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National Library in Jakarta extends closure to late May

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, March 29, 2020  /  05:36 pm
National Library in Jakarta extends closure to late May

The Elderly and Disabled People Service room on the seventh floor of the National Library of Indonesia has a collection of books about health and books in Braille. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)

The National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in Central Jakarta has extended its closure to May 29 in response to the alarming spread of COVID-19 across the capital city. 

Throughout that period, the library's online digital service remain open to visitors, including for those looking to access its International Standard Book Number (ISBN), Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), Indonesia OneSearch (IOS), online membership (K-OL) and e-Resources or Khasanah Nusantara (Khastara) services. More than 50,000 book titles are also accessible through its mobile app iPusnas for users of iOS and Android devices.

Additionally, Perpusnas provides the Tanya Pustawakan (Ask A Librarian) service that allows the public to submit queries regarding data, information, education or library materials. They may send their questions by email to [email protected] or through the live chat feature on the website.

According to a statement, the library has sprayed down the building's entire workspace and service facilities with disinfectant on March 18 and March 19 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Other than the library, Gramedia bookstores and many shopping malls across Greater Jakarta have temporarily closed down or reduced their operations due to the pandemic. (kes)

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