Tampines Regional Library


Tampines Regional Library located at 31, Tampines Avenue 7, Singapore 529620, was the first regional library to be built. It was officially opened on 3 December 1994 by Aline Wong (Dr), MP for Tampines GRC and Minister of State for Health and Education.

A total sum of S$13.4 million was spent building Tampines Regional Library. It is the first library to be managed by a committee of residents working under the leadership of Paul Cheung (Dr), who was the Chief Statistician of the Department of Statistics. It is also the first library to provide facilities such as automated check-ins and check-out kiosks, video-on demand terminals, satellite television, international databases, a commercially-run bookshop and an IT gallery.

The reference collection of Tampines Regional Library is shelved together with the lending collection instead of separate shelves. This is to allow library users to have access to it on weekends unlike other branches where the reference section was closed on Sundays.

The Tampines Regional Library is a three-storey building that was built to serve the 200,000 Tampines residents. It is large enough to fit six football fields on its three floors and has a collection size of 200,000 books, 300 magazine titles, 10,000 multimedia resources and 30 video-on demand terminals.

Located on level one are the children's library and a commercially-run bookshop where library users can purchase books and other items. The children's library has 50,000 volume of books and a story-telling area for parents to read to their children.

The adult and young people's section is located on level two. There are 150,000 volume of books housed on this level. It also has a special collection that focuses on travel guides, sports, management, information technology and cookery.

Located on level three are: an auditorium, a room with the size of a small tennis court and an Information Technology (IT) gallery. The auditorium was built to accommodate 200 people and is also used by its resident drama group, the Necessary Stage to premiere new plays and hold storytelling sessions. The room is available for rental for the purpose of conducting meetings, workshops and conferences. The IT gallery is meant for vendors to display latest IT products.

A home delivery service, the first of its kind in Singapore, was started on 1 December 1993 at Tampines Regional Library. This service was made possible through an arrangement between the Library and the Singapore Post. It is available from Mondays to Fridays and is applicable only for books from Tampines Regional Library. This service is confined within the mainland and the cost S$5.15 for each delivery. The maximum number of books allowed for this delivery service is four books. Request can be made either through phone, fax or via the computer.

It is also the first library to implement four prototype self check-in and check-out kiosks for borrowing and returning of books. It was successfully tried out and later implemented at the other libraries.

Another service provided by Tampines Regional Library is a unique Chinese On-line Catalogue that uses Chinese script. Library users will be able to use it to search for Chinese books and audiovisual materials available at the library.

Heirwin Mohd Nasir

National Library. (1995). Annual Report 94/95. Singapore: Author.
(Call no.: RSING 027.55957 NLSAR)

Chock-full of goodies. (1993, October 25). The Straits Times, Life!, p. 4.

Gasmier, M. R. (1993, October 25). Tampines gets $12 m super high-tech library. The Straits Times, Life!, p. 4.

Peralta, C. (1994, November 30). Home delivery working out well. The Straits Times, Life!, p. 5.

Song, K. B. (1994, November 30). Cable TV, computers, plays -- all in one library. The Straits Times, Life!, p. 4.

Song, K. B. (1994, November 30). Necessary Stage is resident drama group. The Straits Times, Life!, p. 5.

Tampines: The branch library of the future. (1993, March 18). The Straits Times, p. 23.

Teo, G. (1996, February 21). Libraries to provide automated check-ins and check-outs. The Straits Times, Home, p. 23.

Yng, Y. H. (1993, October 24). Phone or fax, and Tampines library will deliver your books. The Sunday Times, p. 3.

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Tampines Regional Library's Information Technology Gallery is where vendors can display the latest equipment and software for users to experiment with.
(1994, November 30). The Straits Times, Life!, p. 4.

The children's section, which has spacious reading areas and longer opening hours than at other National Library branches, is designed to suit the young.
(1994, November 30). The Straits Times, Life!, p. 4.

Visitors can read or use the computers to browse through the audio-visual catalogue and watch films
. (1994, November 30). The Straits Times, Life!, p. 4. 

The information in this article is valid as at 2002 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history on the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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