Donations of library materials to the National Library play a significant role in adding diversity and depth to its collection and are instrumental in assisting the Library to obtain notable national collection items.
Donated materials may range from a single book offered to the library to a significant collection of library materials. They can be the library or collection of knowledgeable collectors and scholars who have systematically accumulated important publications over their years of study, as well as research works of value, such as manuscripts and photographs.
Accessing the Donor Collection
On-site Access - Donors Gallery
The Donors Gallery comprises over 30 donor collections in the fields of Singapore and Southeast Asian art, history, literature and education. Materials of different formats, such as maps, photographs, manuscripts and ephemeras are on display. Notable collections include items from Encik Abdul Ghani Hamid, the late Kouo Shang-Wei, Rediffusion and Naa Govindasamy.
The collection is stored in the closed access area at Level 10 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. Access to the materials can be requested at the Information counter at Level 11 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.
Selected materials have been digitized and made accessible on:
Chou Sing Chu Collection
The Chou Sing Chu Collection comprises over 1,000 titles published by 38 companies of Popular bookstore between 1924 to 1989. The publications are mainly in Chinese for children and young adults. Some of the popular titles include World Children(世界儿童),, World Youth(世界少年), Nanyang Digest (南洋文摘) and Majallah Bahasa Kebangsaan (马来语月刊).
- Materials donated by Mr Yeo Oi Sang are accessible here.
Lee Kip Lin Collection
The Lee Kip Lin Collection comprises over 19,000 items such as monographs, early Raffles Institution annual reports, letters and related documents of the East India Company, rare Singapore and Southeast Asian maps and photos, slides and negatives of early and modern Singapore taken by Mr Lee Kip Lin.
- Photos donated by the family of the late Mr Lee Kip Lin are accessible here.