MOLLY: The Mobile Library that Reaches Out to Singaporeans

Molly the Mobile Library has undergone a number of innovations to better reach those who are not able to visit the National Library Board’s libraries regularly.

NLB has a total of 25 libraries across the country, with each one comprehensively supplied with a broad selection of books, audio-visual materials and online resources. NLB is well aware of the fact that even with such a network of libraries, there are still some Singaporeans who may not be able to visit them regularly, and so Molly comes to the rescue. This bus service is NLB’s inventive way of bringing library resources closer to the doorstep of many people in the country.

Molly underwent retrofitting and now carries around new technological features to enrich every visitor’s reading and learning experience. The new Molly is equipped with 8 iPads, making the access to NLB’s eResources much easier. Children can now enjoy interactive applications for art, songs and rhymes. The mobile library is also stocked with a wide collection of 3,000 books and audio-visual materials, all of which were selected carefully.

On top of those upgrades, Molly is improved even more with the internal book-drop in replacement of the portable book-drop it previously had. The upgraded borrowing stations allow every visitor to check out multiple loan items all at once, thus saving time. There is also now a built-in ramp for individuals in a wheelchair. The interior is fully furnished to provide a comfortable setting where visitors can read, enjoy storytelling, puppetry and other learning activities.

Through the initiative of NLB, these developments are all in line with the mission of introducing latest library services, promoting reading and encouraging learning among Singaporeans.