133 New Bridge Road
#04-12 Chinatown Point
Mon - Sun: 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
Closed at 5.00pm on eves of Christmas,
New Year and Chinese New Year.
Closed on Public Holidays.
Bookdrop: 10.00am to 10.00pm
- All public libraries will reopen on 1 July 2020 with shorter opening hours from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm. We will be implementing timed entry and limiting each patron’s visit to our public libraries to 30 minutes.
- Book your 30-minute slot one day in advance before visiting the library: go.gov.sg/library-visit-booking
- Bookdrop is accessible from 7.30 am to 10.00 pm. Bookings are not required for using the Bookdrop.
- Check real time crowd capacity before you visit our premises: go.gov.sg/library-visit-crowd.
- Patrons who visit our facilities must observe the Ministry of Health’s advisories such as the use of SafeEntry for check in and check out, compulsory wearing of mask, temperature taking, and safe distancing measures.
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How to get there
Nearest MRT: Chinatown
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Buses: 2, 12, 33, 51, 54, 63, 124, 143, 145,147, 166, 174, 186, 190, 851, 961, 970
library@chinatown officially opened on 31 Jan 2013, with the generous sponsorship of CP1 Pte Ltd and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. Since then, the Temple’s annual donations continue to regularly refresh the library’s collection with new books and audio-visual materials, offer a diverse spread of approximately 90 cultural, heritage and literary programmes a year for its visitors, and fund the library’s operating and maintenance costs. With a total floor area of 1,000 square metres, this first themed library on Chinese arts and culture is fully supported by philanthropic funds. It is also the first library in Singapore to experiment with a visitor self-service model run by volunteers. It carries a thematic collection of titles on calligraphy, literature, music, painting, traditions, customs and more. There is also a small selection of materials in commonly spoken Chinese dialects such as Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese. Visitors can also read local and foreign electronic newspapers on large digital screens in the library.
Chinese Arts and Culture-Themed Library
As NLB's first themed library on Chinese arts and culture, library@chinatown offers a curated collection that caters to both arts and cultural enthusiasts and the general public, who are keen in learning more about Chinese arts and culture. The collection is complemented with reading and engagement programmes. The target audience of our programmes are students, teachers, seniors and families.
The library works with various communities and interest groups to develop a variety of programmes and/or to co-organise exhibitions in the library. These programmes align with the theme of the library to cultivate greater understanding of Chinese culture, and develop an appreciation for our multi-cultural society, amongst Singaporeans. Some examples of the programmes include workshops and talks on Couplet Writing, 'Lantern Riddles', the Evolution of Chinese Characters, Chinese Painting, Weiqi, Opera Performance, and History of Local Straits Chinese.
library@chinatown is also NLB's first volunteer-run library, where there is no customer service counter. Volunteers move around the library wearing a special library@chinatown volunteer T-shirt for easy identification. The volunteers' duties focus on the clearance of books from the bookdrop and shelving them back. Library visitors can use the Cybrarian Kiosk to speak to a library staff at a remote site for their enquiries. Members of the public who are interested to volunteer at library@chinatown can sign up here.
For more info, click on library details