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09 Jan 2020

Semarang Regency Expects Mobile Library Car Assistance

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta - Semarang Regency which has 19 sub-districts with three mobile library fleets is felt to be unable to reach the public. Because within one year, it can only reaches 180 points. This was stated by the Head of Semarang Regency Library and Archives Service Office, Hendi Lestari, during a work visit with the Commission D of Semarang Regency DPRD to the National Library Service Building, Thursday (1/9).

"At present we have three mobile library cars. One is the procurement from the Regional Income and Expenditure Budget (APBD) while the other two are assistance from the National Library. Due to Semarang's vast area, the three fleets have not been able to reach the entire community. In one year, it can only reach one point. For that, we propose application for assistance of the mobile library car," he said.

Furthermore, Hendi explained the library condition in his area is already in accordance with the National Library program, namely the transformation of library based on social inclusion. Besides providing reading service, the library also functions as a center for community activities.

"The library is not only a place for reading and borrowing books, but also a lot of activities carried out here such as training. We synergize with various communities, for this activity. For reading service there are two places namely the Office of Library and Archives Service Office and the library in Ambarawa which in 2019 received Special Allocation Funds (DAK) assistance," he explained.

A similar thought was also expressed by the Head of the Commission D of Semarang Regency DPRD, Pujo Pramujito, that he has a commitment to develop library in his area. This is done to increase public reading interest. In addition, Pujo also appreciated the National Library, which also has ipusnas that could be emulated by Semarang Regency.

"I appreciate it because it not only serves reading material in the form of books but there is also ipusnas which all people can access through devices. This can be an example so that people are interested to read," he said.

Meanwhile, the Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando said, that the reading culture in Indonesia is not low but at present there is not enough reading material that suits the needs of the community. "The library has now been transformed, becoming a place for community activities such as training. From these activities it is expected to be able to improve people's welfare," he said. Syarif also appealed to the Semarang Regency Library and Archives Service Office to make books about Semarang Regency history, origin, culture and potency.

Reporter: Wara Merdekawati

Photographer: Ahmad Kemal Nasution

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