On 11 November 2022, I had the opportunity to visit the National Library of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta. I was met by Mr Syarif Bando, Director of the National Library, and his senior management team. The visit included a tour of the building – including reading rooms, rare books room, and collections areas. It was evident that the library is well used by students and researchers.
I also had the opportunity to hear about the important work that the National Library is supporting economic and social outcomes in the communities and villages. The National Library faces unique challenges in serving a country that comprises over 17,000 islands and population in excess of 274 million.
I have included some images of my visit