More Than 370,000 Used Library Books and Magazines Await the Public at Bargain Prices at the Library Book Sale 2010

Release Date : 09 Jul 2010

More than 80 voluntary welfare and non-profit organisations have the first selection of the library materials for their beneficiaries today

Singapore, 9 July 2010 – Over 370,000 used library books and magazines in a variety of categories and the four official languages are available to the general public at bargain prices at the Library Book Sale 2010. Organised by the National Library.

Board (NLB), the Library Book Sale is held from Saturday, 10 July to Sunday, 11 July 2010 at Singapore Expo, Hall 6A from 9.30am to 8.00pm.

In its 11th year, the Library Book Sale offers Singaporeans of all ages a wide range of used library materials for their reading and learning needs. It acts as a 'social leveller' and a means for NLB to give back to the community by making the library books highly affordable to the general public. In addition, the event also allows NLB to re-distribute its used library resources in a meaningful way and to free up space in the libraries for new titles and latest editions.

Avid readers can look forward to fiction and non-fiction books that cater to children, young people and adults at the Library Book Sale. Popular magazines, like PC Magazine, Her World, National Geographic, Reader's Digest (the English and Chinese edition) and Yazhou Zhoukan (an international Chinese weekly news magazine), will also be on sale. To facilitate the public in their book selection, the adults' English non-fiction books will be displayed under 10 categories (namely, Arts, Business, Computer, Cookery, Family, Health, Home & Gardening, Pets & Animals, Recreation, and Travel Guides) and a General category.

Each customer is allowed to purchase up to a maximum of 60 items. The price of the items ranges from $1.00 to $5.00 and there will be regular replenishment of the items on sale throughout the two-day event.


Spreading the joy of reading to the underserved

In conjunction with the Library Book Sale, the Charity Book Donation was held today, a day ahead of the Library Book Sale, to provide an opportunity for more than 80 voluntary welfare and non-profit organisations to be the first to select the books and magazines for free.

The Charity Book Donation is part of NLB's continuous effort to promote reading among the underserved and ensure that reading materials are made more accessible to them. Participating organisations included Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled, Clubilya and Metta PreSchool.

Said Ms Ngian Lek Choh, Deputy Chief Executive, NLB, "The Library Book Sale and Charity Book Donation allow our library resources to be made more easily available to the community, including the underserved. Through these platforms, we can further spread the joy of reading and promote a culture of reading and learning among Singaporeans."