Choa Chu Kang Community Library

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Coordinates: 1°23′06″N 103°44′42″E / 1.38507°N 103.744878°E / 1.38507; 103.744878

Community Library interior

Choa Chu Kang Community Library (Simplified Chinese: 蔡厝港社区图书馆), is a public library on the 4th floor of Lot One, Choa Chu Kang. The library has an area of 2,394 square metres making it the largest community library within a shopping mall in Singapore. The library generates an average of 1.3 million loans each year.[1]

History[edit]

1997 to 2008[edit]

The library was first opened on 22 February 1997 on the 3rd floor of Lot One. It was opened by the then-Minister for Health and the Environment, Mr. 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.[2]

The library was the first in Singapore to install self-check machines for borrowing and returning of books.[2] It was prototyped with Borrower's Enquiry Machines with CashCard payment in June 1998. The library also had a Customer Service counter which displays a picture of the last tiger to roam this part of Singapore.[2]

The library was closed on 1 November 2008 for the relocation.[3]

2008 onwards[edit]

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 Hong Kah GRC, Mr. Zaqy Mohamad. The new library had its seating capacity increased from 93 to 233. It also has new shelves and new books.[1] The new library was 38% larger than the one on the third floor.[4]

The library was inspired by the nearby farming industries in Choa Chu Kang, 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.[1][5]

Volumes[edit]

Geographical related volumes

The library currently has approximately 190,000 volumes comprising magazine titles, fiction titles and non-fiction titles.[5]

The Children's Collection has about 74,000 volumes while the Adults' Collection contains 95,240 volumes of books. There are about 390 local and international magazine titles[1] and 10 newspaper titles.[4]

The library collection will grow to 210,000 volumes by the first quarter of 2009.[1]

Facilities[edit]

Reading area

The library has facilities like:[1]

  • Online Public Access Catalogue
  • Multimedia Stations
  • Self-service Borrowing Stations
  • Library e-Kiosks
  • Bookdrop
  • 'Storytelling zone' (For library staff and volunteers to read to children)[4]
  • 'Talk zone' (For users to make and receive telephone calls)[4]

Opening hours[edit]

The library opens from Monday to Sunday at 11 am to 9pm. The library only opens till 5 pm on Christmas Eve, 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.[5]

Transportation to the library[edit]

As Lot One is just next to Choa Chu Kang MRT/LRT Station and Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange, getting to the library is very convenient.

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