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HISTORY & CHRONOLOGY

1953 The first state library in Sabah was established as a section of the Broadcasting and Information Department.
1966 The library merged with the Sabah Museum to form the Libraries and Museum Department.
1972 The Library and Sabah Museum was separated and the Library Department was formed. The Library Department was administered under the Ministry of Social Welfare.
1976 The administration of this department was passed to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and its name was changed to 'Sabah State Library'.
1982 Jurisdiction of the state library was once again handed over to the Ministry of Social Services.
1987 The Sabah State Library moved into the computer technology era.
1988 1) URICA, the computerised library system of the Sabah State Library was launched officially by the Yang Berhormat Datuk Ariah Tengku Ahmad, Minister of Social Services.
2) The Sabah State Library Enactment was passed at the State Legislative Assembly. The Act empowers the State Library to prosecute any offender who violates library rules and regulations.
1990 OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) was launched by the late Yang Berhormat Datuk Jawawi Haji Isa, Assistant Minister of Social Services.
1993 Sandakan Regional Library was officially opened on the 21st December 1993 by Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Chief Minister of Sabah.
1994 Another regional library - Tawau Regional Library was officially opened on the 16th February 1994 by the Chief Minister YAB Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
1995 1) Internet Service was introduced to the public.
2) Keningau Regional Library was officially opened by Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Kurup, Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Industrial Development on the 30th October 1995.

 

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