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3 Public Libraries in Singapore now host Smart Work Centres

FY Teng | May 30, 2014
Named Regus Express Centres, the facilities are located at Jurong Regional Library, Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), National Library Board (NLB) and the business workspace and facilities provider Regus, announced the official opening today (Friday, May 30, 2014) of three brand new Smart Work Centres-in Jurong Regional Library,  Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library.

According to the parties, the centres, named Regus Express Centres, offer professional work environments "designed to cater to different modes of work and are equipped with typical office facilities" and will have "private workstations, meeting spaces as well as facilities such as secure Wi-Fi, printing, copying and video-conferencing services." Individual users can choose from a variety of payment options or plans-ranging from pay-per-use (charged hourly) arrangements to monthly memberships-to access the centres.

Because, they are "located in residential hubs and conveniently accessible via public transport, their users can work closer to home [and] at the same time enjoy easy access to the library's collection of books, information resources, audio-visual materials and programmes including those organised by the Centres, to enhance their working and learning experience," said representatives from the IDA, NLB and Regus, who also cited the benefits of such centres for employers.

"[Those] who offer flexible work arrangements would be able to tap on a more diverse recruitment pool such as homemakers, which may be especially beneficial in light of the tight labour market," they said. "Companies can also benefit from more flexibility in workspace planning and be more agile in matching real estate needs to dynamic economic conditions."

"We are constantly looking at different ways to help grow Singapore-based companies," said Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman of the IDA. "The Smart Work Centre initiative is one of the innovative ways to support work needs by providing professional office facilities closer to homes. This is useful for large enterprises as well as small tech start ups, and also helps with talent attraction and retention with a more engaged workforce."


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