20 Best Libraries in Jakarta

Traveljunkieindonesia.com – Jakarta is the center of government, economic, and trade center, with an area of the city reached 661 square kilometers.

And, librarians are our friends. In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.

β€œIn a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” – Mark Twain

Ooh when I got library card, that was when my life began. Well, are you in Jakarta? and, wants to visit some libraries. So, here are 20 best libraries in Jakarta:

01. Badan Perpustakaan dan Arsip Daerah Provinsi DKI Jakarta
Jalan Cikini Raya No. 73, Komplek TIM, Jakarta Pusat 10330 | bpadjakarta.net

02. Perpustakaan Japan Foundation
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kaveling 61-62 Gedung Summitmas I lantai 2 | jpf.or.id

03. Perpustakaan Ditjen Penataan Ruang Kementrian PU
Jalan Pattimura 20, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan | pustaka.penataanruang.net

04. Perpustakaan Goethe-Institut
Jalan Sam Ratulangi 9-15 Jakarta | goethe.de | info@jakarta.goethe.org

05. Perpustakaan Public Information Center World Bank of Jakarta
Jakarta Exchange Tower Level 13, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53 | worldbank.org | wsonda@worldbank.or.id

06. Perpustakaan Freedom Institute
Jalan Proklamasi No. 41, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat | freedom-institute.org

07. Perpustakaan Regional Office Science Bureau For Asia and the Pacific UNESCO Jakarta
Jalan Galuh II/5, Kabayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan | unesco.org | jakarta@unesco.org

08. Perpustakaan Umum Jakarta Selatan
Jalan Gandaria Tengah V, Jakarta Selatan

09. Perpustakaan UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 95 Ciputat | perpus.uinjkt.ac.id

10. Perpustakaan Umum Jakarta Pusat
Tanah Abang I Kebon Jahe Jakarta Pusat | perpustakaanumum-jakpus.go.id | info@perpustakaanumum-jakpus.go.id

11. Perpustakaan Universitas Islam Jakarta
Jl. Balai Rakyat Utan Kayu Jakarta Timur | uid.ac.id | informasi@uid.ac.id

12. Perpustakaan BKKBN DKI Jakarta
Jl. Permata No. 1, Halim Perdanakusumah Jakarta | pustaka.bkkbn.go.id | bpad@bpadjakarta.net

13. Perpustakaan Pusat Universitas Negeri Jakarta
Jl. Rawamangun Muka Jakarta 13220, DKI Jakarta | lib.unj.ac.id | administrator@unj.ac.id

14. Perpustakaan Daniel S. Lev
Jalan Puri Imperium Office Plaza, UG-16 – Jl. Kuningan Madya Kav. 5-6. | danlevlibrary.net

15. Perpustakaan Diknas
Jalan Jenderal Sudirman,Β  Gedung A lantai 1 dan Mezanin, Senayan | perpustakaan.kemdiknas.go.id

16. Perpustakaan Universitas Indonesia
Gedung Crystal of Knowledge, Kampus UI, Depok | lib.ui.ac.id

17. Perpustakaan Rujak Center for Urban Studies (RCUS)
Gedung Ranuza lantai 2, Jalan Timor No. 10, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat | rujak.org

18. Perpustakaan Fakultas Ushuludin dan Filsafat UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta
Gedung Fakultas 2 lantai II Jl. Ir. H. Juanda No. 95 Ciputat, Jakarta Selatan | fuf-library.uinjkt.ac.id

19. Perpustakaan Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Ekonomi PERBANAS Jakarta
Jalan Perbanas, Karet Kuningan, Setiabudi, Jakarta Selatan | stieperbanas.ac.id | pustaka@stieperbanas.ac.id

20. Perpustakaan Nasional
Jalan Salemba Raya 28A, Jakarta Pusat | pnri.go.id

Woohoo enjoy Jakarta!

Have a suggestion for one of the best libraries in Jakarta? Add it below in the comments and I’ll try to include it in this guide!

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  1. In the presence of internet, we often neglect libraries. I, too, sometimes forget the calming atmosphere of libraries. Thanks for the reminder πŸ˜‰

  2. I am the director of the Rujak Center for Urban Studies. We are thrilled by the list, that our (very!) small and specialized urban studies library is on no. 17.

  3. This is a great reference. I work in Jakarta and I haven’t visited most libraries that are listed above. However, I have to correct one thing: Perpustakaan Universitas Indonesia (no. 16) isn’t located in Jakarta. It’s really near though, just a few kilometer from the borderline between Jakarta and West Java.

    Maybe you should change the title into: “20 Best Libraries in Jabodetabek”, so the list can include UI’s library and, my suggestion, IPB’s. I got a lot of useful reference for one of my school project at IPB’s library, and the place is pretty cozy too.

  4. which one would you suggest bringing the kids/toddlers to? i’d like to share my love for libraries with the kids

  5. Hi
    Thank you for this list. I’m an avid reader looking to move to Jakarta and was wondering how to source reading references. A question though are these open to common public? Also are some of them pure libraries for pastimes, with children and fiction reading?

    thank you once again

  6. Thanks for the list, very handy indeed, good to know there are libraries around!
    One question, in which library i can find language material, i.e. dictionaries for the Indonesian language and perhaps its dialects (Javanese, Sundanese etc). Is there any of these libraries specializing in language ? It would be helpful to know, to save me time from searching all of them, lol, as I will be in Jakarta for few days only. Thanks very much.

  7. I see that this list is a bit old now, but I wanted to take a chance and ask if you know of any music libraries in Jakarta that have a good collection? I’m struggling to find one.

  8. thanks for the list. this is just what i was looking for. reviews of the libraries would be of great use for many people. you might want to cover things like: the atmospheres, crowdedness, quietness, lightings, cleanliness, decors, etc.

  9. Thanks for the list, very handy indeed, good to know there are libraries around!
    My question is, in which library i can find the following books:
    1-Practical Applications of Infrared Thermal Sensing and Imaging Equipment by Herb Kaplan (ISBN-10: 0819467235 | ISBN-13: 978-0819467232 | Edition: 3)
    2- Common Sense Approach to Thermal Imaging (SPIE Press Monograph Vol. PM86) by Gerald C. Holst.
    3- The Infrared Handbook by Wolfe and Zissis. (ID Numbers: OL16868378M
    4- Infrared Thermal Imaging Fundamentals, Research and Applications. By Vollmer and Mollmann.(ISBN 10:3527407170
    ISBN 13: 9783527407170)
    5- Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials by Infrared Thermography. By Maldague. (ISBN 3540197699, 9783540197690)
    6- Basic Infrared Thermography Principles. Author Wayne Ruddock. PublisherReliabilityweb.com, 2010
    ISBN0983225818, 9780983225812
    Perhaps is there any of these libraries specializing in this field? It would be helpful to know, to save me time from searching all of them, as I will be in Jakarta for few days only. Thanks very much.

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