National Library of Singapore

National Library of Singapore

National Library of Singapore
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
You may want to browse or you may be seeking infomration; either way, the National Library of Singapore will suit you. Singapore is a smart country, that lives off its brains, and the library is an important resource. If you just want to look around, please do so. The averge visist is 2 hours. Han's Cafe has light meals like sandwiches and fish and chips; there's also a playground for kids. It's a very big library, there's something fo everyone.
Written July 8, 2020
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Inexology
Perth, Australia923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
I always believe that reading is a good activity for kids. I purposely took a detour to the National Library to see the beautiful section that they have for kids. The whole roof was covered with recycled plastic bottles and there was a mini tree to climb on (using stairs :)). This library also hosts different reading activities with kids which will be useful in encouraging kids to read (esp the one with reading difficulties).
Written January 3, 2016
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,455 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
I took a short break from my wandering and went inside this large, multi floor library. It had a very modern design with bright and open air floor plan that made it nice to sit back and study or read a book.

A film room, kids room, and an open air patio on the top added to the options inside.

Also on the top floor was a nice exhibit on the history of the National Library which is worth a browse if you have time and an interest.
Written October 8, 2019
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Ng_Wesley
Singapore, Singapore754 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014
This is the largest library in Singapore. You could easily spend a day in the basement searching for books. If you love books, this is worth a visit.
Written October 18, 2014
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deepaksaxena88
New Delhi, India748 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
One of the finest libraries I have ever visited, huge collection of books. Enjoyed visiting their building and collection.
Written July 23, 2013
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Edmund K
Singapore, Singapore2,781 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a modern, "green" national library seeking to be a repository of information and knowledge as well as a core for the reading movement and literary groups. Locals who compare this central library with the less modern satellite libraries throughout Singapore will rate it highly. However in my opinion it pales in iconic degree relative to the old national library at Stamford Road. This is also not one of the most beautiful libraries in the world or in Asia. If one had been to the Bhutan National Library, Beitou Library in Taiwan, Sasson Library in India or the National Peoples' Library in China, you will think that the Singapore library is just an office block. I am not even comparing against Bibliotheque in France, Escorial in Spain, or Abbey in Switzerland, Trinity in Ireland or the Central Library of Vancouver. It is a library built on a very tight piece of land; possibly due to high land costs.

The note for international travellers is:

1) Visit this library and spend no more than 15 mins for photo-ops as part of a larger itinerary covering places like Bras Brasah bookstores or art museums or design centre;

2) Check out their website and call in advance about events. A visit that tie in with events is always more meaningful than a mere look-see;

There is a cafe on the ground floor. There are no souvenier shops. I can't see how it can be rated as an attraction for international travellers.

The library is between the City Hall subway and Bugis Junction subway stations.
Written November 16, 2014
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dreamz02
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Family
It is really huge with every possible Books , movies etc available
Very peaceful seating with the view of the city
Written September 1, 2014
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225phil
Perth, Australia294 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
Located at victoria street and near to the MRT train station, it is centrally positioned.There are many books of various kinds and journals in particular SES journal where I gather data for my research project in finance at Victoria University
Written August 27, 2014
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Lawa94
Singapore11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Family
Quiet, brightly lit and conducive - a perfect place to study! Not to mention power sockets are available.
Written January 23, 2014
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PhongPlus
Da Lat, Vietnam73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
i love this place, it gave me a lot of information of Singapore culture & People. I think you will appreciate these once you visit to the new country
Written January 22, 2014
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