|The former site of the library is turned into a car parking area.|
Note the BDC buildng at left is still there in 2013 (partly hidden by the trees)
Pic taken on 19 September, 2013.
In 1978 the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) was formed. The BDA took over the library when the BDC was absorbed into BDA because the BDA's functions included municipal or local authority functions besides a planning and development agency for the Bintulu region or division. The library was subsequently re-named BDA Public Library or "Perpustakaan Awam BDA" in Malay. Soon after BDA's taking over of the library, the library was provided with air-conditoning amenities. In 1988 the library was demolished to make way for a public car parking area as in the bottom picture above. In 1988 the library was run by 8 staff and had about 20,000 book titles in various languages. Upon demolishing the library was moved to the first floor of the former BDC building. It remained at the BDC old building till 2001. However, in 2002 the library was moved out of the old building to a new permanent, bigger and more modern public library situated near to the 'Dewan Suarah' about 2 kilometers away from the town.