Cool Libraries in Malaysia-Feature 02
11 Jul 2019

7 Cool Libraries in Malaysia Perfect for Studying

As a student, looking for the perfect, cosy study spot (where you don’t have to spend a dime) can be pretty tough. Well, instead of spending big bucks at a cafe, why not make good use of the free public library closest to you? Best of all, most of them have free WiFi too.

Let’s check them out!

#1. Penang Digital Library, Georgetown

Cool Libraries in Malaysia-Penang Digital Library

Step into the Penang Digital Library (PDL), and you’ll realise the shelves are free of physical books. This tech-reliant library has over 3,000 e-books, e-magazines and reference journals (membership required) as well as 10 iPads available for public use. It’s open 24/7 and even has an in-house cafe, which also operates 24 hours daily to fuel its hungry visitors. 

Address: No. 135 Jalan Masjid Negeri, Georgetown, Penang
Opening Hours: 24 hours

#2. Raja Tun Uda Library, Shah Alam

Cool Libraries in Malaysia-Raja Tun Uda Library

The 6-story Raja Tun Uda Library (also known as the Selangor State Library) is yet another modern library well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Overlooking the Shah Alam Lake Gardens, it is a book lover’s treasure cove complete with cosy study areas, free WiFi and a section for kids. It also boasts a 6D motion theatre, 3 gymnasiums and virtual reality (VR) units that offer a different learning experience for all ages!

Address: Jalan Kelab Golf 13/6, Seksyen 13, Shah Alam, Selangor
Opening Hours:
Monday: 10am – 7pm
Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am – 7pm
Weekends: 9.30am – 9pm (7.00pm for Creative Zone/Children’s Department)
Closed during public holidays

#3. Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL)

Cool Libraries in Malaysia-Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur

Do you have an affinity for everything Japanese? Then head to the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL), a centre established to cultivate cultural exchange between Japan and Malaysia. The library in JFKL stores a wide range of reading material such as books (in English and Japanese) as well as Japanese language study guides, magazines, and of course, the mangas!

Address: 18th Floor, Block B, Northpoint, Mid Valley City No. 1 Medan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 10.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm

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#4. Sarawak State Library, Kuching

Cool Libraries in Malaysia-Sarawak State Library

Overlooking a manmade lake, the Sarawak State Library offers a serene place to study. It is the state’s largest reference library and serves as a community centre of knowledge with access to books, electronic media, an e-Newspaper kiosk, local art collections, a Sensory Garden and even free WiFi with a speed of up to 100Mbps! It also hosts regular activities for children and interesting events and exhibitions.

Address: Jalan Pustaka, Petrajaya, Kuching, Sarawak
Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 6pm
Closed during public holidays

#5. Sabah State Library, Tanjung Aru

Cool Libraries in Malaysia-Sabah State Library

The Sabah State Library is a newly-opened library that has replaced the demolished Kota Kinabalu library. The library spans a grand 62,000 feet with 5 floors of access to books, electronic media, computers, tablets, WiFi and more. Here, you’ll have a wide range of study spots to choose from including the Teens Reading Pod, Public Reading Space, and Reference Reading Pod.

Address: Tanjung Aru Plaza, 1, Jalan Mat Salleh, Sabah
Opening Hours: 
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm

#6. L45 Kurau Community Library, Bangsar

Cool Libraries in Malaysia- L45 Kurau Community Library

Previously a private residence, the L45 Kurau Community Library encompasses a modern concept and a clean and minimal design. The unique building is split into a student housing space and a community library where although the two share a building, the public library is separated from the student housing via a secured door.

The library, which can house up to 35,000 books, offers many cosy nooks for reading, studying and even taking cool Instagram photos.

Address: 45, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar
Opening Hours: 
Thursday – Saturday: 3pm – 6pm

#7. Selangor Public Library, Petaling Jaya

Cool Libraries in Malaysia-Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor

The Selangor Public Library is a free public library located in Jaya One mall, Petaling Jaya. Its convenient location allows visitors to spend their time more productively (reading or studying) while waiting for their friends to arrive or while waiting for transport.

The quaint library has over 5,000 books that can be borrowed by members (registration is free) and also provides a conference and reading area, computers, WiFi and printing services.

Address: 100–P2.003, The School, Block J, Jaya One, No 72A, Jalan Universiti, Section 13, Petaling Jaya
Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 7pm
Closed during public holidays

Pro Tip: Got some burning questions to ask about your future education? If you happen to be at this library, feel free to drop by EduAdvisor’s office in Jaya One for a free counselling session on your education pathway!

With so many public libraries, now you won’t be able to use the excuse “There’s no place to study” anymore!

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