Singapore's libraries: Between the covers

How our libraries came to be, and where they're headed.

CHEN Onn Peng remembers what it was like to travel a whole hour just to get to a library. In the '60s, she and her twin sister would get on bus 107 from Johor Bahru and ride it all the way to a red brick building on Stamford Road. There, at what was Singapore's National Library building at the time, the teenaged sisters would encounter a universe larger than their own. "Whatever you wanted to know was all in there. The world was at our fingertips," the former media professional says as she recounts the time she spent poring over books at the library. As she read, she also made handwritten notes as there were no photocopying facilities then. In the 1960s, photocopying was in its infancy - Xerox...

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