephen King, Cecilia Ahern, Jodi Picoult, David Baldacci, Paolo Coelho, Agatha Christie, Joanna Trollope, and of course local titles by Ilham Hamdani, Abdul Latip Talib. These were just some examples. The collection is very limited of course, but I'm glad we're now able to utilise this public resource.

Members can borrow at any Selangor libraries, provided they haven't exhausted the 3-book limit. The state library in Shah Alam is open every day, but the others are closed on weekends except two Saturdays a month (week 2 and 4 - I always get confused which are those). If it were up to me, I'd arrange for all libraries to be open during weekends (not necessarily fully-staffed) and close them on 2 weekdays (say Tue-Wed?). Here are the opening hours:

Here's the link again, to check for their nearest library.


Ummu Auni Afif June 16, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

thanks mynie! macam tu nak pergi pinjam buku jugalah. somebody recommends a library in taman tun. nak tengok yang paling dekat dengan rumah yang mana

m-i-o June 16, 2010 at 10:58 PM  

hahaha - the library's van! sgt signifikan dlm kehidupan di sekolah rendah :P tp dulu macam tak banyak pilihan buku dlm van tu. i prefer to go to the library itself.

dulu masa kecik2 every saturday mesti pegi perpustakaan awam daerah - yg opposite balai polis, sebelah stadium kajang tu. kadang2 bila ada ko-kurikulum sebelah petang, singgah jugak sekejap sebelum pegi sekolah.

sekarang aje yg malas sikit nk pegi library. maybe sebab tak berdisiplin, dn takmo tergesa2 nk kena pulangkan buku atau takmo bayar denda tak pasal-pasal sebab lambat. lebih prefer beli aje kat kedai :P

Siti June 17, 2010 at 1:30 AM  

ummu auni afif,
berbaloi! buku agatha christie and paolo coelho tu habis baca in 3 days, saya terfikir dlm hati 'jimat duit aku at least rm40 ni' hehe :) terima kasih, ppas!

saya pun pergi jugak library kajang tu! tapi taklah selalu.. dulu takde library kat bangi. skrg dah ada, lagi dekat. nnt in the next post, i'll update some photos of the library... meh lah, sure ziyad suka hehe :) (tak patut betul pancing guna anak ;p)

Indonesia Librarian's Mobile Blogging June 17, 2010 at 2:28 AM  

Nice! Ayo rajin-rajinlah ke perpustakaan sejak dini :-)

drwati June 18, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

mynie, what a nice surpise!

do they have online facilities? like here (i'm sure you know) where we can reserve titles and renew books online

tapi 3 buku je? kat sini boleh 10 sekali pinjam!

children section mcm mana?

Siti June 29, 2010 at 10:24 PM  

children section not bad, byk juga buku-buku yg menarik, but some of those (yg kulit keras, mahal-mahal kot) tak boleh pinjam.

tak explore lagi whether ada ke tak online facilities. i did see a pc on, with a search catalogue function terbuka kat sana tapi tak sempat godeh2..

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