Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Library
The Reference Section is located on 2nd and 3rd floors of the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka
The Reference Section has three units; namely the General Reference which is situated
on the Second Floor, second unit is the Bruneiana / Southeast Asian / ASEAN Collections,
and the third unit is the Multimedia Unit both situated on the Third Floor.
All materials on the Third Floor are Closed Access and library users should ask librarians
in their respective units in order to get these materials.
The Bruneiana and the Southeast Asia/ASEAN Collections
The Bruneiana Collection
The Bruneiana Collection consists of materials published or issued in or about Negara
Brunei Darussalam regardless
of the language and where published.
The objective and the ideas of this collections is to promote the study, accumulate
materials pertaining to Brunei
Darussalam through the acquisition, preservation, organisation and exploitation of
printed and non printed material
Some materials are dated back to 1906 such as Brunei Annual Report 1906. Some titles
that can be listed out are;
1. Darah Kedayan - 1957
2. Adat Istiadat Di Raja Brunei - 1958
3. Shaer Rakis - 1961
The Southeast Asia/ASEAN Collections
The Southeast Asian/ASEAN Collections consist of a collection of books and other
materials about the countries of Southeast Asia, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia,
Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Beside this collection,
we have a special collection on ASEAN as an organisation.
These collections are especially strong on subjects such as social life, culture,
economics, politics and the development of national heritage of each country. Apart
from monographs, there are a number of magazines, newsletters, leaflets, conference
papers and press cutting. The code use is 'AT' (Asia Tenggara).
The Multimedia Units
The Multimedia Units house various kinds of media in various format. These materials
include audio and video cassettes, films, maps, photographs, microforms, CD-ROMs
etc. This unit also keeps the first day covers issued bythe Postal Services Department
of Brunei Darussalam.
This unit is located on the Third Floor. Library users who wish to consult these
materials are requested to ask the officer in-charge and are requested to fill in
forms by specifying the titles, materials and format of the information.
The General Reference
The General Reference on the second floor is provided with reference books of general
matters, Special Collections and Newspapers and Serials. The reference books consist
of reference tools such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, indexes and abstracts
in monographic form, bibliographies, almanacs, directories, handbooks, press cutting,
etc. The objective of this collection is to help library users to retrieve information
in simple and fast way and to get as much information as possible through these reference
tools and computers etc.
Materials in the collection can only be consulted in the library and are NOT ALLOWED
to be taken out for loan. All reference materials can be recognized through the 'R'
code on top of the class number pasted on each spine of a book.
The Special Collections consist of three main collections, namely Library and Information
Science, Health and Medical and the Press Cutting within the General Reference Collections.
Library Science Collections
This is an important collection for Librarians and for those interested on the librarianship
careers. This collection can be recognised with code 'O'
Health and Medical Collections
This collection was separated from the main general collection in 1996. It provides
books and press cutting about medical and health. Its main objective is to provide
users with special information about minor health problems, its symptom and how to
avoid them. Some materials are for reference only while others may be borrowed for
Press Cutting Collections
This collection is prepared and displayed at the corridor and the subject matters
range from specific Organisations, Health, Current News, Education, and many others.
This material is arranged according to alphabetical orders in the file drawer or
at the magazine file. The articles can also be accessed through computer at the general
The Newspaper and Serials
T he Newspapers and Serials are also located in the General Reference on the second
floor. Many local and foreign titles are subscribed as can be seen in the following