The National Library is responsible for providing a collection of knowledge at national level for the present and future generations.
The National Library of Malaysia is a library established under the National Library Act 1972 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The National Library is responsible for providing a collection of knowledge at national level for the present and future generations. The award winning exterior design of the building was inspired by the Tengkolok (Malay headdress) while the decorative pattern on the roof tiles resembles the patterns found on the songket (traditional woven cloth).
The library holds close to 5 million items, including books, publications, magazines, newspapers, and online materials. Books available for borrowing number over 500,000 and are in Malay, Chinese, Tamil and many other languages but over half are in English. The main functions of the National Library of Malaysia are divided into three branches: management, library development and information services. It holds an organised collection of books, other printed materials and special documents such as films and audio materials. In its current possession are the two manuscripts of Hikayat Hang Tuah.
In addition to being the country?s flagship lending library, it also serves as a central depository for Malaysia?s historical memory and culture and holds an extensive Malaysiana collection of printed materials, special documents, film and audio files of national heritage value. The library has also acquired private collections of well known Malaysian figures comprising books, journals, articles, manuscripts, documents, photos, letters and so on.