library@esplanade (Chinese: 滨海表演艺术图书馆) is a
public librarymanaged by Singapore's National Library Board. It is located on the third floor of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bayat Marina Centre, sited within Singapore's Downtown Core.
library@esplanade is Singapore's first public library for the
performing arts. It is also one of the few libraries in the world to be located within a performing arts complex, and is the second specialised boutiquelibrary in Singapore, after library@orchard.
Background and history
library@esplanade was established as part of the
Singapore Government's plan to develop the nation into a renaissance cityof the 21st century. The objective of the library was to bring the performing arts to the general publicand vice versa. Its specialised bookcollections, programmes and informationservices seek to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the performing arts for people from all walks of life with the aim of demystifying the artsas an elitistluxury.
The library was officially opened on
12 September 2002, by Khaw Boon Wan, then Senior Minister of State for Transport and Information, Communications and the Arts.
Spanning a floor area of 2,300
square metres (24,760 square feet), the layoutplan of library@esplanade comprises four clusters or "villages" for music, dance, theatreand film. This arrangement seeks to create a conducive environment that supports creativity, learningand entertainmentfor both the laypersonand the professional artiste.
The library features an
exhibitionspace known as the "Innovation Gallery", a performing stage equipped with a glassprojection wall and a miniature grand piano, a practice room with an upright pianoand an electronic keyboard, screening rooms with home theatre systems, music samplingposts, a dance alley, and a special collection room with an archiveon the performing arts scene in Singapore. There is also a caféin the library that is operated by a private vendor.
library@esplanade has a start-up collection of about 50,000 volumes of performing arts materials in both print and electronic formats. The collection comprises books on
historyand biography, instructional textbooks, periodicals and magazines, screenplays, play scripts, dance notations, and music scores. The library also has audio-visualmaterials that include classical and pop music CDs, DVDs and videotapes of films, dance performances, operaand orchestral performances, and Broadway theatreproductions. There are also journals, encyclopaedias and directories available for reference. The collection is internationalin scope, with an emphasis on the performing arts in Singapore and Asia. Like library@orchard, library@esplanade does not have any children's books.
The library works closely with practitioners and groups in the local performing arts scene to deliver programmes that reach out to various target
audiences. Some of library@esplanade's regular programmes include "Film Saturdays", a quarterly series which showcases local films and their producers; "Open Mic", a monthly programme which offers budding performers and amateurs a chance to showcase their talentand hone their skills; "Taking the Stage", a quarterly series featuring veteranperformers; and "Lunchtime Interludes", a monthly lunchtime concertor recitalfeaturing performances by music students and teachers.
Culture of Singapore
Dance in Singapore
Music of Singapore
*cite news | author = Eunice Quek, Kok Tse Wei | title = How the libraries stack up | publisher = "
The Straits Times" | date = 2 July 2005| page=S6
* [http://www.nlb.gov.sg National Library Board]
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