Singapore's first library focused on continuing education and training opens

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Eunos, where a new vocational library for working adults is sited. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Eunos, where a new vocational library for working adults is sited. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The National Library Board (NLB) opened a new vocational library for working adults on Friday. It was built in collaboration with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

Called LLiBrary, it is Singapore's first continuing education and training library and is sited at the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Eunos.

It has about 8,000 non-fiction books, 30 periodical titles and more than 200 audio-visual materials, covering topics such as career advancement, vocational guidance and skills upgrading.

The 830 sq m library features cocoon-like reading chairs, an open-air atrium for hosting programmes, and a series of wooden steps that can serve as a reading platform.

The LLiBrary will be working with partners at the Institute, as well as the Asian Culinary Institute and the Singapore Institute of Retail Studies, to develop its collection.

WDA chief executive Ng Cher Pong said at Friday's launch: "With the LLiBrary, individuals will have an additional platform to continue to learn and deepen their knowledge and skills."

The library is open to the public from 10am to 10pm from Mondays to Saturdays except on public holidays. The WDA expects about 60,000 visitors annually.