KOTA KINABALU: Book lovers can now get their reading materials borrowed from libraries across the nation to be sent to their homes.
All they have to do is to register as members of the online portal U-Pustaka, place the order and make payment.
The portal, which is developed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), links eight libraries including Sabah state library.
Other libraries involved are the National library as well as those in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, INTAN and Sarawak.
MCMC technical advisor for U-Pustaka said that the portal was ubiquitous in nature as any registered members were able to access it via kiosks in state or Penampang division libraries.
“Even those in interiors, as long as they have internet connectivity, they could request for delivery to their places.
“The postal fee is between RM4 and RM19, depending on the origin and destination,” she said, adding that the collaboration was made between Pos Malaysia.
At present there are 1.8 million physical books and a lot of ebooks under the consortium.
State Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid urged the public to make use of the portal to increase their knowledge.
“The development of this portal is in line with the government’s hope to promote lifelong learning culture among the people.
“Knowledgeable people would empower the community and thus contribute to the development of the state,” she said in launching speech which was read by her Permanent Secretary Datuk Siti Sapoo Ashok at the state library here on Wednesday.
At present, they were about 92,000 members from the state registering for the portal.
Also present was Sabah library department director Wong Vui Yin who received 1,404 netbooks from MCMC Sabah director Jusly Ellis for public use at libraries in state.- Borneo Insider
U-Pustaka utilises SAINS' Angkasa library system at its core, and is the winner of the FutureGov Awards Malaysia 2013 in the category of Technology Leadership. The same project won the MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Award in 2011 in the category of Best of e-Inclusion and e-Community.
U-Pustaka was developed and implemented for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) by SAINS's business partner Tech Innovasi.