Public libraries offer flexible workspaces

SMART Work Centres, providing a flexible range of workspace options, officially opened in three public libraries yesterday, enabling people to work closer to home, and facilitating work-life balance and productivity.

The three centres are at Jurong Regional Library, Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library. They are designed to offer a professional work environment for various modes of work, and include features such as private workstations, secure Wi-Fi, printing and copying equipment, and video conferencing services.

The centres will be operated by global flexible workspace provider Regus, in conjunction with the National Library Board (NLB) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

As the centres are located within residential hubs, and very convenient to access via public transport, users can work closer to home.

The Smart Work Centre will charge either hourly or for monthly unlimited access.

"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," said Steve Leonard, IDA's executive deputy chairman.

NLB chief executive Elaine Ng added: "The addition of new business facilities gives people the option to work in an environment that combines lifelong learning with work-life balance."

Source: Business Times, 1 Jun 2014