The Ubiquitous Library system (U-Library) is a project for Kementrian Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan (Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture) that aims to achieve the Ministry's goal of 'providing physical and digital access to knowledge resources promptly and accurately without the limitations of time and geographic location by leveraging the broadband infrastructure, RFID technology, cashless payment gateways and existing delivery channels.'
The U-Library Project will make it possible for all library users, whether living in rural or urban communities, to enjoy quick and easy access to all participating libraries in the country and the knowledge resources contained therein.
The word 'ubiquitous' in this context refers to the circulation of library resources and information to the citizens of Malaysia 'anytime, anywhere', without being constrained by time and location.
The pilot project involves the implementation of the U-library system in seven libraries in Malaysia. The seven libraries are Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia, Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor, Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Negeri Sembilan, Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Pahang, Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur and Intan Library Bukit Kiara.
The knowledge repositories of these seven libraries will be linked, thereby allowing library members to search across all participating libraries. A centralised U-Library membership and circulation database will be established along with a library portal to manage circulation transactions and inter-library lending. Pos Malaysia will be the designated service provider to deliver library materials from libraries to library members anywhere in Malaysia and vice versa, widening the circulation of information.
Cashless payment gateways will be set up using prepaid cards and Internet payment facilities to allow members to perform transactions ubiquitously. Broadband infrastructure will also be put in place for network communications between all 7 participating libraries and the U-library Data Centre.