Ideas for getting people into the reading habit even as fewer young adults visit libraries

Members of the public using the reference facilities at the National Library.
Members of the public using the reference facilities at the National Library. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Fewer young adults are visiting libraries compared to other age groups, according to the National Library Board (NLB). So, how might they be encouraged to read more?

Some possible ways: give people credits to buy books and have physical books on public transport for commuters to browse.

These were among the ideas raised on Thursday evening during an SGfuture engagement session organised by the Ministry of Communications and Information and NLB.

Other suggestions made during the session, held at library@orchard, include having public libraries open for 24 hours on certain days and creating apps in which users can track their reading habits and get book recommendations from writers and other personalities.

While figures on the drop in the number of young adults frequenting libraries were not immediately available, NLB said the trend could be due to school or work commitments.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, who attended the session, said it was important to make books more accessible to the public.

This could be done through pop-up stations or on MRT trains, said Dr Yaacob.

And to encourage more Singaporeans to read, a National Reading Movement is expected to be launched later this year by the Government.