KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall plans to set up 600 book kiosks in the city in conjunction with the year-long Kuala Lumpur World Book Capital (KLWBC) 2020 which kicked off last April 23.
Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Dahlan said there are currently 60 book kiosks at various locations in the city, involving a total cost of RM750,000.
“The cost for each kiosk is between RM7,000 to RM12,000 depending on size and design. As such, members of the public are advised to use the service wisely,“ he told reporters after launching the Wangsa Melawati Mobile Library Bus Service, here, today.
He said the setting up of the book kiosks, among others, is to inculcate the reading habit among the people towards moulding a knowledgeable society.
KLWBC 2020 is to promote lifelong reading, he said, adding that DBKL welcomed collaboration from various parties, especially the private sector, to contribute and share suitable reading materials to be placed at the kiosks.
Meanwhile, Nor Hisham said the mobile library service by the Kuala Lumpur Library will go to residential areas to provide reading materials for residents to borrow.
“We started the new approach this year by providing the service at residential areas.
“Each bus carries up to 1,500 books on various subjects and categories, as well as electronic books (e-book). It is also equipped with computers and free WiFi facilities,“ he said, adding that the Kuala Lumpur Mobile Library has four buses. — Bernama