A union catalog of Malaysian libraries was in operation from 1978 until end of 1990. It used the MALMARC System and was participated by the National Library of Malaysia (NLM) and five (5) university libraries, namely Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.(UTM)
Pusat Komputer, USM was the host and coordinator. The project came to an end when in the 1990s when the participating libraries each acquired their own integrated library system and was found to be too expensive then to integrate all the different systems.
Over the years librarians have felt the urgent need to re-establish a national union catalog for fast and easy location of materials, to facilitate inter-library loan, resource sharing, shared cataloging and document delivery among the increasing number of libraries. It is strongly felt that the advancement in ICT could provide various applications to enhance the quality of service to library users.
A National Committee, with its secretariat at NLM, has been set up in 2004. Its members met at a workshop on 19-20 October, 2004 at NLM to discuss in detail the definitions, visions, objectives, scope and the concept of KIK and propose details regarding its set-up. The proposal for the establishment of the KIK was approved by MAMPU and the Phase 1 KIK Project was launched in November 2005.