Revamped Bukit Panjang Public Library: A Literal Maze of Bookish Discovery

Bukit Panjang Public Library

Cool sci-fi chic greets you at the Adults’ and Teens’ Zone of the revamped Bukit Panjang Public Library at one end of the top floor of Bukit Panjang Plaza.

Hop over to the Children’s Zone on the opposite side and the journey of discovery continues in a series of delightful mazes.

More than sporting a brand new look, the revamped library – which reopened on 1 July 2017 after 10 months of renovation – features two separate wings abuzz with fresh innovations.

It now takes up 2,300 square metres of floor space, double from before. And its concentric circles design is far from neatly laid rows typical of traditional libraries of yesteryear.

Children’s Zone at Revamped Bukit Panjang Public Library

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneUpon entering Bukit Panjang Public Library’s mountain-themed children’s wing, you will probably pause to look through the glass panels to the left of the entrance.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's Zone BookdropIf you ever wondered what happens after books are returned through the book drop, here is where you can find out how.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's Zone

Watch as the returned books make their way along a conveyor belt to sorting bins.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneThe Bukit Panjang Public Library’s children section stocks novels, non-fiction books, picture books, magazines and audio-visual material. It also carries books on family and parenting.

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Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneNeed to figure out how to get to each of them? Just look at the floor and follow the lines that group the various genres of material, or at the labeled circular “clouds” above you.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneA nice feature of the library is the many sunken reading alcoves.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneThese circular seating areas allow visitors to cozy up with a book in the middle of the library. They are excellent for parents who may wish to read a book with their child.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneQuirky sloped seating areas also make interesting spots for kids to read a book.

The early literacy section of Bukit Panjang Public Library has books for children below six years of age.

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Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneThere are also costumes, puppets and play features on the wall to help young ones discover the joys of reading.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneWithin a little nook behind the Picture Books section, is the Tumblebook Station, with a touch screen to engage the children of today.

Revamped Bukit Panjang Library Children's ZoneOver at the the magzines and AV sections is a little cove that lets children access ebooks and other multimedia resources.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneA key feature in the Children’s Zone is an immersive storytelling room, cleverly hidden behind a wall near the stroller parking area close to the entrance.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Children's ZoneThere is more to the plain bare room than meets the eye. Aptly named “Story Comes Alive”, the room is equipped with multimedia systems that can transform the bare into an immersive environment for storytelling.

Adults’ & Teens’ Zone

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneLocated across the atrium from the children’s section is the revamped Bukit Panjang Library’s Adults’ and Teens’ Section, a volunteer-run space.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneBesides being a cosy cocoon for lounging at the entrance, the welcoming space serves as a collection and bookdrop spot.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneThe zone has a programming area for talks and workshops.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneIt also features a reading lounge with large screens you can swipe, scroll and pinch on to browse electronic copies of local mainstream newspapers.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneThe myriad of magazine titles is cleverly displayed and easily accessible through stacked cubbyholes.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneThose looking for a spot to do some work will find a seating area, ala lecture theatre style, to do so.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneOne thoughtful feature at the revamped Bukit Panjang Public Library is the little alcoves for charging your devices.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneThe decor at the revamped Bukit Panjang Public Library draws inspiration from Bukit Panjang’s new connections to the city via the Downtown Line.

Bukit Panjang Public Library Adults' & Teens' ZoneDifferent coloured lines on the floor connect guide visitors to various sections of the library and their similarly colour-coded shelves

Bukit Panjang Public Library

Revamped Bukit Panjang Public LibraryAddress: 1 Jelebu Road, #04-04 & 16/17, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Singapore 677743
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm (closed on public holidays, at 5 pm on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and the eve of Chinese New Year)

 

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