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8 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039802

Opening Hours

Mon - Sun: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Closed at 5.00pm on eves of Christmas,
New Year & Chinese New Year
Closed on Public Holidays
Bookdrop hours: 8.00am - 10.00pm


  • Patrons who visit our facilities must observe the Ministry of Health’s advisories such as the compulsory wearing of mask.
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For wheelchair accessible routes to this library, please see:

Wheelchair Accessible Route (Bus)

Wheelchair Accessible Route (MRT)

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How to get there

Nearest MRT: City Hall / Esplanade
Bus Interchange:
Buses: 36, 56, 70, 97, 111, 133, 162, 195, 502, 502A, 75, 77, 106, 171, 700A, 857, 960

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The library@esplanade, Singapore's first public library dedicated to the performing arts, was officially opened on 12 September 2002 by Mr Khaw Boon Wan, then Senior Minister of State for Transport and Information, Communication and the Arts.

A one-stop resource library for the performing arts, library@esplanade also offers information and services in the areas of music, dance, theatre and film. Besides the collections, the library is also host to a variety of performing arts related programmes and exhibitions. The library's location on the third level of the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is unique within Singapore, and makes it one of the few libraries in the world to be co-located within a performing arts complex. It spans an area of approximately 2,300 square metres.

Unique Features


  • 4 ‘Villages’
    In keeping with its theme, the library has adopted the metaphor of a village to lay out the collection into four performing arts ‘Villages’: Music, Dance, Theatre and Film. Library resources are categorised by village, with different media formats, print and non-print, found alongside each other, allowing for greater accessibility and convenience. These are the collection highlights for each of the villages:

    Dance Village
    - Dance performance and instructional videos
    - Dance notations
    - Books on choreography and dance education

    Film Village
    - DVDs that include blockbuster, art and foreign language films
    - Blu-rays
    - Screenplays
    - Movie tie-ins
    - Books on film production, post-production, film history, film studies, biographies, and various film genres

    Music Village
    - Music CDs including classical and pop music
    - Music performance and instructional videos
    - Music scores and sheet music

    Theatre Village
    - Play scripts
    - Opera and musical theatre videos
    - Books on dramaturgy, stagecraft and drama education
  • Facilities for Performing Arts 

    The library@esplanade has facilities catered to the performing arts, that are available for rent. These include:

    - Screening Rooms
    - Piano Practice Room
    - Silent Studio

    For rental rates and other information on these facilities, please refer to the NLB Facilities Booking page here.

  • Reference Collections (RCLOS)

    The library@esplanade is home to a number of Audio-Visual reference collections, which may be requested for viewing within the library premises. These include:

    - Arts Alive Collection
    - W!ld Rice Collection
    - Asian Film Archive Collection

    For more information on these collections, please click here.


For more info, click on library details

Performing Arts Collection
Performing Arts Collection
Open Stage
Open Stage
Silent Studio
Silent Studio

Library Manager

Ms. Sheila Jang

Located within the Esplanade Performing Arts Centre, library@esplanade is the only public library in Singapore dedicated to the performing arts. Come discover our resources on Dance, Film, Music and Theatre, including the special collections from Asian Film Archive, Arts Alive and W!ld Rice. Hone your craft in our Piano Practice Room or Silent Studio, enjoy performances and talks hosted at the Open Stage, or watch a film at one of our Screening Rooms. We look forward to welcoming you to experience the wonders of the performing arts at library@esplanade.  


Last Updated On 24 May 2022