A Trip to Pustakalana: the little hidden place full of treasure

After many weeks passed (actually it’s MONTHS lol), I can take my breath from tasks and assignments. I could sleep normally, even longer than usual. Haha. Thankss to the lecturers at uni, who always  help me by giving easy ttasks and replace final exams with easier things to do at home.

Since I have extra time to do leisure activities, I have to go out more too! Recently I visited Pustakalana, a children library in Bandung. It was 8.1 km away from home, the journey took more than 40 minutes. It was worth it.

As I said before, Pustakalana is a children library. So, its collection was books with kidlit genre (mostly). Picture books, small toys, a few of them are novels for middle aged person, and reference books (about paintings and american literature). Kidlit is my favorite book genre. Found a library that collects kidlit books is like heaven to me! I feel like I found a match for life haha! Ok, that’s overreacting….

Not only books, Pustakalana also held some activities which is good for children and their parents (who already become a member). For example, Mother Goose Club, the staff will teach the children how to sing nursery rhymes. Thus, Parents Club, the staff and group of parents will discuss how to take care of their children. There are 3-4 clubs in total. Exclude other activities that collab’ with local communities.

So far, Pustakalana is the most unique library I’ve ever visited. Why? The membership system is unusual. And I think it’s the most expensive one.

The membership divided in 4 types: Kelinci, Beruang, Kangguru, and Dinosaurus. To become a member, you must pay Rp 50.000 as administration fee. This payment only done once in a lifetime. After pay the administration fee, you must pay again for the membership package of your choice. Every membership has its own expire date, maximum number of books that can be brought to home, refill cards, and the bonus features.

Kelinci, the membership card I’ve used until now, has conditions like this: 2 books max.s to be loaned, 2 children access, and the membership card only lasts 3 months. Children access means you can bring 2 children with you. But, what if you don’t have any? Well, you can bring any kids, even if it has no family relationship with you. And remember, you’re responsible to any activities they’ve done =)) It’s important to watch the kids when you’re in the library. Some books are old and rare…

I choose this membership card because I’m afraid if I loan too many, I’ll never finish it. I have many unread books at home too.

Speaking of refill card, refill card is the thing that makes this library more unique. Special library in average has a loaning & membership system like this: we pay for the membership/ admin fee to be a member, and we pay again (per books) to brought the books to home. With the refill card, you don’t have to pay again when you want to loan Pustakalana’s books. Refill card is a card that has 15 circles on it, when books are borrowed by you, the circles will be crossed. When the circles are all crossed, you can’t borrow a book anymore. Yeah it’s a cool thing to show you how many books that can be loaned.

“Does it means, Kelinci member can only borrow 15 books in total?”

Haha, no. The number of circles that will be crossed varies. The more valuable the book, the more circles will be crossed. It depends on the label colors and the type of book of your choice:

  1. Novel/ textbook: HC (thick = 3 circles, thin = 2 circles), Softcover (thick = 3 circles, med = 2 circles, thin = 1 circle)
  2. Board books: HC (2-3 circles), softcover (1-2 circles)
  3. Picture books: HC (blue label [3 circles], green label [2 circles]), softcover (blue label [2 circles], green label [1 circle]

If you late to return the books, you’ll be charged Rp 2000 per book per day

Long story short, Refill Card only shows you maximum number of books to be brought to home. If your Refill Card runs out, you can buy another refill card (Rp 50.000) or change your membership type, or just read the book on-the-spot. To upgrade your membership type, you only have to pay the price for the membership package of your choice only (:

Interesting right? Does my post makes you more curious about Pustakalana? Do you have any plan to visit this library some day? I’ll post more about my visit to other library (or a bookstore, or a craft store). Thank you for reading this far. See you next time (:

If you want to know more about Pustakalana and its agenda, feel free to visit their wordpress: https://pustakalanalibrary.wordpress.com/ or instagram: @pustakalanalibrary

Tags: children library in Bandung, libraries in Bandung, children library, library in Indonesia, children library in Indonesia, perpustakaan khusus, perpustakaan khusus di Bandung, perpustakaan anak-anak, perpustakaan anak-anak di Bandung

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