Choa Chu Kang Public Library
Choa Chu Kang Public Library is a public library on the 4th floor of Lot One, Choa Chu Kang. The library generates an average of 1.3 million loans each year. The library was first opened on 22 February 1997 on the 3rd floor of Lot One, it was opened by the Environment, Yeo Cheow Tong. The library had an area of 1,477 square-metres and a book collection of about 174,663 volumes and a journal collection of 9,837 volumes; the library was the first in Singapore to install self-check machines for borrowing and returning of books. It was prototyped with Borrower's Enquiry Machines with CashCard payment in June 1998; the library had a Customer Service counter which displays a picture of the last tiger to roam this part of Singapore. The library was closed on 1 November 2008 for the relocation; the library was relocated to the 4th floor for a larger space area. It was reopened on 21 November 2008 by the Member of Parliament for Zaqy Mohamad; the new library had its seating capacity increased from 93 to 233.
It has new shelves and new books. The new library was 38% larger than the one on the third floor; the library was inspired by the nearby farming industries in Lim Chu Kang and Kranji. The design concept of the Choa Chu Kang Community Library steers towards the serenity of nature, with the use of green and wood tones; the library has 190,000 volumes comprising magazine titles, fiction titles and non-fiction titles. The Children's Collection has about 74,000 volumes while the Adults' Collection contains 95,240 volumes of books. There are 10 newspaper titles; the library collection will grow to 210,000 volumes by the first quarter of 2009. The library has facilities that include Online Public Access Catalogue Multimedia Stations Self-service Borrowing Stations Library e-Kiosks Bookdrop'Storytelling zone"Talk zone' The library opens from Monday to Sunday at 11 am to 9pm; the library only opens till 5 pm on New Year's Eve and the eve of Chinese New Year. It closes on public holidays; the bookdrop is open from 10 am to 10 pm daily.
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Library@harbourfront known as Bukit Merah Public Library is a public library located at VivoCity, Singapore. It is the largest shopping mall public library in Singapore. Called Bukit Merah Branch Library, it serves the residents of Tanjong Pagar, Bukit Merah, Tiong Bahru and Telok Blangah; the library was opened on 28 December 1983 by the Minister-without-Portfolio and Member of Parliament for Bukit Timah Mr Lim Chee Onn officially. On 29 December 1983 the library was open to public, it is the first branch library to have an audiovisual section. The library closed for renovation from 28 December 2004 to 25 February 2005, it was reopened by the Parliamentary Secretary, MINDEF and Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC and Associate Professor Koo Tsai Lee. In December 2018, the library ceased operations and was subsequently relocated to VivoCity as announced in 2017. At its current location the nearest MRT station to it is HarbourFront. Bukit Merah Branch Library was planned in 1972, with the intention of being located at Telok Blangah New Town Centre, due to issues in securing the land the project was postponed.
A new site for the library was found in February 1975. It was to have 4 storeys, this was reduced to 3; the library was renamed as Bukit Merah Community Library when National Library became a statutory board on 1995. The library was renamed as Bukit Merah Public Library after its renovation. From Saturday, 12 January 2019, Library@Harbourfront was open. Located on the 3rd floor of Vivocity, the library is designed with two distinct zones appealing to adults and children; the children's section is designed to help young readers to learn through technology. The adults and teens section will be run by volunteers who will help to shelve books. In place of physical newspapers, there are 16 e-newspaper reading stations, the most of its kind in Singapore. National Library Board List of libraries in Singapore National Library Board
Library@chinatown is a library in Chinatown, Singapore. It is located inside Chinatown Point; the nearest MRT station is Chinatown MRT Station. The library was opened on 31 January 2013 by Acting Minister for Culture and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Mr Lawrence Wong, it is NLB's first library run by volunteers. The library was designed by Multiply Architects LLP and the library was completed on 2012; the library is on the 4th floor of the mall. There is a small section of materials in spoken Chinese dialects. There is a section for electronic newspapers. National Library Board Libraries in Singapore Official website
Library@esplanade is a public library managed by Singapore's National Library Board. It is located on the third floor of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay at Marina Centre, sited within Singapore's Downtown Core. Library@esplanade is Singapore's first public library for the performing arts, it is one of the few libraries in the world to be located within a performing arts complex, is the second specialised boutique library in Singapore, after library@orchard. Library@esplanade was established as part of the Government of Singapore's plan to develop the nation into a renaissance city of the 21st century; the objective of the library was to bring the performing arts to the general public and vice versa. Its specialised book collections and information services seek to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the performing arts for people from all walks of life with the aim of demystifying the arts as an elitist luxury; the library was opened on 12 September 2002, by Khaw Boon Wan Senior Minister of State for Transport and Information and the Arts.
Spanning a floor area of 2,300 square metres, the layout plan of library@esplanade comprises four clusters or "villages" for music, dance and film on the same level. This arrangement seeks to create a conducive environment that supports creativity and entertainment for both the layperson and the professional artiste; the library features an exhibition space known as the Innovation Gallery, a performing stage equipped with a glass projection wall and a miniature grand piano, a practice room with an upright piano and an electronic keyboard, screening rooms with home theatre systems, music sampling posts, a dance alley, a ″Silent″ Studio with electronic drums and instruments for the public to use, a special collection room with an archive on the performing arts scene in Singapore. There is a café in the library, operated by a private vendor. Library@esplanade has a start-up collection of about 50,000 volumes of performing arts materials in both print and electronic formats; the collection comprises books on history and biography, instructional textbooks and magazines, play scripts, dance notations, music scores.
There is a small fiction section on novels that films are based on. The library has audio-visual materials that include classical and pop music CDs, as well as DVDs, VCDs and videotapes of films, dance performances and orchestral performances, Broadway theatre productions. There are journals and directories available for reference; the collection is international in scope, with an emphasis on the performing arts in Singapore and Asia. Like library@orchard, library@esplanade does not have any children's books; the library works with practitioners and groups in the local performing arts scene to deliver programmes that reach out to various target audiences. Some of library@esplanade's regular programmes include Esplanade Co.'s Festival programmes, SSO Pre-concert talks, music performances and recitals, talks by industry veterans and arts practitioners, as well as film screenings. The programmes are held on weekends at the Open Stage, updated programme listings can be found on the library@esplanade's Facebook page.
The library regularly features exhibitions at four main areas - Glass Display, Innovation Gallery, Dance Village, Music Village. Notable exhibitions include displays on the Cultural Medallion Recipients in the Performing Arts, highlights from MusicSG, as well as costume displays. Culture of Singapore Dance in Singapore Music of Singapore Eunice Quek, Kok Tse Wei. "How the libraries stack up". The Straits Times. P. S6. National Library Board
The Straits Times
The Straits Times is an English-language daily broadsheet newspaper based in Singapore owned by Singapore Press Holdings. Singapore Press Holdings claims that the print and digital editions of the newspaper have a daily average circulation of 383,600, it was established on 15 July 1845 as The Straits Times and Singapore Journal of Commerce, There are specific Myanmar and Brunei editions published, with a newsprint circulation of 5,000 and 2,500 respectively. The Straits Times was started by an Armenian, Catchick Moses. Moses's friend, Martyrose Apcar, had intended to start a local paper, but met with financial difficulties. To fulfil his friend's dream, Moses appointed Robert Carr Woods as editor. On 15 July 1845, The Straits Times was launched as an eight-page weekly, published at 7 Commercial Square using a hand-operated press; the subscription fee was Sp.$1.75 per month. In September 1846, he sold the paper to Robert Woods. On 20 February 1942, five days after the British had surrendered to the Japanese, The Straits Times became known as The Shonan Times and The Syonan Shimbun.
This name change lasted until 5 September 1945. During the early days of Singaporean self-governance, the paper had an uneasy relationship with some politicians, including the leaders of the People's Action Party. Editors were warned that any reportage that may threaten the merger between the Malayan Federation and Singapore may result in subversion charges, that they may be detained without trial under the Preservation of Public Security Ordinance Act; the Straits Times functions with 16 bureaus and special correspondents in major cities worldwide. The paper has five sections: the main section consist of Asian and international news, with sub-sections of columns and editorials and the Forum Page; the Home section consist of local news and topics on Education for Monday and Body for Tuesday, Digital for Wednesday, Community for Thursday and Science for Friday. There are a sports and finance section, a classified ads and job listing section and a lifestyle, style and the arts section titled "Life!".
The newspaper publishes special editions for primary and secondary schools in Singapore. The primary-school version contains a special pull-out, titled "Little Red Dot" and the secondary-school version contains a pull-out titled "In". A separate edition The Sunday Times is published on Sundays. Owing to political sensitivities, The Straits Times is not sold in neighboring Malaysia, the Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times is not sold in Singapore; the ban was imposed before independence in Malaysia. A specific Myanmar and Brunei edition of this paper was launched on 25 Mar 2014 and 30 October 2014, it is published daily with local newspaper printers on licence with SPH. This paper is distributed on ministries, major hotels, airlines and supermarkets on major cities and target sales to local and foreign businessmen in both countries. Circulation of the Myanmar edition stands at 5,000 and 2,500 for the Brunei edition; the Brunei edition is sold at B$1 per copy and an All-in-One Straits Times package consisting of the print edition and full digital access via online and smartphones, will be introduced in Brunei.
Launched on 1 January 1994, The Straits Times' website was free of charge and granted access to all the sections and articles found in the print edition. On 1 January 2005, the online version began requiring registration and after a short period became a paid-access-only site. Only people who subscribe to the online edition can read all the articles on the Internet, including the updated "Latest News" section. A free section, featuring a selection of news stories, is available at the site. Regular podcast and twice-daily—mid-day and evening updates—radio-news bulletins are available for free online; the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund was initiated on October 1, 2000 by The Straits Times, to heighten public awareness of the plight of children from low-income families who were attending school without proper breakfast, or pocket money to sustain their day in school. The aim is to alleviate the financial burden faced by parents in providing for their children's education. At the same time the funds will help children who are facing difficulties in remaining in school to stay on.
The Straits Times Media Club is a youth programme to encourage youth readership and interest in news and current affairs. Schools will have to subscribe for at least 500 copies, will receive their papers every Monday. A youth newspaper, IN, is slotted in together with the main paper for the students; the newspaper is sometimes referred as "the mouthpiece" of the ruling party or at least "mostly pro-government" and "close to the government". Chua Chin Hon ST’s bureau chief for the United States, was quoted as saying that SPH’s “editors have all been groomed as pro-government supporters and are careful to ensure that reporting of local events adheres to the official line” in a 2009 US diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks. Past chairpersons of Singapore Press Holdings have been public servants. Current SPH Chairman Lee Boon Yang is a former PAP cabinet minister who took over from Tony Tan, former Deputy Prime Minister. Many current ST management and senior editors have close links to the government as well.
SPH CEO Alan Chan was a former top civil servant and Principal Private Secretary of Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Current editor-in-chief Warren Fernandez was considered as a PAP candidate for the 2006 elections. In his memoir OB Markers: My Straits Times Story, former edi
Toa Payoh Public Library
The Toa Payoh Public Library Toa Payoh Community Library and Toa Payoh Branch Library is an established library located in the Toa Payoh Town Centre, opened on 7 February 1974. It consists of three floors and has a large floor area of 4125 m²; the building which the library based in once housed the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games Secretariat for the 1973 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games in Singapore. In 19 January 1973, Toa Payoh was selected as the Games Village for the 1973 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games in Singapore, the three storey building in Toa Payoh served as the quarters for the Secretariats and the various sub-committees for the event, held from 1 to 8 September 1973. Following the event, the building was converted, reopened as the Toa Payoh Branch Library in 7 February 1974 by Sha'ari Tadin, the Senior Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Culture, in the place of Jek Yuen Thong, the Minister for Culture, it changed its name to the current Toa Payoh Community Library on 1 September 1995, after the National Library Board became a statutory board.
It went under major renovation in 1997, before reopening on 9 May 1999 by Mr Wong Kan Seng Minister for Home Affairs. It featured new facilities such as the Senior Citizens' Room; the first floor has a large array of story books for children 6-12 years old, has several shelves of information books, as well as books in the four official languages of Singapore, which are English, Chinese and Tamil language. It has a ship structure within the Children's section, which shelves children's books and allows children to sit in the inside, it carries the theme of "Treasure Island", which encourages the children to imagine. One can access the neighbouring Délifrance cafe from the first floor, connected to the library; this floor has all other kinds of books, such as adult fiction, AV materials. There are several IT facilities on this floor, such as the Photocopying Room and the Cashcard-Top-up counter. On top of that, there is a Senior Citizens' Room and a Newspaper Reading Room for a quiet reading environment.
This floor used to have a lot of computers on the whole floor, less space was available for shelves and seats. These computer services were for users to have paid access to the Internet; the computers were relatively old. However, after NLB's recent upgrading of computer services, they have reduced the number to 10, upgraded the computers to newer ones as well; this floor is the Teens Zone, where there are fiction books for teenagers, as well as a large space for them to carry out project meetings
National Library, Singapore
The National Library, Singapore in Singapore is located on an 11,304-square metre site between Bugis Junction and the Bras Basah Complex at 100, Victoria Street. The current building, a 16-storey, two-block development situated in the city's Civic District, replaces the old National Library at Stamford Road, which closed on 31 March 2004; the MRT stations nearby are Bras Basah MRT Station. The library moved to its new home on 22 July 2005, it is the flagship building of the National Library Board, bringing together the core functions of the old library by incorporating a reference library, known as the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, as well as a public library, the Central Public Library, under one roof. The building designed by T. R. Hamzah & Ken Yeang consists with three basements; the blocks are linked by skybridges on every floor. It houses two libraries, the Central Public Library in Basement 1 and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library from Levels 7 to 13, it houses the Drama Centre from Levels 3 to 5, managed by the National Arts Council.
On the 16th floor, there is a closed viewing point called The Pod. It is only used for functions and events, is not a viewing gallery. From the Pod, it has a panoramic view of the island of Singapore, outlying islands, neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. There are many gardens in the building but only two are opened to the public, they offer a good view of the city, one is the Courtyard on Level 5 and the Retreat on Level 10. The building has three public panoramic elevators with a city view; the National Library Board headquarters is on the 14th floor of the building. The building has escalators from Basement 3 to the 14th storey, it has a carpark with 246 lots. On the first floor are the main entrance and a café, with a big space the Plaza and is sometimes used for exhibition space. A number of old bricks from the old building are in this new building; the National Library traces its history back to the establishment of the first public library as a result of suggestions by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore.
This library, renamed the Hullett Memorial Library in 1923, was co-located with Singapore's first school, Raffles Institution, at a site now occupied by the Raffles City complex. It moved to a separate Library and Museum Building in 1887 under the name of Raffles Library as part of the Raffles Museum, before moving to the Stamford Road premises in 1960 under the name of the National Library of Singapore opened by Yang di-Pertuan Negara of Singapore Inche Yusof Ishak; the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library is the new name of the National Reference Library. The name was changed. Therefore, the library is named after Dr Lee Kong Chian, it occupies 7 storeys at the National Library Building with a floor area of 14,265 square metres. It has a start-up collection of 530,000 non-print materials; the Library provides reference services onsite, or via email, sms and fax. It has a full range of facilities such as access to electronic databases, document delivery service, microfilm and audio-visual are available.
Other facilities at the library include wireless access to the Internet, as well as the use of reading and meeting rooms. Books from this library may be consulted on-site; these are the collections found at each level of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. Level 7 – Business and Technology Collections Level 8 – The Arts and Social Sciences Collections Level 9 – Chinese and Tamil Collection Level 10 – Donors' Collections, Asian Children's Collection Level 11 – Singapore and Southeast Asian Collection. Microfilms. Maps. Levels 12 and 13 – Rare Materials Collection List of national and state libraries Commemorating the Closing Chapter of the National Library at Stamford Road National Library Board Singapore Lee Kong Chian Reference Library UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration National Library of Singapore's Guide to its history