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Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2) Facilites

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Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2)

Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2)

Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2) Facilites

Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2) is initiatives by the Penang State Government which provides an array of gadgets and tools to help students and the public turn their ideas into reality.

Even though there are a number of public libraries in Penang with physical books, the Penang Digital Library has helped both adult and school going students to find a quiet place to study.

This fruition of how information is curated and consumed has birthed Penang Digital Library.

In a digitally driven world, the tech-savvy youngster consumes curated information differently than their forefathers.

Both buildings (Phase 1 and Phase 2) are a modern space without any physical books. It offers some similarities to a co-working space where you can use the work desks with Wi-Fi.

The Penang Digital Library (Phase 1)

Penang’s student community is familiar with the Penang Digital Library which received a favorable response since its opening.

The Penang Digital Library is an initiative by the Penang State Government in collaboration with Keysight Technologies and Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O), supported by TIME dotcom.

The social aspect of the collaboration is to bring back connectivity and “human” communications.

Opened in October 2016, by 2017 the Penang Digital Library is opened for 24 hours, providing a safe refuge for students to study from night to morning.

With this in mind, the Penang State Government’s aims to re-engineer structured access to information and knowledge vis-à-vis the setup of both Phase 1 & 2 of the Penang Digital Library.

As the digital library does not have any physical books, users can access the 3,000 plus specially curated e-books, reference journals, and e-magazines via iPad.

The Spaces at Phase 1

The Love A Loaf Bakery & Cafe is located on the ground floor. There are a dining area and a small area for workspaces. Even though it is a shared space, it is possible to find your own corner if you go early.

There are desks near the window and against the wall. Or if you prefer, you could share the long table in the middle of the space.

The upper floor is clean, spacious and compartmentalized with several interconnecting rooms without doors.

If you enjoy lounging around, you will enjoy the amphitheater-like structure where you can sit on the floor.

Every workspace comes with individual power socket.

Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2)
A study nook in Phase 1 upper floor

Penang Digital Library (Phase 2) – Library in the Park

The impressive addition of Phase 2 cost over RM10.8 million which restaurants, cafes as well as digital infrastructure and information technology. They locate the new building just opposite the current one.

It comprises two double-story buildings with a comfortable reading space able to accommodate up to 540 users at any one time

The upper floor offers some meeting rooms, work corners, and cubicles with names like the Reading Zone, Brainstorm Rooms and Virtual Rooms.

The design is modern with splashes of colors. The chairs and work desk are at a comfortable height.

If you want some peace without going to cafes or Co-working spaces, you can opt for the Penang Digital Library.

With the completion of both phases, the Penang Digital Library is fully equipped with a comfortable reading space at Mansion Library, learning, and discussion space, a children zone, Cabin in the Park with a dining space including an open compartment for reading activities and recreational learning in the ‘Wisdom Street’.

Location

Penang Digital Library is located next to Penang Free School on Jalan Masjid Negeri, Green Lane.

Entry/Exit

There are separate entry and exit. At night they lock the entry gate. You use the exit gate to enter and leave.

Car Parking

Limited free parking is available. Most students get their family members to drop them off. You could also take a GrabCar there.

Going by Bus

There are no public buses plying Jalan Masjid Negeri next to Penang Free School. Rapid Penang Bus 206 stops at Jalan Terengganu.

Jalan Terengganu bus stop via Jalan Free School to the Penang Digital Library 13 min (1.0 km)

Love A Loaf Bakery & Cafe

You can get decent coffee in a paper cup and some pastries.
They allow food and drinks within the café, inside Cabin in the Park, and on the grounds where tables and chairs are located.

Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2)
Love A Loaf Bakery & Cafe

What to eat – Bread and Bakes?

The croissandwich and toasty breakfast/ set lunch with different fillings are simple, tasty and a good choice.

The most tempting is the oven-fresh signature croissants lava series with interesting fillings of Salted, and Chocolate Lava, Matcha Green Tea Lava and even Salted Egg Golden Lava!

I tried the Salted Egg Croissant. The runny salted egg yolk lava is the most popular.

Love A Loaf Bakery & Cafe

Opening hours: 8 am till 10 pm

Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2)
Salted Egg Croissant

Readcasa App

The Readcasa App is a good platform for those looking for e-learning materials related to STEM titles.
According to the app store, you can “bookmark articles effortlessly and customize your reading list,”.

You can download the Readcasa App from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

Some FAQ about the Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2)

Where is Penang Digital Library Phase 2?
Both libraries are opposite each other

Do I need to be a member to enter?
No

Do I need to be a Malaysian to enter?
No

Can foreign student enter?
Yes

Can adult students use the Penang Digital Library?
Yes

Is it open every day?
Yes

Is it open on public holidays?
Yes

What are the opening hours for the Phase 1 Library?
24 Hours

What are the opening hours for the Phase 2 Library?
8am – 10pm

Can I use the Wi-Fi for free?
Wi-Fi is free and unlocked. You can directly connect to it and it will work.

How much do I need to pay?
Free

Can I use a computer there?
There is no computer only iPad for reading digital mags

Is it full on weekends?
Yes

Do I need to bring my MyKad or IC?
Yes for Phase 1 but not for Phase 2

How do I gain access to use brainstorm room?
Just ask the staff at counter ground floor

Can I borrow books?
Penang Digital Library does not own any physical books

Is there any dress code?
There is no strict dress code, you as long as you are fully clothed.

Do I need to remove my shoes?
Yes, do look out for shoe rack to store your shoes.

Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2)
There are shoe racks here.

I have books to donate can I drop it here?
Please contact Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Pulau Pinang (Penang Library) – Public library. The Penang Digital Library does not have physical books.

Can I bring my own device?
Yes

Are there any lockers?
There are open shelves but no lockable locker. Please ask the staff at the helpdesk

What can I do here?
Study and do your homework or research here.
Read an e mag.
Dine at the immensely popular Love a Loaf cafe and indulge in some cakes and pastries.
Hang out with friends and use the internet.

Is the toilet clean?
Yes, the toilets are spacious and clean.

Remember to pay the library a visit if you happen to be in Penang!

Penang Digital Library
Address: 135, Jalan Masjid Negeri, George Town, Penang
Phone: 04-3708715
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Email: help@penangdigitallibrary.com.

List of Public Libraries in Penang

Penang Digital Library has certainly changed the library landscape in Malaysia.
Check out the list of public libraries in Penang

Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2) – Public library
135, Jalan Masjid Negeri, Taman Guan Joo Seng, 11600 George Town, Penang
Phone: 04-370 8687
Open 24 hours Every day

George Town Library – Public library
JKR 2936, Jalan Scotland, Pulau Pinang, 10450
Phone: 04-229 3555
Open Wed to Sat 9:45 AM – 6.00PM
Closed Mon and Tues

Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Pulau Pinang – Public library
2118, Jalan Perpustakaan, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang
Phone: 04-390 2387
Open Tues to Sat 9:45 AM – 6.00PM
Closed Mon

Bukit Mertajam Branch Library – Public library
29, Jalan Pegawai, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
Phone: 04-539 2619
Open Tues to Sat 9:45 AM – 6.00PM
Closed Mon

Balik Pulau Branch Library – Public library
Jalan Balik Pulau, Kampung Permatang Tengah, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Phone: 04-866 5689
Open Wed to Sat 9:45 AM – 6.00PM
Closed Mon and Tues

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