I am most awe-struck by old libraries that hold centuries’ worth of knowledge. Those that have high ceilings with arched windows, heavy wooden bookshelves with leather-bound tomes. Most impressive are those libraries with books that were printed with 15th century printing presses or better yet, with hand-lettered books. I’ve entered such a library once in my life at a grammar school that I attended for a year. That’s an experience that I’ll never forget.
Sadly, such a local library doesn’t exist in this part of the world. Most buildings are only a few decades old, so I must content myself with modernity. This is something this city-state does excel in: modern design. Very well reflected in the recently re-opend library@orchard, I can’t help but marvel at all the white spaces whenever I visit. The creative layout is clean yet welcoming and squarely puts the focus on the library’s media offerings.
If there’s one thing I’m thankful for today, it’s the privilege of the local library, of which many branches exist. My favourite branches are library@orchard and Sembawang Public Library. Yes, the very library I extolled as the resident hipster library.
What does your local library look like?
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