About Us



The library@esplanade is Singapore’s first dedicated public library for the performing arts specialising in the areas of Music, Dance, Theatre, and Film. Opened on 12 September 2002, it is one of the few libraries in the world to be located within a performing arts complex. The library can be found on the third level of the Esplanade Mall and occupies an area of 2, 308 square metres. The library’s collection caters to varying levels of interest in the performing arts, from the casual browser, the man-on-the-street, to arts students, teachers, practitioners, and performers.

Unique Features

The library is divided into four distinct thematic areas also known as “villages”: Music, Dance, Theatre, and Film. Each village has its own ambience, colour theme, and character. Different formats of the same theme and village, whether print or non-print, can be found alongside each other, allowing for greater accessibility and convenience.

The library@esplanade houses a Piano Practice Room for users to practise their music, a Silent Studio for music jamming and practice sessions, and Screening Rooms where users can view our film collection with friends, all available for rent.

Besides these facilities, the library also has the Open Stage, a programming zone that is fitted with a baby grand piano, and various exhibition spaces such as the Innovation Gallery, Glass Showcase, and the Gallery Wall.

As a collaborative and dynamic niche library, the library works with various partners for programmes, exhibitions, education, and outreach. These partners include the Esplanade Company, National Arts Council, National Heritage Board, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Dance Theatre, The Finger Players and various performing arts institutions like theatre and dance companies.


The library@esplanade is host to a variety of programmes and exhibitions related to the performing arts to create awareness and to educate the community. Programmes include performances, regular talks, master classes, workshop series and monthly film screenings and are curated by our librarians to expose people to the performing arts, as well as explore and immerse into it.


The library@esplanade is located on the 3rd floor of the Esplanade Mall:

8 Raffles Avenue, #03-01
Singapore 039802
Email: enquiry@nlb.gov.sg
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 9pm except for public holidays, close at 5pm on eves of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.

Facilities Rates
– Screening Rooms: $7.50 per hour (up to 3 hours); max. capacity – 4 pax
– Piano Practice Room: $7.50 per hour (up to 2 hours); max. capacity – 3 pax
– Silent Studio: $8.12 per hour; max. capacity (up to 2 hours) – 7 pax

Bookings can be made up to a week in advance. You can email us or walk in. Do note that the rooms can only be used for their designated purposes.

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