About Us

PERPUN started out as the Standing Conference of National and Academic Libraries in Malaysia and Singapore or SCONALMAS. But the name was changed to the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries (SCONUL). The Malay equivalent of SCONUL became more popular and up till now, this group of librarians is known as Persidangan Pustakawan Universiti dan Negara or simply PERPUN. The members of PERPUN then were the libraries of Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (PNM), University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Till today, the name remains and PERPUN now has as its members 20 public universities, the National Library of Malaysia and five government-linked companies or GLC university libraries bringing the total number to 26 members (Table 1).

Table 1: PERPUN members

No. Members Year of establishment of university Type of university
1 Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia 1972 National library
2 Library,
Universiti Malaya (UM)
1961 Public
3 Hamzah Sendut Library,
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
1969 Public
4 Tun Seri Lanang Library,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
1970 Public
5 Sultan Abdul Samad Library,
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
1971 Public
6 Sultanah Zanariah Library,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
1975 Public
7 Library,
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM)
1983 Public
8 Sultanah Bahiyah Library,
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
1984 Public
9 Center for Academic Information Services,
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
1992 Public
10 Library,
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
1994 Public
11 Siti Hasmah Digital Library,
Multimedia University (MMU)
1996 GLC
12 Tuanku Bainun Library,
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
1997 Public
13 Library,
Universiti Tenaga Malaysia (UNITEN)
1997 GLC
14 Information Resource Centre,
Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
1997 GLC
15 Library,
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
1998 Public
16 Tun Abdul Razak Library,
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
1999 Public
17 Sultanah Nur Zahirah Library,
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
1999 Public
18 Tunku Tun Aminah Library,
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
2000 Public
19 Library,
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTEM)
2000 Public
20 Library,
Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
2001 Public
21 Library,
Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMaP)
2001 Public
22 Tan Sri Dr Abdulah Sanusi Digital Library,
Open University Malaysia (OUM)
2001 GLC
23 Library and Resource Centre,
Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL)
2002 GLC
24 Library,
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)
2005 Public
25 Library,
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
2006 Public
26 General Tun Ibrahim Library,
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
2006 Public

PERPUN meets regularly to discuss various issues of common interest to the member libraries. It includes the establishment of electronic library network between university libraries, current information services, subscription of databases and publication delivery services between Malaysian academic libraries. They meet every quarterly with each library taking turns to host the meetings.

Since 2005, PERPUN has actively produced a number of projects which benefits the Malaysian students and scholars. Among the projects are: Malaysian Theses Online (MyTO), Inter Library Loan (MyUShare), Malaysian Academic Repository (MALRep) and Malaysian Academic Library Union Catalog (MALCat).

Within PERPUN, there are ten Special Interest Groups (SIGs) serving the specific needs of the member libraries. Each SIG is headed by a member library (Table 2) and they hold scheduled meetings to share knowledge and experiences. Membership of these SIGs are not confined to PERPUN members only but is opened to any library or information centre that has an interest in the group.

Table 2: SIGs in PERPUN

No. Special Interest Group Chair
1 Acquisitions UMK
2 Architecture UiTM
3 Engineering UniMAP
4 Islam USIM
5 Key Performance Indicators UTM
6 Law Librarians’ Group UM
7 Malaysian Online E-Resources Consortium (MOLEC) UM
8 Malaysian Information System Librarians (MySyL) UPSI
9 Medical Librarians’ Group UKM
10 Metadata UTEM


This acronym stands for the Malaysian University Libraries & National Library Network and is now the name for PERPUN’s official portal.