Monday March 14, 2011
Quick facts of National Library of Malaysia
> THE National Library of Malaysia (NLM) was established in 1966 as a unit within the National Archive.
> The NLM became a full federal department in 1972 under the National Library Act 1972 (Act 80). It is under the administration of the director-general of the National Archive and National Library.
> In 1977, the NLM became a fully independent federal department with its own director-general. Today the NLM is under the umbrella of the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry.
> In 1986, the Preservation Of Books Act 1966 was repealed and replaced with the Deposit Of Library Material Act 1986 (Act 331) which requires all publishers in Malaysia to deposit five copies of printed materials and two copies of non-printed materials with the NLM.
> A new 15-storey annex building was completed last year, and the NLM’s administrative offices were moved from rented premises in Menara TH Selborn to the new building in August last year. The building also houses the Malaysiana collection and has a seating capacity of 928.
> As of December 2009, total membership of NLM was 865,330.
> The NLM’s total collection as of December 2009 stands at 3,092,017. The collection includes printed and non-printed materials, manuscripts and digital materials.
> The NLM also has 94,620 audio-visual materials comprising microfilm, microfiche, audio cassettes, video cassettes, multimedia kits, film and film strips. It has 34,075 digital materials consisting of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and CDs.
> Total operating budget of the NLM for 2009 was RM82,386,041. This includes the purchase of books, utilities, library supplies and services, and emoluments.
Source: National Library of Malaysia