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The National Library Board Singapore (NLB) set up NLB Labs as a platform for collaboration to create new and innovative information services that will provide an enriched library experience for users.To this end, NLB make available several APIs and data services that can be used to create, complement or be integrated into your services to better our common customer experience.

If you are keen to collaborate with us, kindly complete the Open Web Service Application Form.


API key is required for access; please request for one using the Open Web Service Application Form.

API Description
Catalogue Search  SOAP Web Service to search and retrieve physical library items and item availability at NLB's libraries.


Title Recommendation  SOAP Web Service which returns list of suggested reads from NLB's libraries, based from NLB recommendation service.


eResources Search SOAP Web Service to search NLB eResources such as book title, summary and URL etc.


Note: Refer to NLB Open Web Services documentation for more details


API key is required for access; please request for one using the Open Web Service Application Form. 

RSS Description
Booklist of Popular Titles    A RSS feed of NLB items, ordered by number of loans for each Dewey Decimal number (i.e 001,002, …,999).
Each DDC number has a maximum of 100 records.
The list will be refreshed on a monthly basis.


Library Events/ Programmes    A RSS feed of events/programmes organised by NLB libraries.


NLB Library Locations    A RSS feed of all NLB libraries with library description and geo-spatial data.


New Arrivals (Library Items) A RSS feed of new titles added to NLB’s libraries.


Note: Refer to NLB Open Web Services documentation for more details


Please note that the actual contents are subjected to non-commercial use.

Datasets Description
READ! Singapore Short Stories (eBook Catalogue) Datasets of downloadable short story ebooks from the READ! Singapore programme in Tidy Data format.


Malay eBooks (eBook Catalogue)  Datasets of downloadable ebooks and multimedia ebooks from Malay library collection in Tidy Data format.


Infopedia (eContent Catalogue) Datasets of articles on Singapore's history, culture, people and events in XML and Tidy Data format.

NLB Authorities and  NLB Original Bibliographic Records (RDF)

NLB Authorities records comprise of People, Places and Organisations terms created by NLB Knowledge Organisation team. Approximately 10,000 local authority terms (as of 16 Apr 2019) are available in this set.  

NLB Original Bibliographic Records were created for the PublicationSG collection. The items were collected through NLB Legal Deposit function, showcasing Singapore's published heritage. Approximately 76,000 NLB-owned bibliographic records (as of 13 May 2019).

Resource: Download to view

API Terms of Service

Singapore Open Data Licence (V1.0)

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Last Updated On 04 Jun 2021