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NLB welcomes public input for new library at Orchard

New library and new experience at Orchard Road.
December 18, 2012
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NLB welcomes public input for new library at Orchard

SINGAPORE - For the first time, library goers will be involved in creating the new library experience at Orchard Road.

The National Library Board (NLB) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) are partnering to develop the new library@orchard with Design Thinking - a user-focused approach.

The NLB-SP team has developed a range of prototypes on ideas of space design where the public gets to give feedback and suggestions to shape the library-going experience when it opens in 2014.

"In designing library@orchard, we want to create a space that the library users will feel at home with, a place where they can drop in when they are in the vicinity of Orchard Road to enjoy the collection of books, magazines and audio-visual materials," said Ms Amarjeet Kaur Gill, NLB's Director of Public Library Services.

"Involving the library users in this library's development will help us understand their needs better," she said.

This collaboration will also offer SP students an opportunity to apply their skill sets in a real-life environment while contributing to society, said Mr Hee Joh Liang, Deputy Principal of Academic Planning at SP.

NLB will be gathering feedback and suggestions from Dec 18, 2012 to Jan 31, 2013.

During this period, library visitors can view the prototypes on display at the Central Public Library where they can touch, feel and experience these prototype services and ideas - themed Playground, Trend Gallery, Sanctuary and Good Reads, and Memory Bank and Windows to the World.

SP students and lecturers as well as library staff from the National Library Board will be at the exhibition to gather feedback from library users.

Alternatively, the public can send in their ideas and suggestions by visiting


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