“A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life…” -Henry Ward Beecher
Finding a library in Singapore is never a problem. I’m so glad that there are more than 20 Public Libraries where I can read and borrow books. Anyone has an access to magazines, historic newspapers, arts, DVDs, e-readers and reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias and many more. And oh, library users are allowed to borrow books from one library and return them at a different location. Wow, right? Actually there are lots of reasons why I love the libraries here in Singapore, but a few of the main reasons are listed below.
“I love the libraries in Singapore because…”
… they give me an excuse to turn off my mobile phone, sit in silence and read quietly while enjoying the scenery.
…they allow me to travel the world, discover new languages and encounter numerous adventures –under the same roof. They also allow me to try out new authors and find ‘mystery reads’.
…they have wonderful staff. Librarians are professionally trained; they are giving their best to help me find what I’m looking for and directing me in the right section. Yup, they are so lovely and helpful.
…they have a very wide variety selection of books and DVD’s to borrow. Overall, the Public Libraries provide an extensive collection of over 9 million books and special materials in various formats (like audio-visuals, microfilm and manuscripts).
…there is something for everyone from all age groups to enjoy. For example, a teen’s corner where teenagers can feel right at home – with casual seating, multi-functional furniture and a doodle wall for self-expression and to hold discussions at.
“Libraries are the place where experience meets narrative – where the “real world” touches stories, imaginings, memories, histories, designs, plans, and dreams.”
Some people say libraries are irrelevant because everything’s online now. Well, that’s not true. Not everything is online, and even when it is, not everyone is able or willing to access it. So if you are a bookworm or just want to unwind and read a few books, here’s the list of public libraries that you can visit in Singapore – List of Libraries in Singapore