Book Village Malaysia Melaka was officially launched by theÂ Rt. Hon. Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, Chief Minister of Melaka on theÂ 17thÂ April 2007. Currently, its is the only book village in operation in Malaysia. It is the 5thÂ book village in Asia and the 33rdÂ in the world to be established. As a member of theÂ International Organisation of Book Towns (IOB)Â and theÂ Book Town Movement, it adopts the concept of traditional book towns and villages found around the world like in Germany, Norway and Wales but with local adaptations.
There are approximatelyÂ 15,000Â books in our book village that are available for reading, reference and purchase which are supplied by 8 resident publishers with additional support from the Melaka State Government. In addition, our book village aims to carve a niche for itself as a reference and resource centre for books and reading materials concerning the State of Melaka. This also includes books written by writers originating from Melaka. These books are housed and displayed in a special section named â€œAnjung Karyawan Melakaâ€ and they cover topics on history, tourism, culture, fiction and biographies.
Book Village Malaysia Melaka is currently managed byÂ Hang Tuah Jaya CorporationÂ which is a wholly owned state corporation.