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National Library Building
Exterior View

Officially opened on 12 November 2005, the National Library Building is a national knowledge icon located in the heart of the arts, cultural, entertainment and civic district of Singapore. As an icon and a prominent landmark, it embodies the nation’s unflinching pursuit of excellence and is a beacon of lifelong passion for knowledge and learning.

Other parts of the building

The National Library Building is also an innovative ‘green’ building designed as a “Library for the Tropics” using bioclimatic design techniques. Internationally recognised as an architectural icon and designed as a ‘green’ library building, its deployment of various innovative ‘green’ features keeps the building operating in an energy-efficient way and does its part for a more sustainable environment. For the considerable ‘green’ outcomes achieved, the National Library Building has won several awards in recognition of its energy-efficient features.

The 16-storey building houses the National Library Singapore, including the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library from levels 7 to 13 for library users to do their reference and research.  Located at the basement is the Central Public Library that provides patrons with a wide selection of lending materials including a large fiction collection.  The building also has tenants like the Drama Centre, a purpose-built performing arts space, owned and managed by the National Arts Council.

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