Bukit Batok Community Library

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Bukit Batok Community Library
Country Singapore
Type Public library
Established 1998
Location Bukit Batok
Coordinates 1°20′59″N 103°44′57″E / 1.349847°N 103.749239°E / 1.349847; 103.749239
Branch of National Library Board
Size 202,151
Website National Library Board

Bukit Batok Community Library (Simplified Chinese: 武吉巴督社区图书馆) is located at Bukit Batok on the third floor of West Mall in Singapore. This is fifth library of the National Library Board that is located inside a shopping mall. The library was officially opened on 21 November 1998 by Deputy Prime Minister, BG (NS) Lee Hsien Loong.


The library begun operating soon after the West Mall was opened. The library is headed by Lim Puay Ling. It is a fully computerised library with a collection of 202,151 publications. It has served more than 1,419,634 visitors and residents from the Bukit Batok and Bukit Gombak constituencies. As of 2001, it had 28,814 members and had given out 1,345,869 book loans.

About the library[edit]

The library has a floor area of 1,270 square metres (13,700 sq ft). It is home to:

The library includes a customer service counter, an adult/young people's section, a children's section, an activities room, 13 multimedia stations and a reference collection. Facilities in the library include borrower's enquiry, six borrowing stations, two bookdrop services, browsing shelves of books and periodicals in four main languages and multimedia services.


It was the first library in which the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Electronic Library Management System (ELiMS) was implemented. The Electronic Library Management System was developed together by Singapore Technologies LogiTrack and the National Library Board. The ELiMS system manages the tracking, distribution, circulation and flow of books in the library. The advantages of this technology is that it allows books to be cancelled immediately as they are returned through automated book-drops and the loan records of the borrowers are updated instantly.


Two storytelling sessions for children are conducted every Tuesday at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Reading Bear programmes were organised for primary school. Primary school children are also taken on class visits to the library featuring storytelling, craft, video shows and a tour of the library.

Class visits for the secondary school students includes multimedia services. The multimedia service is a basic information literacy programme on Internet strategies, search tools and evaluation of websites. Junior colleges, schools and other institutions are offered bulk loan services and book promotions or institutional loans. School holiday programmes include video screening, storytelling in four languages and art and craft sessions. Adults can enjoy educational and informative talks, workshops, user education programmes and library orientation tours.

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