Bukit Batok Public Library, located at West Mall, will be temporarily closed from 31 December 2023, and is expected to open by end-2025. This is to facilitate a revamp that will double its size and introduce new spaces and experiences in reading and learning.
Bukit Batok Public Library has been open since 1998. Its last renovation was in 2011.
This latest two-year revamp of Bukit Batok Public Library is part of the National Library Board’s ongoing efforts to systematically rejuvenate existing libraries.
What to Expect at the Revamped Bukit Batok Public Library
The revamped Bukit Batok Public Library will boast a refreshed look and larger spaces. It feature a new design and programme concepts to provide an enhanced visitor experience.
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The revamp is being carried out in tandem with asset enhancement works in West Mall.
NLB’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ng Cher Pong, said, “Given West Mall’s plans, we explored opportunities with the mall to revamp and expand Bukit Batok Public Library. By doing so, we will be able to better serve the larger community of residents there. The revamp is in line with our LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025) vision to innovate and improve libraries and archives.”
Other Available Resources for Library-goers
While the library is closed during the revamp, patrons can make use of several alternative services that will enable them to continue reading, learning, and discovery.
These resources include:
Wallpaper Library – This will be available as a wallpaper on the library’s hoarding panels at West Mall. This Node will serve as an entry point into NLB’s wide array of electronic resources.
New Book Dispenser and Reservation Lockers – NLB will be setting up a new 24-hour Book Dispenser and Reservation Lockers nearby next year, for patrons to conveniently borrow and collect their reserved items.
NLB’s e-resources – Patrons can access NLB’s collections via its Mobile app (https://mobileapp.nlb.gov.sg/). Hundreds of thousands of books, periodicals, and other publications can be searched, reserved and borrowed via the NLB Mobile app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App store.
Borrow-n-Deliver – Patrons can subscribe to this delivery service, where they can select up to four library items, including books, magazines, and audio-visual materials, which are available and currently not on loan via NLB’s e-catalogue, and to be delivered to their homes (a fee of $8.64 with GST).