5 Best Public Libraries in Singapore for Quiet Reading

5 Best Public Libraries in Singapore for Quiet Reading

Time to find a quiet spot and cuddle up with a book!

The challenge to find a quiet place to read in the city has prompted public libraries in Singapore to revamp their infrastructure. If you’re looking for a nice place to unwind with a book, here’s a list of the top five public libraries in Singapore!

Pro tip: Check crowd levels for each library before making your way down.

1. Choa Chu Kang Public Library

Hailed as an ode to sustainable development in Singapore, Choa Chu Kang Public Library is the first local public library — and one of the few globally — with an indoor garden. It also features exciting new experiences such as augmented reality (AR) activities, a hydroponics showcase, and more. 

Should you get antsy after reading for awhile, step through the hydroponics showcase reconnecting you to nature, where verdant plants are grown and discover fun facts about nature through the AR Learning Trail. 

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 11am to 9pm
Address: 21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4 #04-01/02 and #05-06 Lot One Shoppers’ Mall Singapore 689812

2. Tampines Regional Library

Boasting a five story space spanning 11,000 square meters, Tampines Regional Library is a breath of fresh air with plenty of glass walls to allow natural light in. With a 200-seat auditorium, an indoor playground, and a 700-metre running track, Tampines Regional Library offers a study environment that certainly does not feel constricted. Take a look yourself with a VR tour of the library!

Not only can you choose to study in multiple quiet study and reading lounges found throughout the library, you can also stretch your legs on the running track or on an exercise bike. 

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 10am to 9pm
Address: 1 Tampines Walk, #02-01 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523

3. National Library Singapore

The largest library in Singapore, The National Library houses both the Central Public Library and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. The building has 16 storeys, so you won’t have to worry about not being able to find a seat. 

Keep to the upper levels above the kids section in B1 for lower noise levels. Notably, the Study Lounge occupies level five and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library occupies levels seven to 13. And when the inevitable study munchies hit, satisfy your appetite with the best restaurants located around Bugis a five-minute stroll away.

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 10am to 9pm
Address: 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

4. Library@Orchard 

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The facilities at Library@Orchard are relatively new after its renovation and reopening in 2014. Design-related books and magazine titles can be found exclusively here at this quiet reading space.

Besides the cool architecture and new books, the library is also famous for being a popular spot for Instagram photos thanks to its elegant interior. Just make sure not to make too much noise while you snap away among the bookshelves! 

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 11am to 9pm
Address: 277 Orchard Road #03-12/ #04-11 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858

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5. Library@Harbourfront

The Reading Lounge in Library@Harbourfront overlooks Sentosa through huge windows, offering a beautiful waterfront view. Snag a seat and catch up with some reading before heading down to the beach for the perfect sunset view!

On top of the 120 seats in the Reading Lounge, there are conducive reading and learning spaces for children, teens and adults, learning pods, augmented reality books, and enhanced services for both avid readers and those keen to learn. 

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 11am to 9pm
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk #03-05 (Lobby F) VivoCity Singapore 098585

And there you have it, five of the best public libraries in Singapore for those looking for a quiet place to study and read! All that’s left to do now is to grab a good book and a comfy hoodie, and spend the day immersed in the arts. 

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