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    The Tallest Library

      5-2-2018
     

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library

    Entertain the little ones with tales at the children’s section.

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library

    The new National Library of Indonesia boasts a breathtaking view of Jakarta’s skyline.

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library
    Entertain the little ones with tales at the children’s section.

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library
    The new National Library of Indonesia boasts a breathtaking view of Jakarta’s skyline.

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library

    The Tallest Library

    Visiting the new library in Jakarta, claimed as the highest in the world...

    The new building on Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, across the National Monument (Monas) and very close to Jakarta’s City Hall, is the current destination for bookworms. Designed dark blue and white, this building has a unique architecture shaped like a giant window. This is the new building of the National Library of Indonesia.

    At 127 meters high, the library consists of 27 levels and is declared to be the tallest library in the world – President Joko Widodo proudly announced this achievement during the inauguration in September. This library breaks the world’s record, beating the 106-meter tall Shanghai Library Institute of Scientific and Technological Information of Shanghai in China as the former tallest library.

    The National Library of Indonesia will also be more complete as the book collections from the old National Library of Indonesia in Salemba in Central Jakarta will soon be relocated here. The opening of the new National Library of Indonesia somehow awakens a fresh spirit of going to the library among Indonesians, especially Jakartans. And these are the special remarks I found during my visit...

    The Old and The Giant
    Entering the National Library of Indonesia area, you will see an old building in front of the main library, known as the Pendopo. Designed with classic Javanese touches on the interior, the Pendopo offers a warm welcome to every visitor.

    There are several rooms in the Pendopo, each one tells the history of reading and libraries in Indonesia in an interactive way. Some rooms at the Pendopo also showcase reading methods, including a variety of alphabetical and writing systems from many regions in Indonesia, such as the Batak alphabets from North Sumatra and traditional Balinese scripts. A number of historical manuscripts from across Indonesia are on display, like the Negarakretagama by Mpu Prapanca and Babad Diponegoro by Prince Diponegoro.

    Walking into the main building, a gigantic 30-meter tall bookshelf in the lobby will amaze you. With height reaching up to four levels of the building, the metallic bookshelf is so attractive that you may see many visitors take photos and selfi es with it as the background. To explore the second, third and fourth level, simply take one of the six escalators surrounding the giant bookshelf.

    The Rules
    To help you find the books you’re looking for, it is best to follow the basic rules at the National Library of Indonesia. And if you ever feel lost, just check out the board containing direction and information at the lobby, next to the giant bookshelf, which shows the themes of each floor.

    If you need more information before entering the library area, you can go to the second floor. There, you can register yourself, get a membership card, and gain all the information on the book you need from the provided computers. You can browse the title of the books using one of the computers and write down the section – mind you, some books can only be accessed with the help of the librarian.

    Make sure to put your bag in one of the lockers on the second floor as you are only allowed to take your laptop and stationery with you. The first six levels of the building serve as the entrance, information and service, office and exhibition areas, while the library areas are located from the 7th to the 24th floor.

    Reaching the 7th floor is where the fun begins. This floor consists of a colorful room that is especially designed for children – it provides various books for kids as well as a playground and a nursery room. On this level, there is also a special section for the elderly and disabled people, including books in Braille. Other themes, such as audiovisual, closed and opened monograph collections, Indonesian academic science, and the archipelago’s cultural collections can be found from the 8th to 24th floor.

    The City View
    Almost every floor provides comfortable chairs and tables to make sure the visitors are convenient as they work and study at the library. But what makes this place wonderful for either working or studying is actually the marvelous view of the capital city. Imagine getting your work done at the northern side of the building with an inspiring view of the National Monument. On a sunny day, you can even see Jakarta’s sea with a silhouette of vessels around the port from one of the windows here.

    There is an executive lounge on the 24th floor that is perfect to host special guests or small conferences with an open air balcony where you can enjoy the city’s skyline. On the weekdays, the library is filled with groups of students and general visitors. It is obvious that the library has become a new destination for Jakarta residents, be it for academic or non-academic purposes.

    And if you find some of the bookshelves are empty, don’t worry because they will be filled with books from the old library as the relocation will soon be done. And you can always ask the library staff to help you find the books you’re looking for to save some time. Don’t forget to keep calm and quiet during your visit for whatever purpose you have.

     

     
    Edna Tarigan

       Contributor : Edna Tarigan


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