Drop in at libraries to work from pay-per-use spaces

Drop in at libraries to work from pay-per-use spaces
Mr Hafidz Bujang, co-founder of IT solutions start-up Six Alliance, making use of one of the new thinkpods at a Smart Work Centre (SWC) at Jurong Regional Library, where they were launched on 30 May 2014.

SINGAPORE - Pay-per-use workspaces, complete with meeting rooms, video-conferencing facilities, Wi-Fi and photocopiers, are now available at three community libraries.

These Smart Work Centres (SWCs), located in Toa Payoh, Geylang East and Jurong, were set up to provide entrepreneurs and people on flexible working arrangements with the services and workspaces they need at low cost.

They will give employees "better work-life balance and... flexible work arrangements", said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, who was speaking at the official launch of the centres at Jurong Regional Library yesterday.

The initiative is part of a push for employers to adopt "more work-life-friendly practices", said Dr Yaacob, adding that users can also tap services and materials in the libraries.

People who wish to use the facilities at the SWCs will need to register with workplace solutions provider Regus, which runs the the centres, to gain access.

Each SWC can accommodate up to 47 people, and space is subject to availability.

Rental charges range from about $20 a day for desk space, to $399 a month for a private cubicle. Hourly rentals for workspaces are also available.

The SWCs are a tie-up between the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and National Library Board, and co-funded by IDA and Regus.

The take-up rate so far has been "encouraging", with 20 memberships sold at the Jurong branch alone since its soft launch two weeks ago, said Regus' country manager for Singapore, Mr Paul MacAndrew.

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