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Bintulu - Public Library

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In 1975 Bintulu was just a fishing village however local authority had put education as priority and set up a library in a wooden house near to air port as shown below.

Old Library
The First Library in Bintulu

During that time, the library only had very basic facility with minimum staff and not many books, mainly Chinese and English books. Owing to the development in Bintulu this wooden building gave way to construction of parking lots. And library was shifted to the then council building. From then on, with the influx of population and further development in Bintulu, the library had improved with quality and quantity in books. Readers population had increased as well.

New library
The modern, new and air-conditioned library

To provide better reading environment for local people, the authority has builded a new modern and air-conditioned library behind the Civic Centre. It has started operation since May 2001. Now it has about 30,000 readers' members (as at 28 June 2001). Currently, it has about 330,000 books.



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