Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2) Facilities
Penang Digital Library (Phase 1 & 2) is initiated by the Penang State Government, which provides various gadgets and tools to help students and the public turn their ideas into reality.
Even though there are several 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 with no 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 favourable 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, 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 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 categorized, with several interconnecting rooms without doors.
If you enjoy lounging around, you will enjoy the amphitheatre-like structure where you can sit on the floor.
Every workspace comes with an individual power socket.
Penang Digital Library (Phase 2) – Library in the Park
The impressive addition of Phase 2 cost over RM10.8 million, which restaurants, cafes, 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 colours.
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.
The Penang Digital Library is fully equipped with a comfortable reading space at Mansion Library, learning, and discussion space, a children’s zone to complete both phases.
Cabin in the Park with a dining space including an open compartment for reading activities and recreational learning in the ‘Wisdom Street.’
Penang Digital Library is located next to Penang Free School on Jalan Masjid Negeri, Green Lane.
There are separate entry and exit. At night they lock the entry gate. You use the exit gate to enter and leave.
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
No public buses are 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 a 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.
What to eat – Bread and Bakes?
The croissandwich and toasty breakfast/ set lunch with different fillings are simple, tasty, and the right choice.
The most tempting is the oven-fresh signature croissants lava series with attractive 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
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?
Do I need to be a Malaysian to enter?
Can international students enter?
Can adult students use the Penang Digital Library?
Is it open every day?
Is it open on public holidays?
What are the opening hours for the Phase 1 Library?
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?
Can I use a computer there?
There is no computer, only an iPad for reading digital mags.
Is it full on weekends?
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 the 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 lookout for a shoe rack to store your shoes.
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 device?
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 visit the library if you are in Penang!
Penang Digital Library
Address: 135, Jalan Masjid Negeri, George Town, Penang
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Email: [email protected]
List of Public Libraries in Penang
Penang Digital Library has 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
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
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 – 6.00 PM
Closed Mon and Tues