Tampines Regional Library

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Tampines Regional Library
Tampines Regional Library
Location1 Tampines Walk, #02-01, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523, Singapore
TypeRegional Library
Established3 December 1994; 29 years ago (1994-12-03)
Branch ofNational Library Board

Tampines Regional Library (Chinese: 淡滨尼区域图书馆; Malay: Perpustakaan Wilayah Tampines; Tamil: தெம்பினிஸ் வட்டார நூலகம்) is a library located at Our Tampines Hub, Singapore. It is the first regional library in Singapore.

The library was opened in 1994 at Tampines New Town and was closed in June 2017 for upgrading. It was re-opened on 5 August 2017 at Our Tampines Hub.

History edit

It was first opened at Tampines Avenue 7 on 3 December 1994 by Senior Minister of State for Education and Health, Aline Wong.

The 6,208-square metre library was upgraded in 1998 to include better facilities. A Chinese library service was inaugurated in May 1998, after the signing of Understanding of Memorandum with the National Libraries of Beijing and Shanghai. The library also has conference and exhibition facilities. The library houses over 235,000 books with 63,000 books in Chinese, the largest collection of Chinese books in the library network.[1] There is a vast collection of materials on overseas Chinese and children's books. The library also has a children's playhouse on the ground floor, IT and business books and microfilm services. It was temporarily closed on 4 June 2017 for upgrading.

It was reopened on 5 August that year at its new location, Our Tampines Hub at Level 2. The renovation increased floor space by 76 percent and seating capacity by 98 percent, while boosting the library's collection to over 400,000 books.[2] New facilities included a culinary studio, 700m running track and indoor playground.[3] Another addition was a branch of PIXEL Labs@NLB which allowed the public to utilise technology like 3D printers and hardware kits for free while creating a space for technology-related workshops and talks.[4]

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Situated close to the Tampines MRT station and bus interchange, the library covers a floor area of 12,600 square metres.[5]

Notes and references edit

  1. ^ Eunice Quek, Kok Tse Wei (2 July 2005). "How the libraries stack up". The Straits Times. p. S6.
  2. ^ Lee, Rachelle (1 August 2017). "Tampines library to reopen with new features including cooking studio". CNA. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. ^ Cheow, Sue-Ann (31 July 2017). "Running track, playground in new Tampines library". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. ^ "get digitally ready!" (PDF). Ministry of Communications and Information. June 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  5. ^ "臺灣公共圖書館新加坡學習參訪團行程" (PDF). National Central Library. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2019.

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