Kata Rocks
Oak Maedow Phuket BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Paying for the pleasure to read

Paying for the pleasure to read

One thing I miss from home is the libraries. The peace and quiet, and the books. I recently went to join a library in Phuket Town that my wife told me about, and I was astounded to be asked to pay a fee to join.


By The Phuket News

Sunday 6 September 2015, 02:00PM


The library near Baan Bang Neow School is public, but it costs to join. Photo: Google Maps

The library near Baan Bang Neow School is public, but it costs to join. Photo: Google Maps

The fee was pretty steep, considering it was supposed to be a government library, which I thought would be free to join. Why do government libraries charge joining fees?

– Samuel, Chalong

 

Answer

The membership fees for joining our libraries are: B50 for people aged under 15, B100 for people aged 15-25; and B300 for people for over 25. This is a standard fee for all public libraries in Thailand.

We do not receive much support from the government to keep them open, and what we do receive is not enough to cover all library expenses, such as staff salaries, electricity and all basic office expenses.

Each year, Phuket City Municipality has to support them with our own budget. We have to cover the shortfall for all their expenses.

In addition to the membership fee, all you need to bring to join a public library is a copy of your ID card (for Thais) or your passport (for foreigners). You will also need to bring two current one-inch photos clearly showing your face.

However, we do have free-of-charge libraries supported by the Non-formal and Informal Education Association (KorSorNor). They are also known as your local “Chalerm Rajkumari Public Library”. There are three such libraries in Phuket: on Haad Patong Rd in Patong, in Thalang, and one near the Governor’s residence in Phuket Town.

This library is the easiest to join. All you need to bring is your ID card or passport. Membership is free.

– Thawatchai Tongmang, Chief Administrative Officer (Palad), Phuket City Municipality.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

prosinger | 23 October 2015 - 05:34:00

Wow. You are such a cheap Charlie. 300 baht is not a lot for the pleasure of availing yourself to reading material. You would soon cut that out if you were to buy foreign newspapers. Remember that Thailand is no different than foreign countries in that all public amenities are paid by taxes. Do your bit and pay the fee. Even it is a way of helping the library keep the doors open

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket Opinion: Thai Immigration’s forgotten expats

A good and fair comment straight from the hip. I cannot believe all the unnecessary red tape that th...(Read More)


Retiring Navy chief praises Phuket division for fight against ‘influential people’

how about the jet ski owners who operate an illegal business? maybe too close to home to do anything...(Read More)


Three injured as Rawai beachfront footpath collapses

Looks like very little social distancing...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration confirms no fee for letter confirming address

Two years ago I complained to the Immigration hotline about Patong simply refusing to issue such a ...(Read More)


Ferry capsizes off Koh Samui, 7 missing

@DeKas...read again..."They managed to safely plucked from the stormy sea nine people - seven f...(Read More)


Ferry capsizes off Koh Samui, 7 missing

Kurt,the skipper is dead. How you want to hold him accountable in court ?...(Read More)


Special groups of foreigners can now enter

"In EU are no cheap work forces" Haha Kurt,joke of the day ! Wondering why I paid for wor...(Read More)


Retiring Navy chief praises Phuket division for fight against ‘influential people’

A show parade for self satisfaction and make subordinates understand their 'non position' in...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration confirms no fee for letter confirming address

Went in for 2 letters. 600 baht. Asked for recipt. Now it was suddenly free...(Read More)