Best Libraries in the Klang Valley for Kids

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Libraries are now catering to modern kids like never before, offering live performances, story times, computers, CD & DVD collections, and play areas in addition to, well, books. So whether your kiddo likes to snuggle up with a good read or prefers a more interactive learning experience, there’s a library out there that fits the bill.

We’ve scoured the Klang Valley to bring you the best in children’s libraries (reading optional, but highly encouraged, of course.)

National Library of Malaysia

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The National Library of Malaysia is clean and very well-maintained and spacious. They also offer activities like group reading programmes, storytelling, school holiday programmes, competitions and a Hypermedia centre with working computers for children to play and learn from. They have rules and regulations under their dress code so we recommend you dress conservatively before you pay a visit.

Membership Fee: Free.
Borrowing Conditions: Three books for three weeks.
Operating Hours: Tues – Sat (10am – 7pm); Sun (10am – 6pm); Closed on Mon & Public Holidays.
Address: 232, Jalan Tun Razak, 50572 KL.
Contact: 03-2687 1700
Website: www.pnm.gov.my


KL Children’s Library

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The KL Children’s Library is located near Dataran Merdeka, opposite the Royal Selangor Club and is an extension of the Kuala Lumpur library. They offer activities for children such board games, storytelling sessions, computer classes, puppet shows, school holiday programmes and so on. They provide racks of easy-to-read books that are suitable for early readers, as well as sufficient number of tables and chairs for children.

Membership Fee: RM 6 (registration) + RM10 (annual fee).
Borrowing Conditions: Three books for two weeks.
Operating Hours: Mon (2pm – 6.45pm); Tues – Fri (10am – 6.45pm); Sat & Sun (10am – 5pm); Closed on first Sat & Sun of the month and Public Holidays.
Address: No. 1, Jalan Raja, 50050 KL.
Contact: 03-2693 7313
Website: kllibrary.dbkl.gov.my


Raja Tun Uda Library

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The Raja Tun Uda Library is located near the Sultan Abdul Aziz Golf Club, Shah Alam. It’s fairly new and very spacious. The children’s section is located on the ground floor and all the books are in very good condition. They offer a range of books in both English and Malay. They also provide a Creative Zone, Interactive Zone and a Cyber Zone that consists of iMacs, Wii and XBox. Another interesting feature would be the “reading tree” as the concept of the library is the theme of an outdoor park to incorporate fun in learning. In addition, they have a 3D theatre for various movie screenings.

Membership Fee: Free.
Borrowing Conditions: Five books for two weeks.
Operating Hours: Mon (10am – 7pm); Tues – Fri (9.30am – 7pm); Sat & Sun (9.30am – 7pm).
Address: Jalan Kelab Golf 13/6, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Contact: 03-5519 7667
Website: www.ppas.gov.my


KL Library TTDI

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The KL Library in TTDI is an easier alternative to the main KL Library branch in the city centre. It is a bright open space with a lot of benches and tables for both adults and children. Similar to most of the libraries listed, they offer activities such as storytelling, school holiday activities, crossword puzzles as well as games. What distinguishes this library from the rest would have to be the fact that they have fitness programmes for kids as well.

Membership Fee: 1st year – RM16. RM10 for every subsequent year.
Borrowing Conditions: Three books for two weeks.
Operating Hours: Mon (2pm – 6.45 pm); Tues – Fri (10am – 6.45pm); Sat & Sun (10am – 5pm); Closed on the first Sat & Sun of the month and Public Holidays.
Address: Pusat Komuniti TTDI, Lot 31204, Jalan Athinahapan, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 6000 KL.
Contact: 03-7726 6310/03-7728 9244
Website: mylibraryttdi.blogspot.com


Damansara Heights Public Library

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This library is hard to miss! It’s a two-storey building located on Jalan Beringin in Damansara Heights. The children’s section is separated by clear glass doors and walls, enabling parents to keep a close eye on their little ones. The library provides books in English, Malay and Chinese.

Membership Fee: Free.
Borrowing Conditions: Three books for three weeks.
Operating Hours: Tues – Sun (9am – 5pm); Closed on Mon and Public Holidays.
Address: No.9, Jalan Beringin, Damansara Heights, 50480 KL.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Perpustakaan-Awam-Bukit-Damansara-PABD


National Science Centre

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The library at the National Science Centre is located on the 3rd floor. The first time you apply for library membership, you’ll need to pay the science centre’s entrance fee of RM6 per person. After that, you only need to show your card to access the entire centre including the library. The library has mostly non-fiction books, science journals, reference books and dictionaries, making it a great place to learn.

Membership Fee: Kids below 17 years (RM20 a year); Adults 18 – 55 years (RM40 a year).
Borrowing Conditions: Three books for three weeks.
Operating hours: Mon – Sat (9am – 5pm); Closed on Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays.
Address: Persiaran Bukit Kiara, Bukit Kiara, 50662 KL.
Contact: 03-2089 3472
Website: www.psn.gov.my


Subang Jaya Municipal Council Library, Puchong

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At the Subang Jaya Municipal Council Library, the kids’ section has quite an array of activities. They also provide a kids’ ‘meeting room’ for discussions, storytelling and other quiet activities. They offer a selection of books and computers for kids to read and use. The books cater to different reading levels – from beginners, intermediate and advanced – and are also available in Chinese, English and Malay. They may not have many tables and chairs, but their cushioned floors are a welcome alternative.

Membership Fee: Kids 5 – 12 year (RM7 for the first year, RM5 for every subsequent year) & Adults 13 years and above (RM17 for the first year, RM10 for every subsequent year).
Borrowing Conditions: Three books for two weeks.
Operating Hours: Tues – Fri (9.30am – 7pm); Sat & Sun (9.30am – 5pm); Closed on Mon & Public Holidays.
Address: Persiaran Putri 1, Bandar Putri, 47100 Puchong
Contact: 03-8062 7930 / 03-8065 1587
Website: ocps.mpsj.gov.my


PJ Community Library

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The PJ Community Library has a children’s section on the Ground floor and offers a large collection of books. The books may appear old and not well-maintained, but they have a range of educational magazines like Kuntum. They also have weekly activities which is updated on their notice board and website.

Membership Fee: RM31 for the first year, RM15 for every subsequent year.
Borrowing Conditions: Four books for three weeks.
Operating Hours: Mon – Tues (10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm); Fri (10am – 12.15pm & 2.45pm – 5pm).
Address: Lot 389, Jalan Selangor, Section 3, 46050, PJ.
Contact: 03-7781 2775 / 03-7781 2790
Website: www.mbpjlibrary.gov.my


Playcentre Library

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The Playcentre Library is a humble little library located in a bungalow house in PJ. It runs solely by (mainly expatriate) volunteers and is a well-maintained non-profit library. They offer a vast selection of mint-condition books for all reading levels. They also have playgroups every Thursday for children under 4 years old.

Membership Fee: RM15 a year (+ RM1 registration fee).
Borrowing Conditions: Two books for two weeks.
Operating hours: Tues (9.30am – 4.30pm); Thurs (9.30am – 12.30pm); Sat (2.30pm – 4.30pm); Closed on Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun.
Address: No. 18, Jalan 6/6, 46000 PJ.
Contact: 03-7781 7813
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlaycentreLibrary


CLiC Library

The CLiC Library in Bandar Baru Sentul is a spacious, colourful library with plush cushions and a comfy environment to get some reading done. What’s more, there is also a Chrome lab with 41 laptops donated by YTL Foundation for the kids to use. Besides that, there is an exhaustive array of fiction and non-fiction books that are placed in clearly labeled shelves.

Membership Fee: Kids below 12 years (RM 6 a year); Teens and Adults (RM 16 a year); Lifetime Membership (RM 150).
Borrowing Conditions: Three books for two weeks.
Operating hours: Mon (2-6.45pm), Tues-Fri (10am-6.45pm), Sat-Sun (10am-5pm), Closed on the first weekend of the month, and public holidays.
Address: Bandar Baru Sentul, Level 2, Kompleks Perniagaan & Komuniti, Bandar Baru Sentul, 51000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 03-4041 0981
Website: http://kllibrary.dbkl.gov.my/


Kurau Community Library

The Kurau Community Library located on Lorong Kurau, Bangsar gives a clean, spacious vibe with a grey interior and exterior. That is why the dedicated row of books in a rainbow array of colours is a welcome addition to the new library. As most books are donated and some are bought, there is a mix of older books as well as newer ones for both young and old.

Membership Fee: Free
Operating hours: Tue – Sun (3-7pm). Closed on Mondays.
Address: 45 Lorong Kurau, Off Jalan Tanduk, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Website: L45


Children’s Library at the Islamic Arts Museum

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When you enter the children’s library at the Islamic Arts Museum, you’ll see that the area is covered in art work done. Located on Level G of the museum, the library is spacious and very conducive for reading. Besides traditional fiction, there is a wide range of books on art, architecture, and Islam that will please both the younger and slightly older crowds. There are also weekend workshops that feature a storytelling and craft session for children between the ages of 4 and 12.

Membership Fee: Free for children six years and under (as museum entry fee.)
Borrowing conditions: Books are not allowed to be taken out of the premises.
Operating hours: 10am to 6pm (following museum’s operating hours.)
Address: Level G, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Jalan Lembah Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 03-2274 2020
Website: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia


Children’s Library, Puchong

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The Children’s Library in Puchong houses a over 2,000 English children books. Impressive! If the variety isn’t enough to keep the kiddies occupied, there is also an adult-assisted playgroup to help children develop their social communication skills. Bean bags tucked away in cosy corners create a comfortable reading environment. Even though this community library is only open one day a week, the condition of the library and involvement of the volunteers make up for it.

Membership Fee: RM10 – RM50 (see: borrowing conditions)
Borrowing conditions: RM10 allows for one book, RM20 for two books and so on. Book are to be borrowed for a maximum of 2 weeks at a time.
Operating hours: Sat 10am – 2pm
Address: 1-13, Jalan Merbah 1, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong.
GPS coordinates: 3.043272,101.617805
Google Maps link: click here
Contact: 03-8075 0397
Website: The Children’s Library / Facebook page

Updated 7 July 2015.

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Text Credit: Kathryn Rao, Stephanie Boey, Anna Lee & Marissa Hakim.
Image Credit: Stephanie Boey, Deepa A/P Pasupathy, CLiC Library, L45, Marissa Hakim & Children’s Library Puchong.

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