Mutamij Tamil Library – Official Facebook

If you are versatile in Tamil and looking for suitable reading material or just want to improve your knowledge and understanding of the language, visit the Hutub Khan Muthamij Library in Sentul.

This 63-year-old library in Sentul is headed by Father Raman, 59, and lovingly managed by librarian Mrs Raman. Vasuki will take care of it.


This library was opened on the 14th. April 1958 by 19 ambitious Indians working for the Centula Railway.

Mutamij Tamil Library – Official Facebook.

In an interview with FMT, Raman said:

Originally from India, they discussed and came up with the idea of opening a library. So they found a small apartment on Jalan Ipoh for a monthly rent of $22.50.

But as time went on, the space grew along with the book collection. That’s how they ended up in Jalan Sentul in 1974, Raman says, where they raised the money to pay the higher rents.

The selected members will actually go from house to house during Thaipusam and Deepavali to solicit donations. They even organized special movie nights.

The library has 22,858 books by various authors from around the world and 2,008 books by local authors. Here you will find books on religion, literature, science, poetry, fiction and historical subjects.

Raman says he’s proud to play with pride;

We are creating a digital library to make our books more accessible. So far, we have gone through 600 books by Malaysian authors.

We were honored by the visit of the High Commissioner of India in 2019, who donated 19 books by Abdul Kalam. We also have very old books that were not even printed in India.

He says membership costs only RM50 and as a member you can borrow the book for two weeks.

Mutamij Tamil Library – Official Facebook.

If you don’t want to become a member, you can always go to the library and read books. Don’t forget to put the book on the shelf before you leave.

According to Raman, the library has 810 members and can accommodate 50 to 60 people at any given time.

We have many students who come here for research, especially for their thesis – we even have students from Pendidikan Sultan Idris University (UPSI) in Tanjong Malim, Perak.

Also, there are three Tamil schools in the area, so we get quite a few students. Last week, parents brought their children here to explore the characters in the school play.

Raman further explained to FMT,

We are in the process of contacting parents and schools to allow students from nearby schools to study here once a week. We are also in talks with an association that has floated the idea of a mobile library.

Raman smiles and recalls a friend’s prediction that libraries will soon be obsolete because books are now accessible to everyone through their phones and computers.

Raman disagrees and says: I believe that the library will continue to play an important role in our education, and I certainly see Mutamij Padippagam flourishing and serving Malaysians for many years to come.

For more information, please contact the library on 03-4041 2279 or [email protected]. If you would like to visit the library, click here to see where it is located.

Source: Malaysia free today

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