Exploring the Library @ Orchard

I took leave today to see the dentist. Nonetheless, I’ve set myself the goal of finishing a book. Since I was in town, I thought, why not check out the new library in the Orchard area?

So here I am, writing this post from the new library! I’m taking a break from reading now because I’m kinda fatigued at the moment.

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Entrance of the new library@orchard

The new library@orchard is located somewhere above Somerset MRT, specifically, on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Orchard Gateway mall (it’s a shopping mall in between Orchard 313 and Orchard Central).

I’m actually really glad that the National Library Board decided to reopen a library here in the Orchard area. There used to be one at Ngee Ann City, but they closed it down a few years back.

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A dim tunnel that leads you into a space of shiny enlightenment!

It’s really nice to have a library in the middle of the shopping district. It’s like an intellectual oasis in the midst of a consumerist frenzy.

I love the design of this new library! I haven’t browsed all the books yet, but it does look really exciting. The 3rd floor has a lot of fiction books, while the 4th floor looks like its dedicated to design and the arts.

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Not your usual book shelves

There seems to be a huge support from the government to support local design and the arts. And I think it is working to some extent. I have noticed a significant increase in the number of youths attending arts events at the Esplanade. Similarly, there are many young kids here sitting around ACTUALLY reading library books on design and art. That’s a big improvement. In the past, when I used to frequent the public libraries, students would be busy studying, reading their own school books instead of the library books.

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Look at all those books!

What I really like about this library is that they have provided many many comfortable seats for you to sit and enjoy reading.

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People sitting around

There are many sitting configurations as well. There are spaces for friends to sit and read, couples to spend a romantic time reading together, and even spaces for individuals to enjoy pleasant, quiet solitude away from the hordes of people in town.

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Spaces for individuals to enjoy quiet reading solitude.

And for everyone else who may feel that the seating configurations may not suit their needs, there is also this space for them to read in any way that they please:

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It also doubles off as a cosy space for workshops

All in all, this is a really nice place to chill and hang out any day of the week. It’s especially quiet in the mornings. I’m actually quite amazed that a lot of thought went into the design and planning of this library. Well, no surprises I guess. It’s supposed to be a library dedicated to promoting design, design-thinking, and the arts. Such a library must set a good example.

I might consider taking leave again just to spend a nice quiet morning here. It’s a very lovely place to be in.

That’s all for now. Time for me to get back to my reading!