Volunteering Opportunities At New Punggol Regional Library

18 November 2022

The Punggol Regional Library will open its doors to the public in early 2023, and there will be more than 300 volunteering opportunities available per month.

The library will open progressively from 30 January 2023, starting with the first two floors of its five floors. The first two floors will feature dedicated collections and maker spaces for children. The remaining floors will open a few weeks later, offering spaces, collections, programmes and activities covering areas such as business, technology, and local literature.

Types of Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers are essential in the vision of the Punggol Regional Library as a shared community space. Volunteers can contribute to areas such as introducing and guiding library visitors to the new space, and supporting programmes for children. The range of volunteering opportunities provides flexibility for volunteers to choose their preferred roles and slots, with most requiring a commitment of two to four hours.

More volunteering roles will be introduced when the library is fully operational, such as new roles dedicated to support persons with disabilities to make use of the library’s inclusive features, such as assistive technology devices (e.g., joysticks, trackballs, large key keyboards etc.). The National Library Board (NLB) has also been engaging persons with disabilities on the development of the library’s inclusive facilities and resources such as an accessible collection.

All Are Welcome to Volunteer

NLB welcomes individuals, families, schools, and corporates to volunteer at the new Punggol Regional Library. In December 2022, NLB will host several sessions to share more about the various volunteering opportunities at the Punggol Regional Library. 

Please refer to the Annex for more information on the volunteering roles and the upcoming sharing sessions. Interested parties may sign up for the sharing sessions at https://go.gov.sg/nlbvmbriefing or email their enquiries to volunteer@nlb.gov.sg.

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About National Library Board

The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation by promoting reading, learning and history through its network of 28 libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. NLB also forges strategic partnerships that encourage awareness, appreciation and greater discovery of Singapore’s history through its rich collections on Singapore and the region.

NLB achieves excellence through innovation, focusing on citizen engagement and co-creation, resource and digital innovation. This creates learning opportunities, greater access to library resources, services and archival collections, as well as a continual development of innovative library spaces. Established on 1 September 1995 as a statutory board, NLB is under the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

For more information, please visit the NLB website, and NLB’s Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube channels.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Joween Song
Weber Shandwick 
Tel: +65 9677 2598
Email: jsong@webershandwick.com

 

ANNEX

MORE THAN 300 VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES MONTHLY 
AT PUNGGOL REGIONAL LIBRARY

Role  Description  

Managing volunteer-run spaces

  • Sort and shelf books
  • Assist patrons to locate books and recommended reads
  • Supporting fellow volunteers who are persons with disabilities

User education at Book Borrowing Station

  • To provide basic user education
  • How to use the book borrowing stations
  • Directional enquiries

Library guides

  • To provide library tours for public education
  • To provide a personalised library tour for persons with disabilities on how to use its facilities including assistive technology

Assist in tinkering at children’s maker spaces

  • Co-facilitate learning at children’s maker spaces during weekends
  • Guide children and families who are unfamiliar with tinkering on how to use the space
  • Assist to top up tinkering materials and ensure cleanliness of the space

 

UPCOMING SHARING SESSIONS ON PUNGGOL REGIONAL 
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

  Date  Time  Location

1  

 Saturday, 3 December 2022 

 11am – 12pm

National Library Building, Visitors’ Briefing Room at Level 1

2

 Friday, 16 December 2022

 7.30pm – 8.30pm 

National Library Building, The Pod at Level 16