United World College of Southeast Asia - East - has two libraries on its new campus in Tampines.
  • The Primary Library serves approximately 1000 students in the Infant (K1, K2 & Grade 1) and Junior (Grades 2-5) schools.

  • The Kishore Mahbubani Library (also referred to as the Secondary Library) serves approximately 1500 students in the Middle (Grades 6-8) and High (Grades 9-12) schools.
The libraries are an integral component of the learning life at the East campus, supporting all members of the community as critical thinkers, creative and innovative problem solvers, and principled and literate users of all forms of information.  

Our growing collection of print and digital resources is built around the concept that the purpose of the library is to spread ideas, intra- and extra-curriculum.  The most basic strategy is to foster reading to learn, reading to understand, and reading for enjoyment.  

As physical spaces, the libraries have been designed to maximise exposure to materials and to encourage communication and collaboration, while also offering rooms for quiet reading and research.
The Primary Library

Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm


Barbara Reid, Library Facilitator (bre@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg)

 Ms. Shirin, Library Assistant (shirinuwc@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg)

Ms. Katie, Library Aide (katalinuwc@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg)

As of August 2013, there are over 23,000 books in the Primary Library (providing a ratio of 23 books per student) as well as thousands of curriculum and teaching resources and class library books.

The facility, located on the ground floor of the Primary School teaching block, has five major zones, each of which can accommodate a full-sized class of students: a soft-seating reading alcove for Infant students, a tiered-seating theater for storytelling and viewing, a fiction reading area with soft seating for Junior students, a non-fiction research area with tables, and a digital literacy teaching space with 24 iMacs and interactive whiteboard.

The Kishore Mahbubani Library (secondary)

Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Katie Day, Head of Library Services (kda@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg)

Mr. Haniff, Senior Library Assistant (haniffuwc@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg)

Ms. Ernie, Library Assistant (ernieuwc@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg)

There are over 15,000 books in the secondary library, as well as thousands of textbooks and teaching resources.  New books are being added all the time.  

The secondary school is in its third year of operation -- with 1300 students and another 300 expected in August 2014.  The goal is to maintain roughly 20 books per student ratio in the lending collection, which means 30,000 books eventually.

The two-storey facility, located off the central plaza, provides a range of spaces for social, collaborative learning as well as individual study. In this first year of operation, while the collections and student body are still small, all the print resources are being housed upstairs.

The ground floor provides plenty of tables that can be arranged in different configurations, sufficient for up to three full classes to be seated at once. The Bamboo Corner is filled with enough beanbags for one class to lounge and read. For totally quiet, individual study, there are two side rooms, the Paris Salon and the Orchid Pavilion, each of which contains 24 study carrels. Also on the ground floor is a fully-equipped classroom called The Think Tank, bookable by teachers, parents, and students for various purposes.

Upstairs is more seating -- chairs at tables, beanbags, sofas, and booths. There are also three group study rooms, meant for collaboration.

The space is definitely a work-in-progress, celebrating process over product.

Click here for a floor plan of the library.