The National Library of Singapore first opened its doors to the general public at the iconic old building at Stamford Road in 1960. After the hugely contested demolishment in 2004, it moved to the 16-storey modern establishment at Victoria Street in the following year. According to the National Library Marketing and Group Services, more than 3.5 million people have visited the library in 2010 and 2011. This figure suggests that the library institution has continued to thrive in this age of low-cost eBooks at the mere convenience of a smartphone or tablet download.
The library today has transformed beyond the wedding reception
disgruntled librarian stamping the loan return date on the book. The library is no longer just a building that houses a collection of books of different genres. It now has the mission to reach out to the communities and encourage people to read. The National Library's success story lies in the multi-faceted approach to attract the general public.