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Tun Haji Mohd. Fuad Stephens, Borneo Research Library was officially opened by Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah on June 6, 1980.  The establishment of the library was brought about by the Research Department of Yayasan Sabah with the assistance of a temporary committee consisting of the Chief Librarians of MARA Institute of Technology, National Library, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Library, Sabah State Library and Sabah State Museum.


On July 17, 1993, Yayasan Sabah Board of Trustees Chairman officially agreed to rename the Library to Tun Haji Mohd. Fuad Stephens, Borneo Research Library in memory of the contribution of the late Tun Haji Mohd. Fuad Stephens and his efforts in developing and uplifting the quality of life of all Malaysians in Sabah, especially in improving education standard and knowledge.




1.       To serve as a reference, information and research source primarily for the government policy makers and planners, professional groups as well as managerial and executive personnel.

2.       To act as an information centre for Malaysian citizens in Sabah to undertake research.

3.       To promote and participate in the development and advancement of Southeast Asian Studies.

4.       To serve as a source of research with emphasis on Sabah and Borneo in general.

5.       To serve as information source for various activities, projects ventures or interests of the Yayasan Sabah Group and to maintain the institution’s archives.

6.        To serve as Yayasan Sabah Group institutional archive and repository of materials and documents for conservation and preservation.

7.       To serve and facilitate students in Sabah at tertiary level.

8.        To foster smart partnership and collaboration with other relevant agencies, locally and abroad, such as k@Borneo which was initiated in 2001 and established in 2002 is a regional cooperation on development and sharing of information on Borneo with participating institutions from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia, in particular Sabah and Sarawak. The Chief Librarian of Tun Haji Mohd. Fuad Stephens, Borneo Research Library is currently the Chairperson of the k@Borneo Steering Committee until 2013.



Collections available in the Library covers various categories such as Borneo Collection, Theses Collection, Antiquarian Collection, General Collection, Reference Collection, Serials Collection, Newspapers and Clippings Collection, Bound Newspapers Collection, World Bank Publications Collection, Prime Ministers Collection, Yayasan Sabah Group Archives Collection and Annual Reports & Pamphlets Collection.



-          Books/Material Loan Services

-          Inter-Library Loan

-          Reference and Information Searching Assistance

-          Library Orientation and Training

-          Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)

-          Digitization Services

-          Online Databases such as EBSCO, eBrary, Bernama Library & Infolink Services (BLIS) and other Online Journal Titles and DocuShare (for Selective/In-house access only)

-          Current Awareness Services (CAS)

-          Selective Dissemination Information (SDI)




-          Multimedia Services Centre

-          Audio Visual Room

-          Microfilm Reader/Printer, Microfiche Reader/Printer

-          Meeting Room

-          Open Carrels

-          Book Drop

-          Locker

The Library is open to public every weekdays from 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m., including lunch hours.



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