Bantul Develops Social Inclusion-Based Library through Mobile Library
Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta — Bantul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, is currently promoting a social inclusion-based library programme. A number of communities are targeted as target market for mobile library. This was carried out in accordance with directions and policies of Director of National Library. That fact was conveyed by Singgih Riyadi, representing Yogyakarta Provincial Library Service Office when meeting Head of Reading Interest Studies and Development Centre (P3MB) of National Library, Deni Kurniadi, Monday (29/7).
Currently Bantul Regency has 1,920 mobile library service points reached by five mobile cars. Two of the cars are grant from National Library in 2005 and 2017. "We mobilise the mobile library in Bantul to reach communities, for example in the craftsmen's area. We provide books about handicraft business development. We hope that with this step library can have a direct impact on the welfare of Bantul community," explained Singgih.
However, obstacle experienced by Bantul Regency Library Service Office is lack of books. This becomes an obstacle to literacy development programme that has been implemented, thus the programme has not been as expected. Not yet fulfiling public needs. "We ask National Library for assistance," added Heru Sudibyo, Head of Commission A of DPRD Bantul Regency.
Responding to obstacle experienced by Bantul Regency, Head of P3MB, Deni Kurniadi, said that library must indeed develop and no longer wait to be visited. "We appreciate the efforts carried out by Bantul Regency Library Service Office," he said.
Furthermore, Deni explained, as the institution fostering library development, National Library supports regional libraries through several programmes. One of them is Library Physical Special Allocation Fund (DAK) programme. "In 2019, Bantul Regency received 440 million for DAK," he added.