Upon seeing the revitalised library in Taman Ismail Marzuki, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Malaysians wished that local libraries had the same aesthetic and accessibility to cultivate a genuine interest in reading and literature.
(13 Jul 2022) Perpustakaan Jakarta Cikini in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia has been revived with a new look and Indonesians are not the only ones that are fascinated by its transformation.
According to Manual Jakarta, Perpustakaan Jakarta Cikini has more than 100,000 books, gathering spaces, private reading rooms, and many more facilities. The library is also located in the same space as Pusat Dokumentasi Sastra Hans Bague Jassin, making it easier for the public to access local literary works.
Malaysians who came across photos of this beautiful library on Twitter were mesmerised and wished that libraries in Malaysia could be improved as well.
She tweeted, “How my heart aches. If only the library in Kuala Lumpur was as beautiful and friendly as this, maybe we wouldn’t have to wait in long lines at expensive bookstores. Perhaps we could revive the interest in literature and the national language without (the need of) coercive acts.”
She is not the only one. Read more from the original news report here.