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Public Service Library



The setting up of the Public Service Library was spurred by the rapid development of the country's civil service which is the driving force in the country's quest for advancement. It seeks to collect all forms of information - documents, artefacts and publications relating to the civil service - to be displayed for public consumption, research and reference for future generations.

Its formation was approved by the Prime Minister through his letter dated 30 October 1992. It is located in the former building of the Federal Territory Drainage and Irrigation Office, Jalan Cenderawasih, Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.

The exhibition is divided into four sections, namely Early Administration, British Administration in Malaya, Post-Independence Administration and Innovations in the Public Services. There is also a mini library for the use of researchers. The library is a landmark of excellence for the civil service and represents a work culture of distinction.

The library exhibits memorabilia associated with the civil service and represents a noble effort towards preserving a national heritage, while attempting to instil among Malaysians a sense of pride in the civil service and an acknowledgement of its contribution to the nation.

It is also hoped that it would arouse national consciousness of the importance of enhancing the effectiveness of the civil service for the sake of the country's development. Exposure to modernisation concepts in planning improvement strategies is vital for the future. This was what drove Tan Sri Dato' Seri Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid to propose the setting up of the library to Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister gave his approval in a letter dated 30 October 1992 and for the library's temporary premises at the old Drainage and Irrigation Office in Jalan Cenderawasih, Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.

It is hoped that the Library would become a landmark for the country, symbolising the excellence and work culture of the civil service.


  1. To acquire, preserve, store and safeguard archival, museum and library materials relating to the civil service.
  2. To track down materials concerning the civil service.
  3. To hold temporary exhibitions about government institutions as well as conduct outreach programmes relating to the civil service such as Forum on the History of the Civil Service, Quiz, and Writing Projects on the History of the Civil Service. 
  4. To exhibit archival, museum and library materials pertaining to the civil service.
  5. To provide research and reference facilities on the history of the civil service.


The exhibition is divided into 4 sections:

  1. Early Government Administration
    This section exhibits materials including administration charts, extracts from the constitution/laws, regulations, correspondence, seals and publications relating to the administration of the earlier governments in Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak before the arrival of the British.

  2. British Administration in Malaya
    The exhibits in this section demonstrate the diverse forms of British administration - Straits Settlements, Federated Malay States, Unfederated Malay States, British Military Administration, Malayan Union, Pre-Independence Federation of Malaya, and British rule in Sabah and Sarawak before their entry into Malaysia, and the period during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya.

  3. Post-Independence Administration
    This section displays materials relating to the system of administration and government in Malaya/Malaysia after independence. It shows the changes and developments that have taken place in the government departments as well as the creation of new agencies. Items on display include organisation charts, documents, photographs of government buildings and leading figures in the civil service.

  4. Innovations in the Civil Service
    Innovations implemented in the country's civil service are shown here. This section covers the setting up of the Malaysian Administrative, Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), administration improvement programmes, awards and quality management, government agency publications, Malaysia Incorporated, information technology, sports, etc which are presented through photographs, objects (trophies, etc), publications and video tapes.

Visiting Time

Tuesday till Thursday
10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
3.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Monday (except Public Holiday and School Holiday)
Admission is Free.
Jalan Cenderawasih,
Tel. No : 03-26945284 / 85 / 86 / 87
Fax. No : 03-26945280


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