Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ” this could change your life.” – Helen Exley
According to Albert Einstein, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. ” Libraries are timeless treasures. There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. The love of books is the best of all. Children’s libraries equip children with lifelong learning and literacy skills, enabling them to participate and contribute to the community.
Libraries are now catering to modern kids like never before, offering live performances, storytimes, computers, CD & DVD collections as well as play areas. So whether your kiddo likes to snuggle up with a good read or prefers a more interactive learning experience, there’s a library out there that fits the bill.
Read on the 10 awesome libraries for children around Malaysia. Beautiful, well thought out places for children to read, relax. and discover.
🏫 1. National Library Malaysia
National Library is one of the oldest libraries in Malaysia. Its doors were first opened back in 1956 – one year before the declaration of Independence! Today, National Library is known for its historical collections, with books that date back to the 50s and 60s. They also offer activities like group reading programmes, storytelling, school holiday programmes, competitions and a Hypermedia centre with working computers for children to play and learn from. They have rules and regulations under their dress code so we recommend you dress conservatively before you pay a visit.
Address: 232, Jalan Tun Razak, 50572 KL.
Operating Hours: Open from 10am to 7pm (Tuesday to Saturday); Open from 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday); Closed on Monday & Public Holidays.
🏫 2. Raja Tun Uda Library
The Raja Tun Uda Library is located near the Sultan Abdul Aziz Golf Club, Shah Alam. It’s fairly new and very spacious. The children’s section is located on the ground floor and all the books are in very good condition. They offer a range of books in both English and Malay. They also provide a Creative Zone, Interactive Zone and a Cyber Zone that consists of iMacs, Wii and XBox. Another interesting feature would be the “reading tree” as the concept of the library is the theme of an outdoor park to incorporate fun in learning. In addition, they have a 3D theatre for various movie screenings.
Address: Jalan Kelab Golf 13/6, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Operating Hours: Open from 10am to 7pm (Monday); Open from 9.30am to 7pm (Tuesday to Friday); Open from 9.30am to 7pm (Saturday & Sunday)
🏫 3. Kurau Community Library
The Kurau Community Library located on Lorong Kurau, Bangsar gives a clean, spacious vibe with a grey interior and exterior. That is why the dedicated row of books in a rainbow array of colours is a welcome addition to the new library. As most books are donated and some are bought, there is a mix of older books as well as newer ones for both young and old.
Address: 45 Lorong Kurau, Off Jalan Tanduk, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Open from 3 pm to 7 pm (Tuesday to Sunday); Closed on Mondays.
🏫 4. CLiC Library
The CLiC Library in Bandar Baru Sentul is a spacious, colourful library with plush cushions and a comfy environment to get some reading done. What’s more, there is also a Chrome lab with 41 laptops donated by YTL Foundation for the kids to use. Besides that, there is an exhaustive array of fiction and non-fiction books that are placed in clearly labeled shelves.
Address: Bandar Baru Sentul, Level 2, Kompleks Perniagaan & Komuniti, Bandar Baru Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: Open from 2 pm to 6.45pm (Monday), Open from 10am-6.45pm (Tuesday to Friday), Open from 10am to 5pm (Saturday& Sunday); Closed on the First Weekend of the Month & Public Holidays.
🏫 5. Islamic Arts Museum Children’s Library
When you enter the children’s library at the Islamic Arts Museum, you’ll see that the area is covered in artwork done. Located on Level G of the museum, the library is spacious and very conducive for reading. Besides traditional fiction, there is a wide range of books on art, architecture, and Islam that will please both the younger and slightly older crowds. There are also weekend workshops that feature a storytelling and craft session for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Address: Level G, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Jalan Lembah Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: Open from 10 am to 6 pm (following museum’s operating hours.)
🏫 6. Anggerik Mokara MBSA Library
The Anggerik Mokara MBSA Library is fully managed by the Shah Alam City Council and opened its doors to the public recently. With over 1,000 books, it caters mainly to young readers – which is why its design is colorful and inviting.
Address: Jalan Utarid U5/9, Taman Mutiara Subang, Shah Alam.
Operating Hours: Open from 9 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm (Tuesday to Thursday); Open from 9 am to 12.15 pm & 2.45 pm to5 pm (Friday); Open 10 am to 4 pm (Alternate Saturdays); Closed on Mondays, first and third Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays.
🏫7. Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) Library
Interested in learning more about Japanese history or culture? The JFKL Library contains a wide range of materials on Japan including books, magazines, comics, musical CD’s, and DVD’s. With such extensive resources at your fingertips, even the most enthusiastic Japanophile is sure to be satisfied.
Address: 18th Floor, Northpoint, Block B. Mid Valley City, No 1, Medan Syed Putra 59200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Operating Hours: Open from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm (Tuesday to Friday); Open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (Saturday); Close on Sunday, Monday & Public Holidays
🏫 8. Playcenter Library
The Playcenter Library is a humble little library located in a bungalow house in PJ. It runs solely by (mainly expatriate) volunteers and is a well-maintained non-profit library. They offer a vast selection of mint-condition books for all reading levels. They also have playgroups every Thursday for children under 4 years old.
Address: No. 18, Jalan 6/6, 46000 PJ.
Operating Hours: Open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (Tuesday); Open from 9.30am to 12.30pm (Thursday); Open from 2.30pm to 4.30pm (Saturday); Closed on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.
🏫 9. Children’s Library, Puchong
The Children’s Library in Puchong houses a over 2,000 English children books. Impressive! If the variety isn’t enough to keep the kiddies occupied, there is also an adult-assisted playgroup to help children develop their social communication skills. Bean bags tucked away in cosy corners create a comfortable reading environment. Even though this community library is only open one day a week, the condition of the library and involvement of the volunteers make up for it.
Address: 1-13, Jalan Merbah 1, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong.
Operating Hours: Open from 10 am to 2 pm (Saturday)
🏫 10. Sabah State Library
The new Sabah State Library occupies the spot of the now-demolished Kota Kinabalu City Centre library. With six floors spanning over 62,000 sq ft, every member of the family will find something to suit their taste. A must-see is the marine-themed children’s section, which has climbing ropes, custom-built shelves, and even swings to keep the children busy and active.
Address: Tanjung Aru Plaza, 1, Jalan Mat Salleh, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Operating Hours: Open from 10 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday); Closed on Weekends & Public Holidays.
*Operating hours might differ due to COVID-19 pandemic.