I [HEART] my Library

Seeing how it’s National Library Week in Singapore, I’d like to post a short kudos to the National Library Board of Singapore. I spent the afternoons of last weekend at the Southeast Asian Collection of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library looking up some research, and every time I go to the SEA collection at the 11th floor I’ve always had an enjoyable and productive time.

The SEA Collection has a good range of archaeology books including many that you can’t find in the stores anymore, which is really impressive since archaeological literature for this region is generally hard to come by anyway. And it was great to spend time in a library that had the Journal of Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Journal of the Siam Society and Journal of the Federated Malay States Museums all under one roof.

My compliments to the staff especially for being so helpful – from the librarian who suggested other libraries when I couldn’t find the book I needed, to the other librarian who let me deposit my stack of microfilms at the counter while I went down for a coffee break, to the staff at the photocopy room who fiddled with the settings of the microfilm printer until I got the best quality possible for my prints – without charging me extra.

I [heart] my library!

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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