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Access over 300,000 titles without visiting the library

Revamped mobile app to include magazines, newspapers; business library opens online

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Cheow Sue-Ann on 24 Oct 2017

The Straits Times

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Singaporeans can soon carry in their smartphones a whole library of resources.

 

The National Library Board (NLB) mobile application, NLB Mobile, has been revamped and boasts more reading materials accessible from a mobile device than before.

 

Available for users to download for free from tomorrow on iOS and Android mobile devices, the app was launched yesterday, alongside a media preview of the new Bedok Public Library.

 

The new version of the app allows users to read and download electronic magazines and newspapers, where previously this was not possible. The app was launched on Oct 24 last year.

 

Spanning across e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers, the revamped app will host over 307,000 titles from more than 100 countries.

 

The app also has an improved search function, allowing users to filter books by language, category and type - audio books, e-books or physical books.

 

Also launched yesterday, and already available for use on NLB's website, is the new Digital Business Library, which provides round-the-clock access to over 19,000 e-book and audio book titles from prominent business authors globally.

 

Mr Siow Shong Seng, director of technology and service innovation at NLB, said that having digital services at people's fingertips means that even those who are very busy will be able to make use of the library's resources without having to spend time travelling to and from the physical library.

 

This also means that the library can now serve all Singaporeans, even those who live, work or travel overseas, Mr Siow added.

 

Alongside these new digital capabilities, the media also got a sneak peek at the new Bedok Public Library yesterday.

 

The library had closed on Aug 20 in preparation for the move to Heartbeat@Bedok, a nearby building that houses several public facilities. The new two-storey library will officially open to the public on Saturday.

 

It has several features to help make the reading experience easier for senior citizens. They include an electronic magnifier device that can magnify a page from a book placed on it, books with larger fonts and a programme run every Friday by volunteers to help the elderly use the library's physical and digital resources.

 

Bedok resident Peter Ong , 67, a retired businessman, said he would frequent the library when it launches.

 

He said: "It will be a nice place to catch up on some reading and spend the day."

 

Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.