Surga Buku Tersembunyi di Jakarta

Perpustakaan bisa dibilang merupakan surganya para kutu buku. Ada kalanya ketika stok bacaan para pembaca buku mulai menipis namun menipis pula kondisi keuangan untuk mendapat buku baru. Dalam kondisi seperti inilah perpustakaan menjadi tempat pelarian untuk memuaskan dahaga akan petualangan dari membaca buku.

Saya mungkin bukan seorang yang bisa dikategorikan sebagai kutu buku, saya cuma senang membaca dikala waktu luang. Ketika masih di sekolah, jika tidak ada tugas maka saya akan meminjam buku ke perpustakaan sekolah. Akan tetapi sejak saya lulus kuliah dan saya sudah tidak bisa meminjam dari perpustakaan universitas lagi, saya menyadari bahwa di Jakarta hampir tidak ada perpustakaan. Satu-satunya perpustakaan yang dikenal keberadaanya hanya Perpustakaan Nasional yang terletak di Jalan Salemba Raya. Yang sangat disayangkan dari Perpustakaan Nasional adalah buku-bukunya tidak bisa dipinjam keluar, padahal tidak semua orang bisa berlama-lama disana dan kembali lagi bila buku yang dibaca belum selesai.

Berawal dari rasa penasaran, maka saya mencari tahu lewat Google dan menemukan belasan perpustakaan yang terdapat di Jakarta. Dari delapan perpustakaan yang telah saya kunjungi, tiga perpustakaan berikut ini adalah yang sering saya kunjungi karena diperbolehkan untuk meminjam keluar:

1. Perpustakaan Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan

Perpustakaan KemDikBud, biasa disebut juga Library @ Senayan, terletak di Jalan Jendral Sudirman, tepatnya di samping Ratu Plaza dan tidak jauh dari halte TransJakarta Bundaran Senayan. Perpustakaannya berdampingan dengan gedung KemDikBud, dekat dari gerbang masuk. Library @ Senayan terdiri dari dua lantai, lantai dasar hanya berisi koran dan majalah sedangkan untuk koleksi buku ada di lantai atas. Disini banyak tersedia buku-buku Bahasa Indonesia maupun Bahasa Inggris, mungkin karena dulunya ini adalah perpustakaan British Council. Selain buku perpustakaan ini juga menyediakan peminjaman audio visual dari kaset DVD hingga kaset jaman dulu, VHS. Jika ingin menonton film langsung juga disediakan setidaknya sepuluh komputer lengkap dengan headphone. Fasilitas lain yang disediakan berupa wi-fi beserta beberapa komputer untuk pemakaian internet. Disini juga terdapat ruang khusus untuk anak-anak dan bila haus tersedia air minum gratis.

2. Perpustakaan Arsip 

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saunteringvaguelydownwards:

decemberpaladin:

sizvideos:

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I love how she almost drops it until she smells it and that flashbulb memory hits.

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real … Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

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kimseyprice:

Chaser | Kimsey Price | Mixed Media | 2014

kimseyprice:

Chaser | Kimsey Price | Mixed Media | 2014

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vinegod:

how i feel when i wear glasses vs how i feel without them. by AlliCattt

where’s her oscar because this is a full movie in 6 seconds

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currentsinbiology:

Fossil
Mr. Karl Deckart
Eckental, Germany
Technique: Polarized Light Illumination

currentsinbiology:

Fossil

Mr. Karl Deckart

Eckental, Germany

Technique: Polarized Light Illumination

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"Dusk Garden"
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justinmaller:

"Dusk Garden"

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earthlynation:

What’s Up, Pup? by Meg Price

earthlynation:

What’s Up, Pup? by Meg Price

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illustratedgents:

Graham Booth.

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lavanya-yojanam:

This is a quote from an Iranian war veteran who was talking about his experiences in the Iran/Iraq war.

lavanya-yojanam:

This is a quote from an Iranian war veteran who was talking about his experiences in the Iran/Iraq war.

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8 August 2014

So I was taking care of my friend’s visa at the immigration office. She couldn’t come because she had a volunteer work. I had called the office to make sure what documents I should bring. Arrived around 11, clueless, to and fro from the officials and security. Apparently the regulation stated the queuing stop at 11 and I didn’t have the chance no more but the security was super kind and gave me the number for queuing. The man wasn’t sure if it would work but still I waited until around 1 (because of the prayer break.) The number worked -thank you Mr security for smuggling it to me- I got in line, then as it was my turn the official said I should have a letter written from my friend when there was no mention of a letter at all on the phone. I was about to get really pissed until someone behind me with the same passport origin of my friend mentioning my friend’s name. Said she was a friend of my friend and she recognised my friend’s purse that I brought along. She took care of visa too but even more clueless than me, she came alone and didn’t get the number for queuing so she was rejected in an instant. Since my request couldn’t be processed so I beg the official to let her use my number and Mrs official started to sigh, tell us to wait for her call. So we waited while we were complaining and sharing stories and fixing her information which I knew it’d cause some problems later (she didn’t fill in some sections because she didn’t really know). Then when it came her turn, there were still some problems (since she lives in Depok, which is not Jakarta) but we solved it together and perhaps Mrs official knew that we were just desperate, innocent, young girls who needed to get visas done that day in which we shouldn’t get our arse up for another rubbish so she permitted me and the girl and I thanked her very much I wanted to hug her and cry of happiness because my 3 hours waiting didn’t end up in vain. And I won’t forget that Mrs official and Mr security and Mr photocopy who offered me Lebaran cheese cookies, which was tasty, and lent me a pen, yes, lent, instead of selling. And thank my friend’s purse and the smallness of the world and the strangeness of the Universe to let me meet with this new, funny friend whom I forgot to ask her name nor did I introduce myself. And come to think of it Mrs official didn’t get her name displayed, Mr photocopy didn’t have a name tag also I didn’t notice the one that Mr security put so thank you strangers I’m writing this because you people have proven me there are goodness still existing in this cruel world and I know this writing won’t probably be read or liked by anyone but yeah I’m posting it because that’s how much I like you all.

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Body love is more than acceptance of self or the acceptance of the body. Body love is about self-worth in general. It’s more than our physical appearance. We are more than what has been done to us. It’s reclamation of self. It’s a bunch of things. It’s not super light. It means self-care. We are such a society built on work, work, work. I think having self-care and time to nurture the self.
- Mary Lambert (x)

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ev4n-perks:

NOW I KNOW WHY OUR GENERATION IS SO SARCASTIC AND CYNICAL

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