Kuala Lumpur Library
or KL Library
Quick Facts about Kuala Lumpur Library
- Monday: 2:00 pm to 6:45 pm
- Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am to 6:45 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Entrance Fee: Free
- Library is closed every first Saturday and Sunday. It is also closed every third Saturday and all public holidays.
Contact and Address of KL Library
- 1 Jalan Raja
- 50050 Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: (03) 2612 3508
- Fax: (03) 2693 7313
It is situated next to the Historical Museum and close to the Dataran Merdeka.
Going to the KL Memorial Library?
It is very close to many of the tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. You may go there either by bus, train or taxi.
By Public Bus
- Cost about RM1 or RM2.
- Use Intrakota bus nos. 33, 35, 2, 27, 28 and 110
- Take the bus from Pasar Seni or Central Market.
- Stop at Merdeka Square. It's just a 5 minutes walk.
- Cost you less than RM2.
- Using the Putra Line, stop at the Pasar Seni or Masjid Jamek station
- Using the Ampang Line, stop at the Masjid Jamek station
- It is a 10 minutes walk heading toward the Dataran Merdeka.
- Will cost you roughly RM10 from anywhere within the city.
History of the Kuala Lumpur Library Building
- 1899 Built to house the Government Printing Offices.
- 1907 - 1909 JKR 92 Memorial Library and Museum
- 1940 Canopy roof were added.
- 1986 Massive renovations were carried out to house the library.
- 1989 Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library opened its doors to the public at 92 Jalan Raja.
- 2000 Named changed from Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library to Kuala Lumpur Library during the Federal Territory Day Celebration.
- 2004 Kuala Lumpur Library open its doors to the public on 15 June at the present location at 1 Jalan Raja.
Architecture of Kuala Lumpur Library
Architect: AC Norman
The building was previously the Government Printer building. Notice the unusual structure of the building which has no columns running in the middle of the building This allows it to accomodate the large printing machinery.
The upper portion of the building is decorated with semi-circular windows and keystones. The canopy roof was retained from the earlier renovation.
Basement consists of
- conference area; and
- multipurpose hall.
All these facilities are available for rent for private and social functions. Ground Floor host the Galeri Kuala Lumpur for exhibits.
- loan section, and
- reading area with comfortable seats and tables.
- Reference section;
- eBook and eJournal services;
- Audio Visual section with Mobile Audio Player or MAP facility. There are limited MAP sets available, so it is on a first come first served basis. You can request for your favorite pop, rhythm and blues, country and western, classical, rock and techno music to be downloaded to your player for your listening pleasure.
- Virtual Reality section where you can learn more about Kuala Lumpur, human anatomy and marine life.
Contributed by a visitor.
Please share with everyone that there is a great LINCOLN CORNER on the second floor of the KL Library.
It is a special collection of books, periodicals, DVDs, etc., of high quality American publications and multimedia products.
Childrens books and DVDs are also part of the collection.
Volume of books
More than 50,000 titles on subjects ranging from adults, management, architecture, computers, reference, fiction and children books. It even has a large collection of audio and video materials. There is also a good collection of ebooks.
Membership Registration and MyKad
It uses MyKad for registration of members. MyKad is a smart national Identity Card system which uses the latest smart technology to store ones identity and other information.
This is part of the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor key projects.
The Kuala Lumpur Library encourages the use of MEPS electronic cash cards for utilising such facilities like the internet, photocopying and printing services if you need them.
|Membership||Age Group||Registration||Annual Fee||Can Borrow|
|Adult Standard||>20||6.00||20.00||5 books|
|Adult Premium||>20||6.00||40.00||8 books, 2 magazines and 2 CDs|
|Life Member||>20||200.00||0.00||5 books|
|Senior Standard||>55||6.00||10.00||5 books|
|Senior Premium||>55||6.00||20.00||8 books, 2 magazines and 2 CDs|
What is the Dress Code for visiting KL Library?
In order to keep the place decent and acceptable to the majority, the minimum amount of dress for:
- shirts (or t-shirts) with colar and sleeves (long or short)
- long pants
- shoes, preferably with socks (working, casual or sports shoes are fine)
- dress or blouse with sleeves and the hemlines of your skirts must cover your knees
- shoes (working, casual or sports shoes are fine)
The folowing clothings are not permitted:
- singlets or sleeveless shirts, t-shirts or blouses
- shorts and body-hugging shirts or pants
- clothings with provocative (sexual, political or offensive) wordings
Do note that the security officers have a right to deny you entry, unless you are appropriately dressed.
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