Renovated public libraries see jump in visitors, book loans

Renovated public libraries have more space within and other add-ons, such as augmented reality experiences and 3D printers to entice library users. In fact, such libraries are seeing over 70% more visits on average after remodelling. Communications and Information Minister Josephine Teo shared this observation at the reopening of Choa Chu Kang Public Library. It will open to the public on Oct 28 after it closed for renovation works for two years. It’s the seventh renovated public library since 2017.

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NLB to grow digital offerings, offer services beyond libraries as part of five-year blueprint

Expanding digital offerings and bringing library services into the community — that’s part of a new five-year plan to transform public libraries to keep up with changing reading habits. The Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025 will focus on four key areas. One is to build a "learning marketplace", where users can read or learn without heading to the libraries. Other areas of focus include launching new digital platforms and ensuring equal access for all. For instance, the future Punggol Regional Library will be Singapore’s first fully inclusive public library.

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Public libraries in Singapore expand digital catalogue as readership rises amid pandemic

Public libraries in Singapore expanded their digital catalogue by about 30% over the past year to reach out to readers during COVID-19. Borrowing of physical books went up by 25% from October 2020 to September 2021. More readers also shifted online, with digital loans growing by 33% to about seven million in the same period.

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COVID-19: Bigger crowds at public libraries, attractions as capacity limits ease

There have been bigger crowds at libraries and attractions on Day 1 of Singapore’s phased COVID-19 reopening. The capacity limit at these places is now 50 per cent, twice the maximum allowed during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

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Libraries in Our Area Begin To Reopen | NBC10 Philadelphia

Many counties in our area are beginning to open libraries back up to in-person learning this week. NBC10’s Delaware reporter Tim Furlong shows us why the pandemic may have made libraries more useful for people heading forward.
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