Visitors to the newly revamped Bukit Panjang Public Library will be impressed by the modern design, the warm bright lights and the children's zone in a distinct wing, showcasing returned books sorted by auto-sorter machine.
A thoughtfully designed fixture that houses the multimedia and catalogue station monitors solves the problem of overhead lights reflecting on computer screens.
This idea should be applied to the e-newspapers station as well.
A raised platform, called the Book Mountain, holds the adults' non-fiction collection. Although there is a gradual ramp up, the alternative way via steps does not have handrails, and older people might stumble.
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In the sunken seating areas, there should be signs calling attention to the steps on the approach. Handrails should also be installed where feasible.
The 50mm-wide coloured ribbons to help visitors find their way around the library may make visitors, especially the elderly, a little woozy.
The library should consider using 300mm-wide coloured bands or contrasting flooring to mark the different sections instead.
Loong Chik Tong