Central Public Library reopens with new marine biodiversity space, generative AI storytelling

The Central Public Library has reopened its doors after an 18-month renovation, featuring a marine biodiversity-themed learning space for children, and storytelling through artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality technologies.

The Children’s Biodiversity Library features an Intertidal Zone, Open Ocean Zone and Submarine Room.


One of the key features of the Central Public Library, the Children’s Biodiversity Library aims to let children get up close with marine life through a plethora of marine and coral specimens and books on marine biodiversity.

Infographics at the Intertidal Zone showcase hardy sea life, including corals, sea stars and crabs that inhabit sandy shores.

At the Open Ocean Zone, a floor-to-ceiling coral installation and specimens from S.E.A. Aquarium’s collection, including shark egg cases and coral skeletons, are on display. Visitors can also view a video projection of a jellyfish habitat housed in the S.E.A. Aquarium.

In the Submarine Room, volunteers from Resorts World Sentosa and members of the public who are trained in marine biology and conservation conduct intertidal animal art, upcycling workshops and storytelling sessions. Visitors have the opportunity to meet real-life divers and aquarists.


The Singapore collection of heritage books is now housed in Singapore Alcove, which also features interactive digital kiosks and physical artefacts. AI and augmented reality (AR) technologies are also prominently featured in the newly renovated Central Public Library.

A new Immersive Room lets library users create their own interactive stories by tinkering with StoryGen, an AI application produced by the NLB and Amazon Web Services.


Users can select their choice of characters, genre and story location based on six well-loved stories, such as Sang Nila Utama, Little Red Riding Hood and Wizard of Oz. Stories will be displayed on six visual panels of a curved wall. The content can also be downloaded on users’ devices via a QR code.

Library users can take a personality quiz or find book recommendations at any of the four interactive digital kiosks in Singapore Alcove.



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