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Bookdrop Hours : 7.00am - 2.00am

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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. Each Village has its own ambience, colour theme, and character. Library resources are categorised by theme, with different media formats, print and non-print, found alongside each other, allowing for greater accessibility and convenience.
  • Special Facilities for Performing Arts
    The library has facilities catered to the performing arts, including three Screening Rooms, a Piano Practice Room, and a Silent Studio where musicians can hold jamming sessions. Members of the public may rent these facilities at an hourly rate.
  • What You Can Get at the library@esplanade:

    Film Village
    - screenplays
    - movie tie-ins
    - art films
    - blockbuster films
    - foreign-language films
    - blu-ray collection
    - Asian Film Archive collection

    Music Village
    - classical/pop music CDs
    - music scores/sheet music
    - music performance/instructional videos
    - music education

    Theatre Village
    - play scripts
    - dramaturgy
    - stagecraft
    - opera/musical theatre videos
    - drama education

    Dance Village
    - dance performance/instructional videos
    - dance notations
    - choreography
    - dance education

    Arts Central
    - General/cross-disciplinary performing arts titles
    - Reference books
    - Performing Arts journals
  • Facilities
    - Screening Rooms: $7.50 per hour; max. capacity – 4 pax
    - Piano Practice Room: $7.50 per hour; max. capacity – 3 pax
    - Silent Studio: $8.12 per hour; max. capacity – 7 pax
  • Related Links
    - library@esplanade Blogsite
    - Find us on Facebook

For more info, click on library details

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

Events List

Library Manager

Ms. Lynnette Kang
Welcome to library@esplanade! We are a niche library dedicated to sharing our love for the performing arts. This is the perfect place to fuel your creative daydreams, whether they take you centrestage or behind the camera. Pick up a film (or maybe its soundtrack), jam with your friends in our Silent Studio, or simply lose yourself in any of our four themed villages. Find inspiration within – we promise you’ll leave on a happy note!


Last Updated On 29 December 2017

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