Thursday, November 13, 2014

Library@Orchard

After having family dinner at one of the Japanese Restaurant at Orchard Central yesterday night, we visited the newly built Orchard Gateway Mall, which was located just next to it. While browsing the area around, I was surprised to find the newly built library called Library@Orchard, located at Level 3 (The Studio) and Level 4 (The Loft). 

I heard about its opening late last month, but yesterday it was my first time visiting it. I thought that it was located in Takashimaya (the previous place - closed over 7 years ago). Tell you, you must love the place man!!! I was stuck there for an hour before it had to close at 9pm!!!

The design was marvelous! Check the photos below for your viewing pleasure! (Pictures speak a thousand words) and tell me what you feel about it! ;)

Art gallery at Library@Orchard

Cool book shelves with ladder (the Studio area)- Library@Orchard

It was cool, wasn't it? They really made use of the ceiling space to store the books. However, it might not that convenient to climb up and check the book, especially for elderly and those who were afraid of height.

Magazine wall - Library@Orchard

Magazine collections in four languages - Library@Orchard

Oh man! The above magazine walls were amazing! It might look like a display only but you actually could open it by pulling out out and get the magazines inside. You could find magazine collections written in Chinese, English, Malay, and Tamil language!

Audio-visual material to borrow - Library@Orchard

They stored the above materials in such artistic ways! Nice! :)

Approximately over 100,000 titles, fresh and new! - Library@Orchard

View from the staircase - Library@Orchard

Reading space and curvy shelves in modern style with fresh paper smell from the new copies.

People cluster at the Loft - Library@Orchard

There were some cosy and private seats in this floor. However, I couldn't catch some pictures as it was all occupied hehe...

Reading area at the Studio (level 3) - Library@Orchard

The above was the reading area at the Studio (level 3). Good enough to relax your legs and bums there ^^

Wall-mounted computerized monitor to search your books - Library@Orchard

Rather than the usual monitor put on the table, this one was wall-mounted. Too bad it was too low for some people, including me - also no pencil and paper to record down the call number (which shelf to find).

Last but not least - photo of myself at the entrance of the Library@Orchard :)

So, it's awesome, wasn't it? I told my hubby that I wished I would have a very long holiday like those school children (more than a month time holiday) so that I could visit this place everyday, reading different magazines and books, dropping by nearby Café to sip some coffee or hot chocolate and just enjoy the time! Hehehe... I wish! ;)

17 comments:

Flora said...

Flora... Oh wow! It's so lovely library, such a nice embronment any one can get tempted read. What a structure ya! Really beautiful. Thanks charo for sharing.

Flora said...

It is awesome no doubt... I am missing being librarian..., if that's the environment and structure just like that Library@orchied, I won't mind working throughout being librarian ����

Kipchu Namgyel said...

Classic!Never been to something like that.Getting my books from the stalls in the streets over here developed an instinct within me that people won't actually spent that much just on books.That was a surprise.Thanks for sharing.

Tshering Chekii said...

Amazing is an understatement. It's really well organized, beautiful and tempting at a time. Nice update Ma'am.

Rima Reyka said...

It's my pleasure dear! :) Melbourne's library is beautiful too! Apply a librarian post there Charo! ;)

Rima Reyka said...

It's my pleasure Kipchu! It's free to borrow books for Singaporean and Permanent Resident (PR) here. It's heaven for book readers! ^^

Rima Reyka said...

Yes it is Cheki! It's really beautiful. But think again, read at home, at my comfy bed or have it with tea and snack is much better than stay there whole day! Hahaha.... :P

Uden said...

very cool. definitely a must visit.

Rima Reyka said...

Indeed Uden! Especially for book reader like you ;)

Check this link to get the membership :) http://www.nlb.gov.sg/VisitUs/Membership.aspx

Lingi Jamtsho said...

super like...lol

Rima Reyka said...

Thank you Au Lingi :)

Flora said...

Good idea... But I don't think I can this job unless I brcome PR here

Sherab Tenzin Dorji said...

Wow...what an excellent library that is. I wish one of such libraries gets built in Thimphu also.

Sangay Phuntsho said...

Great one Rima. Love to see such coming up in our country sooner. Thanks.

Rima Reyka said...

Thank you Sherab and Sangay! Let's pray that one day you'll have as nice as this one in Bhutan :) Enjoy your weekend guys! ^^

Rekha Monger said...

My oh My, Ship me there RIGHT AWAY hahaha....I would eat, sleep, wake up and read my whole life in this store. Awesome!

And yeah so so jealous that you get to be amidst this book heaven.

Rima Reyka said...

Hahaha... I wish I can do it right away! ;)

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