Book lovers can look forward to a new mall library – with a splendid view of Sentosa – that will open in VivoCity on 12 January 2019.
To fit its location and help patrons locate it easily, the library will be named library@harbourfront. It will be situated at level three of the VivoCity shopping mall, and conveniently linked to the HarbourFront MRT station.
“We want our libraries to be as accessible as possible, so that more patrons of all ages can make use of the library to read and learn,” said the National Library Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Elaine Ng.
The new library is relocated from Bukit Merah Central. The present Bukit Merah Public Library will cease operations from December 1, 2018.
After the library has moved out, the community’s grassroots leaders and a few social service organisations will provide a variety of services and programmes at the site. These will include a mini-library and reading corner supported by NLB.
Here are some features of the new library@harbourfront:
eNewspaper Reading Area
At the eNewspaper Reading Area, patrons will be able to get their daily news fix against a backdrop view of Sentosa. The new library will also feature sixteen eNewspaper stations.
Patrons will be able to browse from the book displays and sit down with a book at the Reading Lounge, which will house about 120 seats.
The Children's Area will be specially designed with young readers in mind, with an extensive Early Literacy collection for children aged six and below, as well as books for older children aged seven to 12. There will also be dedicated seating spaces for families to read together.
The multi-purpose Programme Zone will allow patrons to enjoy a wide range of activities such as storytelling sessions, talks, workshops, and many more. When it is not used for programmes, this convertible space will double up as a reading and studying area capable of holding 100 seats.