As a book-lover, if there is one thing that we might have missed in this lockdown the most, then it would be bookshops and libraries. So here’s a bit of happy news for all the book lovers in Singapore.
The National Library Board has announced that, “The National Library Building, the National Archives of Singapore building, our 25 public libraries and the Former Ford Factory will reopen to the public on 1 July 2020 with shorter opening hours and capacity controls in place. This is in line with the safe reopening measures under Phase 2 and to safeguard the health and safety of our patrons and staff.”
The plan is to operate on a ‘borrow and go’ model where the readers would be able to borrow and return the books using the reservation and book drop services.
The National Library Board’s digital offerings can be explored online (https://www.nlb.gov.sg/), on the NLB mobile app and their social media channels (@nlbsg) which includes 800,000 eBooks and audiobooks, digital storytelling sessions, unlimited checkouts for their curated collection of eBooks, free access to SPH‘s eNewspapers, online talks, programmes and workshops, as well as their learning packages.
Further they even clarified that the facilities will remain safe for public and they will ensure this by cleaning and sanitising high touch points once every 2 hours. In line with the safe distancing measures, they will limit the crowd capacity to 50 persons per floor and will implement timed entry. They will also limit each visit to 30 minutes. Using online booking for preferred entry slots is highly recommended to minimise the need to queue for entry.
We will be back next week with some more curated information on books, writers and writing contests.
Till then, stay safe and take care!