The Jakarta Post
The National Library of Indonesia is now open Monday to Friday and will limit its visitors to 1,000 people per day. (The National Library of Indonesia/File)
After closing its doors on March 16, the National Library of Indonesia has reopened to the public under "new normal" protocols.
Situated on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 11 in Central Jakarta, the library will be open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will limit the number of visitors to 1,000 people per day. Those who wish to visit the library are required to register online beforehand to receive QR Codes that will be scanned when they enter and exit the building.
All visitors will have their temperatures checked prior to entering the library and those whose temperatures exceed 37.3 degrees Celsius will not be allowed to enter the premises. They will be asked to use the library’s online service instead.
A National Library staff member prepares for reopening. The library closed its doors to the public on March 16. (The National Library of Indonesia/File)
All visitors will be required to wear face masks, wash their hands regularly, cough and sneeze into their sleeves or a tissue, maintain a safe distance and use gloves provided by the librarians before touching books. Books that have been read or borrowed will be disinfected for the safety of visitors.
Joko Santoso, head of the National Library’s legal and planning bureau, said that the new health protocols were made to make the library’s services more effective. “We’ve drafted these protocols for the new normal period to support the library’s reopening to the public,” Joko said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the library said its online visitors had increased by 130 percent. The library is still providing online digital services along with its Tanya Pustakawan (Ask A Librarian) service, allowing the public to submit queries about data, information, educational materials or the library’s collection. (wir/wng)
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