From book-sorting machines to a room that brings stories to life, our libraries are full of high-tech features you might not have known about. Here are five of them:
1. The AutoSorter
When you return a book, this computerised system mechanically sorts it into the right category, making it easier for staff to shelve returned items. It even uses data analytics to identify popular titles for display on the ‘Just Returned’ shelves. At libraries such as Sengkang Public Library and Bukit Panjang Public Library, library patrons can take a peek into the back room to watch the AutoSorter at work.
2. Integrated display
Both physical and digital books come under the spotlight in these thematic displays. Curated by our librarians, the regularly-updated displays provide recommendations for readers. Available at Sengkang Public Library and Bukit Panjang Public Library.
3. Immersive storytelling room
At Bukit Panjang Public Library’s Stories Come Alive room, young readers can see their favourite stories come to life through projected animation, lighting and sound effects.
To learn more about the Bukit Panjang Public Library, visit the link here.
4. Doodle Wall
Teens can express themselves freely on Sengkang Public Library and Pasir Ris Public Library’s Doodle Wall. An interactive projector lets them ‘write’ and ‘draw’ digitally on the wall, which they can also decorate with magnetic accessories.
5. NLB Mobile app
Pay fines, borrow books and register for library programmes on the go with the NLB Mobile app. You can also recommend your favourite books, bookmark intriguing new titles, and share what you’re reading via social media.
To learn more about the NLB Mobile app, visit the link here.