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Best Bookstores and Libraries in Penang

By Betsy Burlingame

William Russell
William Russell

Summary: What are the best bookstores and libraries in Penang? In this article we highlight the best bookstores and libraries in Penang.

Gerakbudaya Bookshop

Gerakbudaya is a bookstore that offers a wide range of books focusing on social, political, and cultural topics, as well as literature and children's books. It is known for supporting local authors and independent publishers.

Website: www.gerakbudayapenang.com
Address: 78, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Areca Books

Areca Books specializes in publishing and retailing books on Penangn heritage, culture, and history. It is a great place for those interested in local and regional literature.

Website: www.arecabooks.com
Address: The Star Pitt St., 15 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, 10200 Penang, Malaysia

BookXcess Gurney Paragon

BookXcess is a bookstore chain known for offering a wide selection of books at discounted prices. The Gurney Paragon outlet provides a comfortable reading environment and a vast collection of books.

Website: www.bookxcessonline.com
Address: L6-16, Level 6, Gurney Paragon Mall, 163D-6-16, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang, Malaysia

MPH Bookstores Gurney Plaza

MPH Bookstores is one of the largest retail bookstore chains in Malaysia. The Gurney Plaza branch offers a comprehensive range of books, stationery, and educational materials.

Website: www.mphonline.com
Address: 170-B1-32, Plaza Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Penang, Malaysia

Popular Book Co. (M) Sdn Bhd

Popular Bookstore is a household name in Malaysia, offering a wide variety of books in English, Chinese, and Malay, as well as stationery and multimedia products.

Website: www.popular.com.my
Address: 6G-1-3, All Seasons Place, Lebuhraya Thean Teik, Bandar Baru Air Itam, 11500 Penang, Malaysia

Penang State Library - Seberang Jaya Branch

The Penang State Library in Seberang Jaya is a public library that provides a wide range of resources and services, including books, periodicals, and digital media for research and leisure reading.

Address: Jalan Perpustakaan, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Penang State Library - Tanjung Bungah Branch

This branch of the Penang State Library serves the Tanjung Bungah area, offering a quiet space for reading and study, with a collection that caters to all ages.

Address: 69, Jalan Chan Siew Teong, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia

George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) Resource Centre

The GTWHI Resource Centre is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of George Town's heritage. It offers a specialized collection of books, journals, and reports on heritage and culture.

Website: www.gtwhi.com.my
Address: 116 & 118 Lebuh Acheh, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Penang Digital Library

The Penang Digital Library is the first of its kind in Malaysia, providing a digital-based library service with a modern and comfortable environment for reading and learning.

Website: www.penangdigitallibrary.com
Address: No. 135, Jalan Masjid Negeri, 11600 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Wawasan Open University Library

The Wawasan Open University Library supports the university's distance learning programs and is open to the public. It offers a variety of academic resources and study spaces.

Website: www.wou.edu.my
Address: 54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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