This poster would show how a public library was transformed as a shelter to help those affected by the floods in Selangor in December 2021.
When heavy downpour caused floods in many areas in Shah Alam—the capital city of Selangor—on Saturday, 18 December 2021, resulting in three remaining library staff members and around 40 library visitors to be stranded at the Raja Tun Uda Library, the management took a drastic decision to convert the library as a shelter.
A social media announcement was put up about the library being opened as shelter that evening, and more people who were also stranded nearby came to the library. The number increased the next day to 114 people, and 133 on the third day since the flood.
Thanks to the social media announcement, various forms of aid from individuals, associations and agencies poured in such as foods, clothes, blankets, pillows, and even mattresses.
As the number of flood victims grew and more people needed help in nearby cities, the library management then converted more space in the library to become the second home for them.
We’d show more in the poster how the library becomes relevant and adds value to people’s lives during the climate change situation. We worked hand in hand with different parties to mobilize aid including foods and basic necessities, even for post-flood recovery process.