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West Mall’s revamp to wrap up in 2025, with Bukit Batok library to double in size

West Mall in Bukit Batok is undergoing a makeover slated to be completed in 2025, with the library in the shopping centre set to reopen that year at twice its current size.

The National Library Board (NLB) said in a statement on Monday that Bukit Batok Public Library – located in the mall since it opened in 1998 – will be closed temporarily from Dec 31 for upgrading.

The 1,279 sq m library’s last day of operations will be on Dec 30 and it is slated to reopen by end-2025.

NLB said that at twice its current size, the revamped third-storey library will offer “new spaces and experiences in reading, learning and discovery”.

It will have a “refreshed look and larger spaces to meet the evolving needs of patrons, with new design and programme concepts”, the board added.

NLB chief executive Ng Cher Pong said this is being done in tandem with the mall’s upgrading and will allow the library to better serve the larger community of residents in the area.

Mall owner Singapore Land Group (SingLand) said on Monday that West Mall’s refurbishment, which began in the first half of 2023, is slated to be done in 2025. The mall, which is next to Bukit Batok MRT station, will remain fully operational throughout as the work takes place in phases.

Besides the bigger library, other highlights include converting the mall’s open plaza into a sheltered one, which will would help to promote social interaction through future programming, SingLand said. Such programmes include community engagement activities and seasonal or festival-themed events.

The sheltered plaza will come with new food and beverage (F&B) spaces.

The mall’s basement is set to house an expanded line-up of F&B and lifestyle stores, said SingLand.

The developer said in its 2022 annual report that the refurbishment exercise will add about 20,000 sq ft of retail space that will help the mall serve residents of the new Tengah town.

The six-storey mall, including a basement floor, is on a 99-year lease that began on March 1, 1995, and has a net lettable area of about 183,000 sq ft.

When the library is closed, NLB will set up nearby 24-hour book dispenser and reservation lockers in 2024 for patrons to pick up reserved items.

Patrons are also encouraged to visit nearby libraries, tap NLB’s e-resources or have up to four library items delivered to their homes for a fee through the board’s Borrow-n-Deliver service.

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