Pustaka Sarawak closes on Chinese New Year

Sarawak State Library

KUCHING: The Sarawak State Library (Pustaka Sarawak) and all its campuses will be closed from Friday (Feb 12) to Saturday (Feb 13) in conjunction with the Chinese New Year Celebration.

In a statement released today (Feb 8), it reminded the public of its Pustaka Sarawak Channel and BookBear services which are free.

It said that the Pustaka Sarawak Channel is an initiative to encourage reading habits despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Pustaka Sarawak Channel is a platform which broadcasts the programmes and activities online by utilising the YouTube channel. This is in line with the transformation of services in the new normal and it is accessible by searching Pustaka Sarawak on the platform.

“This initiative aims to encourage reading in the Covid-19 pandemic environment with new trends through YouTube channel. It also optimises the potential of information and communication technology to benefit the public without constraints of time or place,” it said.

Meanwhile, the BookBear services are accessible through the Angka.sa2 application which is available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

“BookBear offers book loaning services straight to the users’ home and the Angka.sa2 application is available on smartphones.

“This initiative aims to ensure that users can get access to the Pustaka collection as the Sarawak State Library has yet to fully open its premises,” it said.

It also said that the book loaning service is available from Monday to Saturday at 9am until 5pm.

The Sarawak State Library as well as all its campuses will resume operation on Feb 14 and the public can contact the communication unit officer, Nur Ashikin Ahmad at 0111-0870191 or email nuraa2@sarawak.gov.my for any inquiries.