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COVID-19: National Library of Indonesia temporarily closed

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, March 16, 2020  /  03:25 pm
COVID-19: National Library of Indonesia temporarily closed

A visitor takes a photo in front of the giant bookshelf in the lobby of the National Library of Indonesia. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

The National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in Central Jakarta has been closed until March 31 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The library is temporarily closed, but people can still access the library via our digital app,” said Muhammad Syarif Bando, head of Perpusnas, in a statement.

He said that hopefully people would still be able to read amid the pandemic.

The library has a number of digital apps that are accessible by the public. iPusnas provides e-books and is available on Google Play and App Store, Indonesia OneSearch allows the public to search its collection of books and archives in Indonesia and e-Resources provides journals and other online references.

Read also: Jakpost guide to the National Library of Indonesia

The library also has e-Deposit to manage Karya Cetak and Karya Rekam or KCKR (printed and recorded works), as well as Akses Layanan ISBN (ISBN service access) for more information about International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs), or identification numbers that distinguish one book from another.

Prior to the temporary closure, the library had taken safety measures. One of these was to form Gugus Petugas Kesehatan (health team), which was tasked with checking the body temperature of each staff member and visitor before they entered the building and distributing information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the library area.

Additionally, hand sanitizers had been provided on each floor of the library buildings on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 11 and on Jl. Salemba Raya No. 28 A. (wir/wng)

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