Choa Chu Kang Public Library offers many features seen for the first time in a public library. From extended hours to a Community Wall, Nature Walls, Indoor Garden, and Hydroponics Showcase!
Venue: Lot One Shoppers' Mall, Level 4 & 5, Singapore 689812
Opening Hours: 9 am - 10 pm (Daily)
A bigger, better Choa Chu Kang Public Library reopens to the public at Lot One Shoppers’ Mall on 28 October 2021. From extended hours to a Community Wall, Nature Walls, Indoor Garden, and Hydroponics Showcase, the revamped library boasts several new elements that celebrate nature in everyday life and the first in a public library in Singapore.
The new library is now spread over two floors instead of one. It has expanded its total floor area from 2,320 sq m to 3,000 sq m with an additional floor on level 5 in Lot One Shoppers’ Mall.
Level 4 caters to adults, teens, and older children (7-12 years), while level 5 caters to parents and young children (0-6 years). Patrons who step into the library on level 4 will come through a 24/7 lobby, with a display of library-related information such as book recommendations, visitorship, and loan trends.
Level 5 features the first Indoor Garden in a public library, reflecting the farming heritage and community gardening culture of Choa Chu Kang, and provides a natural and peaceful space for patrons to read.
Extended Opening Hours
The library will also run a pilot programme for patrons who prefer to visit and use the library’s facilities earlier (by 2 hours) or later (by 1 hour) in the day, which is outside the library’s standard operating hours.
They can do so by scanning their NRIC, library card membership barcode or QR code through the NLB mobile app at the entrance on level 4. From 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 9.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. daily, patrons will be able to gain access to the Reading Zone, as well as the Study and Multimedia Zone on level 4.
Patrons can also access these library spaces during the eves of Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, and public holidays, from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Nature and technology meet at the Green Grove on level 4. The Green Grove features a Hydroponics Showcase, which will be used to run workshops to foster interest in urban farming solutions and food security in Singapore.
The beautiful, natural space complements a new Augmented Reality (AR) Learning Trail spanning levels 4 and 5. The trail brings stories to life digitally by drawing inspiration from history or focusing on nature. Visitors can interact experientially to see how rubber tapping was done in the past or have a closer look at the endangered Samba deer.
The library’s Community Wall on level 4 will be the first of its kind among our public libraries in Singapore. It features both historical and modern-day sections with elements unique to the Choa Chu Kang neighbourhood, from its agricultural heritage to a transformation to agrotechnology and new generation farms today.
Residents will be able to contribute their own memories, experiences, and thoughts on the wall, and in the process, showcase the kampung spirit that the wall hopes to foster.
Choa Chu Kang Public Library is located at Lot One Shopper's Mall. It spans across Level 4 and Level 5.