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There's a good reason why researchers encourage picking up books (and not sleeping on it) during our idle time. It’s a proven way to enhance vocabulary, strengthen the mind, and keep negative energy at bay. There is just peace in flipping through the leaves of a literary epic for countless hours, awaiting a joyful ending for your beloved characters after one hell of an adventure. Despite the rising popularity of e-books, Singapore keeps the spirit of reading actual books by preserving its public libraries. Take a break from your nightly binge-viewing habit and visit these public libraries in Singapore to boost your endorphins.

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Central Public Library

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We’ve all been told how important it is to start reading at a young age. Help kids unleash their imagination by visiting the Central Public Library on Victoria Street. It's home to My Tree House, an eco-friendly book haven housing over 40,000 hardcovers that focus on environmental themes. There are also storytelling sessions held every weekend, so make sure to visit!

  • 100 Victoria St, #B1-01 National Library Building, Singapore 188064

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Toa Payoh Public Library

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No one is too old or too young to enjoy well-written literary work. Since opening its doors in 1974, Toa Payoh Public Library has carried a plethora of over 200,000 literary works. Bond with your kids at the Baby Books section, among its cute hexagon-shaped bookshelves. Meanwhile, a collection of graphic fiction awaits teenagers in the Teen Zone and elderly residents can have a good read of old magazines or newspapers on the second floor. There's something for the whole family here!

  • 6 Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 319191

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Tampines Regional Library

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There's more to the Tampines Regional Library than meets the eye. Acquire a new set of skills when you visit PIXEL Labs, which focuses on arts and technology—including how to fix 3D printers. The WISHers Reading Club, specifically for housewives and elderly residents, also teaches conversational English to those interested to learn. Meanwhile, a 700m-long running field on the roof is perfect for an early morning jog before reading a good book inside the library.

  • 1 Tampines Walk, #02-01 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523

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Pasir Ris Public Library

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This library on Pasir Ris Central Street is a real-life paradise for every teenage bookworm. The Teens Mezzanine is the star of Pasir Ris Public Library, a place where young bibliophiles can freely interact with each other and share what's on their reading list. It also boasts modern reading spaces that keep visitors hooked as they follow the protagonist's journey on every page.

  • 1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3 #04-01/06 White Sands, Singapore 518457

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library@esplanade

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Choose your tribe when you visit library@esplanade! People from different walks of life gather here to celebrate the beauty of performing arts. Budding musicians can hold a live jamming session inside the Silent Studio. For aspiring screenwriters, head to the Film Village and unlock instant VIP access to books on film production, screenplays, or film history. Explore the library further, and you can also browse literary works at the Dance Village or Theater Village. This book sanctuary is truly a paradise for every aspiring artist!

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library@harbourfront

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Get lost in the woodlands of your imagination. An architectural marvel inspired by the seacoast immediately welcomes visitors upon entering this library at VivoCity. Pick up any book from its collection of 200,000 titles while enjoying a glorious view of Sentosa. Young patrons can also have a fun time at the Stories Come Alive Room for an immersive storytelling session or, perhaps, explore Tinker Trunk for different hands-on learning activities.

  • 1 HarbourFront Walk, #03-05 VivoCity, Singapore 098585

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Marine Parade Public Library

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After being refurbished in 2013, the Marine Parade Public Library has become a go-to spot for bibliophiles to take a momentary break from the city jungle's noises. Delve deep in its literary archives holding more than 200,000 pieces in Tamil, English, Malay, and Mandarin Chinese languages. Once your reading session is done, hop to Cafe Galilee and enjoy a hearty meal before going back to the outside world.

  • 278 Marine Parade Rd, #01-02 Community Building, Singapore 449282

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Bishan Public Library

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This book sanctuary has been featured in countless publications and Instagram posts for its innovative structure. The colorful pods seen protruding on Bishan Public Library's front give visitors exclusive reading areas while inside. Kids can also have a fun time with their parents at Play@Library where activities are held every Tuesday and Sunday. Bishan Public Library has five levels where readers can discover a plethora of titles from adult fiction to travel guides, and business or baby books.

  • 5 Bishan Pl, #01-01, Singapore 579841

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Jurong Regional Library

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Jurong Regional Library champions the youth through Verging All Teens (VAT). It's a section dedicated to young adults where they can read countless books, socialize, and organize their own live gigs. Jurong Regional Library boasts a collection of over 400,000 literary works and a large seating capacity that can accommodate up to 800 guests. Visiting parents can also take advantage of the library's advisory and information assistance to know the best books their kids can read.

  • 21 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609732

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Sports Hub Library

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Located inside the Singapore Sports Hub, this library is dedicated to aspiring and professional athletes. It strives to engage more people in the world of sports through its wide array of prints, audiovisuals, and electronic learning materials. From genres like sports and recreation to training and coaching, there are so many resources for sports enthusiasts to enjoy. Make sure to also visit the Sports Hub Library's life-sized chess set and snap a photo for a cute souvenir!

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