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Smart Work Centres Officially Open in Public Libraries

30 May 2014 - The first Smart Work Centres located at Jurong Regional Library, Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library officially opened today.

Singapore, 30 May 2014 | For Immediate Release

Operated by global flexible workspace provider Regus, these centres bring work closer to homes

The first Smart Work Centres located at Jurong Regional Library, Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library officially opened today. Operated by global flexible workspace provider Regus in collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and National Library Board (NLB), the Regus Express Centres widen the range of flexible workspace options, enabling people to work closer to home, and facilitate work-life balance and productivity.

The three Regus Express centres stem from the IDA's initiative to set up Smart Work Centres around Singapore, to bring work closer to homes and the community. The Centres offer a professional work environment designed to cater to different modes of work and are equipped with typical office facilities. There will be private workstations, meeting spaces as well as facilities such as secure Wi-Fi, printing, copying and video-conferencing services.

With these Centres located in residential hubs and conveniently accessible via public transport, their users can work closer to home. At the same time, they can 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.

Employers 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. Companies can also benefit from more flexibility in workspace planning and be more agile in matching real estate needs to dynamic economic conditions.

Individuals can choose from options to access the Centres' pay per use facilities, ranging by the hour to a monthly membership offering that provides unlimited access, without the need to commit to traditional long term lease for workspaces.

"At IDA, we are constantly looking at different ways to help grow Singapore-based companies. 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," said Mr Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman, IDA.

Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer, National Library Board, said, "Our libraries are already frequented by people from all walks of life. The addition of new business facilities gives people the option to work in an environment that combines lifelong learning with work-life balance."

Paul MacAndrew Country Manager for Regus in Singapore comments, "Regus shares the goal of the IDA to help Singapore companies prosper through smarter ways of working. Having pioneered flexible working practices across the world, we have seen through our own experience how they boost companies' success and strengthen local economies. Our collaboration with the IDA and NLB brings the future of work to Singapore, and as a result employers and individuals here can benefit greatly."

To find out more about Regus Express, please visit or call the Regus hotline at 1 800 622 1563.


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About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

The mission of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is to develop information technology and telecommunications within Singapore with a view to serve citizens of all ages and companies of all sizes. IDA does this by actively supporting the growth of innovative technology companies and start-ups in Singapore, working with leading global IT companies as well as developing excellent information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, policies and capabilities for Singapore. For more news and information, visit

About National Library Board

The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation. Through the National Library and its network of 25 public libraries, NLB promotes reading, learning and information literacy. By forging strategic partnerships to cultivate knowledge sharing, the libraries also encourage appreciation and awareness of Singapore's history through their wide range of programmes and collection on Singapore and regional content. The National Archives of Singapore, an institution of NLB, oversees the collection, preservation and management of public and private archival records, including government files, private memoirs, maps, photographs, oral history interviews and audio-visual materials. NLB also uses innovative technology to provide access to its digital library resources and services, and archival collection. Established on 1 September 1995 as a statutory board, NLB is now under the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). For more information on NLB, please visit

About Regus

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 1,800 business centres in 102 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit:

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Senior Manager
Corporate and Marketing Communications Division
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Christina LOW (Ms)
Corporate Communications, National Library Board
Tel: +65 6332 1889

Jowie LAW (Ms)
PR & Communications Manager, APAC
Tel: +852 2166 8967

Esmond Yan (Mr)
T +65 6338 1006