Besides being friendly for people with disabilities, this library is also friendly for children, they can read while playing.
JAKARTA | KBA – The Jakarta Provincial Government has reopened the Jakarta Cikini Public Library, and the HB Jassin Literary Documentation Center (PDS) which is located in the Panjang Building in the Taman Ismail Marzuki area, Jalan. Cikini Raya, Menteng, Central Jakarta.
Governor Anies Baswedan officially opened the Jakarta Library and the Hans Bague (HB) Jassin Literary Document Center on Thursday, July 7, 2022. The first day opened to the public, this new modern library was enthusiastically welcomed by the residents of the capital.
When entering the main door of the library, visitors will be amazed by the modern library concept.
Visitors will be asked to scan the visit registration barcode that has been previously filled in via the library.jakarta.go.id link.
Then, visitors will get a barcode to deposit their bags and other items. Visitors’ belongings will be placed in lockers. It is only allowed to bring valuables into the reading room and later will get a special bag to carry valuables to the reading room, visitors will also be given an identity card to enter the library.
Entering the library, visitors will be greeted with a mix of gray buildings and a dominant brown interior which brings a calm and comfortable impression to linger in the library.
Seen, various reading books ranging from history, general collection books, agriculture, parenting, economics to education are neatly arranged on the brown wooden shelf. Visitors are free to explore the books in the library, the staff will also assist if visitors have difficulty finding reading books.
Brown chairs and a bar table of the same color, natural lighting from reflected glass and an aesthetically pleasing gray lamp, people who are busy reading or working using their laptops, and a very calm atmosphere and an aesthetic and modern building become a sight. on the 4th floor of the DKI Jakarta Cikini Public Library, and the HB Jassin Literary Documentation Center (PDS).
If the calm atmosphere is felt on the 4th floor, it is different from the special floor for the children’s reading room. As is known, apart from being friendly for people with disabilities, this library is also friendly for children, they can read while playing.
Like for children, colorful toys and rows of children’s reading books from the age of 0-12 years are neatly lined up in this room.
A number of educational toys, as well as role-playing toys that can train children’s creativity and imagination are available for them. Of course all that is safe for children.
Blue and red round sofas, as well as chairs and bar tables are specially provided for parents accompanying their children. In addition to accompanying the baby, parents can also watch the kids while reading their favorite books.
This special room for children is designed in such a way as to provide joy in reading. Of course, this is to foster interest in reading from an early age.
The laughter of children, parents choosing the best books for their children, boys and girls playing with their toys cool the room. No need to worry, the children’s activities in this room will not disturb visitors on other floors.
If it is a special room for children, the inclusion room is the answer to why this library is friendly for people with disabilities. The inclusion room is intended to facilitate visitors with disabilities. In this room, there are many books and a Braile computer with a sign language system.
Then, there is also a privacy room, this room is intended for visitors who want to focus on reading. In addition, this room can also be used for a reading club or a writer’s club.
Other unique facilities, such as the Podcast Room, are intended for visitors who like media activities such as creating sound and visual content. In this room, it is open to the public and can be used for free.
Other facilities available in this library include disabled toilets, escalators to move floors, galleries of printed and recorded works, dialogue booths, and broadcast booths. Each Bikik has its own function and virtue.
The building with an area of 10 thousand square meters provides around 138,000 book collections, 70,000 of which can be borrowed by visitors.
HB Jassin Library
The Jakarta Library and PDS HB Jassin offer a reading room that is open to characters from various visitors, every corner is so comfortable. Visitors can choose to read on the chairs and bar tables or with the concept of reading while feeling comfortable sitting on the sofa or on the couch with colorful bean beds.
Visitors will also find it easier to find books because each floor is provided with a number of computers to search for books to borrow books.
The impression of a rigid library with rows of dusty bookshelves and natural lighting alone will not be found at the Jakarta Library and PDS HB Jassin. Precisely in this library, visitors will feel a new experience because Jakarta, which is currently designed as a Global City, presents a modern library.
Governor of DKI Jakarta, Mr. Anies Baswedan wants the Jakarta library and PDS HB Jassin to be progressive, modern and on an international scale. Not only in the physical sense, but also in the management paradigm.
In addition, the library is inclusive and becomes a center for community meetings and development. A library that is not only a storehouse of books, but also a source of literacy culture. Not only encourage a love of reading, but also improve reading power. A library that sparks ideas, works and collaborations.
In the post-pandemic period, the Jakarta Library and PDS HB Jassin’s visits are still limited to 300 people per day and are open from 09.00-17.00. For people who want to visit, they can register online through library.jakarta.go.id.
Jakarta Library Revitalization and Literary Documentation Center H.B. Jassin, which had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has now been completed and is open to the wider public.
The Jakarta Library and PDS HB Jassin have now not only become Jakarta’s new icons as a Global City, but have also become a driving force for the advancement of the nation’s civilization.
Enthusiastic Book Lovers
This library is very modern. Because, following the development of today’s increasing sophisticated technology.
Based on the monitoring of KBA News at the location, Friday 8 July 2022, teenagers, adults, and children flocked to the Jakarta Cikini Library. In addition to reading, the majority of visitors are also cool to take pictures in the building that is so aesthetic.
Seen, a variety of reading books ranging from Astronomy, Art, Literature, Culture, Special Collections for Jakarta, reading for children aged 0-12 years, Fiction and Nonfiction books specifically for teenagers to families are neatly arranged on the brown wooden shelf.
Jakarta Citizens’ Pride
Yofi Sanjaya, one of the visitors welcomed the reopening of the Jakarta Library and PDS HB Jassin. According to him, this library is very modern. Because, following the development of today’s increasing sophisticated technology.
“To enter, we have to register online first and then we will get a barcode, so it’s more modern, effective, and efficient,” said Yofi to KBA News.
Yofi assessed that the books in the library were neatly arranged. The large library area and many facilities also make it comfortable to be in this library.
“I saw that the books were neatly arranged according to their titles. The place is comfortable, clean, tidy, so we are free to read,” he said.
Another visitor, Ika said, she came specifically to the Jakarta Cikini Library to introduce reading interest to her children. Moreover, the library is already child-friendly.
“Right now, it’s a literacy emergency, it’s really hard for them to read, and people love to play with gadgets all the time. Well, this is a cool place to have children’s play facilities too. So, if you are first persuaded to play while you are given an interesting colorful book, the child can read a little and then continue playing again,” he explained.
Complete facilities and good service make Ika very comfortable and helpful if you have to borrow books. “The facilities are very complete, the staff is also very supportive to borrow books, it really helps,” he said.
The Jakarta Library and the Hans Bague (HB) Jassin Literary Document Center (PDS) have been revitalized by the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government since 2019. The revitalization of the Jakarta Library and HB Jassin’s PDS is one of the 23 promises made by Governor Anies Baswedan in the 2016 gubernatorial election.
Anies hopes that the Jakarta Library and PDS HB Jassin can be managed to become centers of activity for the community. Thus, the library is not only a place to collect books and literacy, but also a place that brings culture to life in Jakarta.
There are 138,000 collections in the Jakarta Library and 4,395 collections in PDS HB Jassin. The Jakarta library contains a collection of general books, children’s books, to Jakartaan collections that are relevant and according to the needs of the community.
Meanwhile, the collection at PDS HB Jassin focuses on documenting literary works, including handwritten documents of great writers, such as Chairil Anwar, WS Rendra, and so on. The Jakarta Library and PDS HB Jassin are also equipped with a number of new rooms, including a multifunction room, children’s game room, story booth, private reading room, podcast room, computer room, and collection room.
With the new face of the Jakarta library, which is more modern, beautiful, and sustainable, it makes visitors feel comfortable and not overcrowded.
Chairman of Commission E of the DKI Jakarta Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD) Gerindra Faction Mr. Iman Satria welcomed the inauguration of the Jakarta Library at Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) as a place for knowledge and socialization that can give birth to extraordinary ideas.
“The presence of another library in Jakarta is also one of the things that the legislature wants as a partner of the DKI Provincial Government. The existence of a library can be a place for citizens to read, so that it can give birth to a nation’s children who are rich in knowledge,” he said.
He admitted that with the new face of the Jakarta library, which is more modern, beautiful, and sustainable, it makes visitors feel comfortable and not overcrowded. As a representative of the people, he hopes that in every city of Jakarta there is one library that is the best like this TIM one
Meanwhile, Head of the DKI Jakarta Library and Archives Service (Dispusip), Mr. Wahyu Haryadi, said that this library is very child and disability friendly. After being revitalized, the enthusiasm of residents who come to the library is expected to be higher and can encourage people’s interest in reading.
“The services provided at this library facilitate all segments from early childhood, children, adults, the elderly and people with disabilities,” said Wahyu.
Rewritten by: Haz Pohan, Editor-in-Chief, KBA News