April 2000

The National Library Board (NLB) organised two Fellowship programmes under the Singapore Cooperation Programme from 24 - 28 April 2000. The programmes included the CONSAL XI Conference (Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians), and the CDNLAO 2000 Conference (Committee of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania).

May 2000

The NLB launched the e-Library on 9 May 2000 at the e-station at Suntec City Mall, providing an additional avenue to access NLB's extensive collection of multimedia resources and services outside the library premises.

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, officially opened the Marine Parade Community Library (MPCL) at the Marine Parade Community Building on 28 May 2000.

July 2000

The NLB organised the Library Book Sale 2000 from 15-16 July 2000 at the Singapore Expo Hall. The event saw more than 65,000 visitors and sold more than 214,000 books and magazines.

The NLB prototyped e-Learning - an innovative and effective way of delivering skills training through the web - at Marine Parade Community Library on 15 July 2000.

August 2000

Mr K Shanmugam, Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC, officially opened the Sembawang Community Library (SBCL) on 11 August 2000. The opening day saw over 12,000 people visiting the library and almost 10,000 loans made.

The NLB signed an agreement with ST Logitrack to extend the Electronic Library Management System (ELiMS) to its branches, making it one of the first libraries in the world to use an integrated library management system using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to manage the tracking, distribution, circulation and flow of library materials.

September 2000

The NLB attained top ratings in the External Customer Perception Survey commissioned by PS21, based on the findings released in September 2000.

The NLB won the Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H Award Gold Trophy again. NLB was one of the pioneer organisations that struck gold the previous year.

October 2000

RAdm Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education, Second Minister for Defence, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris GRC, officially opened the Pasir Ris Community Library (PRCL) on 6 October 2000, making it the eighth and largest shopping mall library in Singapore.

November 2000

Mrs S R Nathan launched the first Asian Children's Festival (ACF) on 27 November 2000. The festival was organised by the NLB and the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS).

The Asian Storytelling Showcase, the first programme during the ACF, sparked off an island-wide storytelling carnival at libraries.

Mr Othman Haron Eusofe, Minister of State, Ministry of Manpower, opened the Asian Children's Writers and Illustrators Conference on 29 November 2000. It attracted over 200 local and overseas writers and illustrators.

December 2000

Mr Peter Chen, Senior Minister of State for Education and Trade and Industry, presented the Dymocks Singapore Literature Prize on 14 December 2000. The event was organised by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and supported by the NLB.

January 2001

Mr Phillip Yeo, Chairman of the Economic Development Board, launched Life Sciences@the Courtyard, a new thematic programme to support the Government's efforts in developing this sector in Singapore on 16 January 2001.

February 2001

Dr Richard Hu, Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Kreta Ayer - Tanglin GRC, officially opened the Moulmein Community Children's Library on 25 February 2001. The new community children's library promotes reading and provides library facilities to children in the constituency.

March 2001

The NLB participated as a partner at e-Celebrations organised by the Infocomm Development Authority from 7 March - 12 April. During this period, the NLB conducted a series of training and user-education sessions in information technology and multimedia services available at the NLB's libraries.