The literature lovers of Singapore will know all too well escaping from reality into a fantasy world of books. And if you’re bored of your usual hub – we’ve selected our favourite bookstores and libraries in Singapore, that offer more than just reading. From fully-stocked shleves of treasure to modern ig-worthy spaces…we’ve located the 10 best bookstores and public libraries in Singapore to pick up a new book or hideaway for the day.
Best Bookstores In Singapore
Grab a coffee by Balestier Market Collective and dig into your favourite books at this revamped bookshop. The modern bookshop is conveniently located inside Singapore Art Museum – for those desiring to check out a new exhibition too. Plus, literature worms can expect a host of Singaporean and international writers popping up at this bookshop, to share their success secrets, for aspiring writers.
📍39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark 01-02, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 089065
This quirky bookstore features an array of magazines, art, architecture, design titles and children’s books to add to your collection – whatever you desire, expect these folks to have it. Additionally, it’s one of the fastest bookstore deliveries in Singapore if you don’t feel like travelling there.
📍 231 Bain Street, #04-19, Singapore 180231
As one of the most unusual independent bookstores in Singapore – Littered With Books lives up to its name. Located in Chinatown, you can wander through hundreds of titles and genres, in a relaxing atmosphere, in a former shophouse.
📍 20 Duxton Road, 089486
This Japanese bookstore chain can be found in various locations – but its Orchard Road outlet is the biggest bookstore, and it’s a wonderful spot to pick up some rare finds. Exhibiting more than 400,000 books, it’s known for its collection of unique Asian and international books, magazines, and more.
📍 391 Orchard Road #04 – 20/20B/20C/20E Takashimaya Shopping Centre Ngee Ann City, 238872
5. GOHD Books
GOHD has been open for more than a decade, and thrives by selling rare and obscure titles. Particularly, if you’re needing some extra study material or you want to find out about secrets in history…this is your spot to look. On top of the great reads, GOHD will often double-up as an event space offering book launches, meet-and-greets, art exhibitions, workshops, and much more.
📍 01-37 Burlington Square, 175 Bencoolen Street, 189649
This is an adorably-designed bookshop complete with a smiling rainbow in the window. Expect to find a great selection of titles, and children’s books galore. Whether you’re treating your little ones or wanting a bit of nostalgia – this is the place for bright and colourful pages in Singapore.
📍 No. 3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168642
Best Public Libraries In Singapore
The cool interior of this library has many influencers flocking here to snap an excellent instagrammable picture among the pretty bookshelves. But for those who are serious about reading, the library boasts more than 100,000 titles, from fiction to non-fiction, design books, and a range of interactive programmes. Plus, it’s a perfect place to hangout on a rainy day in Singapore.
📍 277 Orchard Road 11 Gateway 03-12/#04, Singapore 238858
This 16-storey public library on Victoria Street is perfect if you’re looking for space to unwind. It’s the largest library in Singapore, boasting two different library rooms, a workspace and study lounge, and plenty of space to find a quiet corner to read.
📍100 Victoria St, Singapore 188064
This beautiful public library, under the National Library Board, is a superb place to read more than 200,000 titles in a quiet space in Heartbeat@Bedok. The complex features various rooms, from study and reading areas to early literature, and multimedia zones with computers to work from. The themes of nature, prominent throughout the library, adds to the calming ambience. Perfect for all ages!
📍11 Bedok North Street 1, #02-03 & #03-04 Heartbeat@Bedok, Singapore 469662
Why not head to this beautiful library, overlooking Sentosa, offering unmatched scenic views of the harbour, beach and beyond? The library caters for people of all ages with a range of diverse books, learning pods, and the best sunset views a library could offer.
📍1 HarbourFront Walk, #03-05 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
And that concludes our list of the best bookstores and libraries in Singapore. Did we miss your favourite? Drop us a message on social media.