Pustaka Negeri Sarawak is more than just a library. It is a hub of activity offering the entry to a world of limitless life-long learning, exciting range of exhibitions and workshops as well as pristine nature.
Whether you like some solitude amid nature, checking out new books or picking up a new skill, Pustaka have got you covered. Here are five best things to do when you visit Pustaka Negeri Sarawak.
1. Engage your five senses at Sensory Garden
There is nothing more pleasant than a stroll at a garden where you can smell the sweet fragrance of flowers and be awed at its colourful petals. Sensory garden is a type of garden that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life, as it enables an individual to engage their entire five senses of sight, smell, sound, taste and touch.
At Pustaka’s Sensory Garden, you can observe, touch and smell 38 varieties of plant species. A few notable plants include the Japanese honeysuckle and the calamansi.
Besides, there’s also footpaths’ tactile paving and braille on the information stands, which offers convenience for the visually impaired.
2. Bird watching
Bird watching is another trend that allows one to observe the natural world and reconnect with nature. And Sarawak offers superb birdwatching activities. One excellent birding site in Sarawak happens to be at Pustaka!
Several birds that have been spotted here, including the Stork-billed Kingfisher, Brown-throated Sunbird and the Common Lora.
So, fellow birders, bring your binoculars and long lens when you come here!
3. Taste local Sarawak fare
Don’t leave Pustaka without tasting a delicious fare of Sarawakian dishes sold at Window on the Lake (WOL) café. Among the specialties here include the Nasi Goreng Aruk, Tumpik, Linut, and Bandung Goreng – if you’re a regular at Pustaka, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.
Paired with a serene lake view, you’ll definitely want to come back for more!
4. Discover new books
Of course, one of the main reasons people come here is to enlighten themselves with the vast expanse of knowledge available in the world.
From psychology to statistics to culture and even the latest hip magazines, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak has all kinds of reading material that you can imagine! You might even be overwhelmed by it!
However, best to have a clear idea on what you’re looking for in advance so you can make the most of your time there.
If you want know what books are available for borrowing, check out their official social media, where they introduce books almost every day. Other than that, you can also browse their online catalogue at https://pustaka.librarynet.com.my/Angka.sa2/pustaka/OpacBasicSearch.htm?mobile=true
5. Play some music
Did you know that you could try playing some musical instruments at Pustaka? Bet you didn’t’!
In conjunction with Pustaka’s 20th century this year, the library just introduced Beatspace @ Pustaka. This is an open space is located near the library’s indoor fountain. At Beatspace, everyone is welcome to try their hands-on musical instruments such as the piano, guitar, drums and so much more.
If you’re planning to try Beatspace @ Pustaka, do contact the person in charge prior to your appointment.
And there you have it! Some of the best things to do when you step visit Pustaka Negeri Sarawak.