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, we also offer 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.
Reference Closed Access Collection
Our library houses a reference closed access section (RCLOS) which includes the Asian Film Archive collection, the Arts Alive Collection and W!ld Rice Collection, as well as unreleased films and recordings. Advance requests can be made to view the RCLOS collection on site at no charge. Users may access up to two titles per request, and use the rooms for free, for three hours at a time. All requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Users may request: