It was the school holidays, so we decided that the Negeri Sembilan State Library was the perfect place to go to – and rather safe too with lesser crowd, since it was a weekday.
Previously located at the Wisma UMNO building in Seremban, the Negeri Sembilan State Library recently moved to Wisma PKNNS Seremban 2 in 2020. This new facility offers visitors more services, including computer rooms, discussion rooms and a mini cinema. Strategically located next to a mall and other office buildings with many restaurants and cafes to attend for a food break, this new building also has ample parking spaces so visitors can park with ease.
Kids activity zone
The highlight of the library for my seven-year-old twins was of course the huge kids activities area. Occupying about half of the ground floor space of the library, the kids area is well designed and quite ‘inviting’ for kids to spend quality time reading their favourite books. The shelves in the kids area are of a conducive height for ease of access of the books too.
Moving from the cute tepees to the colourful bean bags and to the hexagon shaped reading nooks, my kids had a tough time deciding where they wanted to settle in to get absorbed into their books. Eventually, them kiddos moved on to the toys room. My girl was busy ‘cooking up a storm’ at the mini kitchen, whereas my son was happily playing with the wooden block toys.
Great adult section
Apart from the kids area, the adult section is cool too. With a nice lounging area and seating spots, they have a great selection of multilingual magazines, reference books and story books. This was certainly a great space to get lost into my books. There is also a cyber studio for those who wish to use the facility to surf the internet. Another cool spot in the library is an area called ‘Rileks Santai’ – a spot where visitors get to just chill with a large selection of magazines and newspapers to read.
How much does a membership cost?
To be a member of the Negeri Sembilan State Library is absolutely free. All three of us (my twins and yours truly) signed up as members and ended up borrowing six books in total. Borrowing period for each book is two weeks. My twins were so excited with the books they borrowed, they finished up their books within days of borrowing them.
Our visit to the Negeri Sembilan State Library was truly a pleasant experience and we plan to return soon. With something in store for both kids and adults, it surely is a great place for the whole family to visit while cultivating reading habits among family members.
As with all places, visitors to the Negeri Sembilan State Library are expected to comply to the required SOPs of having masks on and social distancing while in the facility. The Negeri Sembilan State Library opens daily from 9am – 5pm and is closed every Monday and on public holidays.