General Reference Collection

The General Reference Collection at the National Library provides the largest public collection of reference materials and services for the general public including authoritative information sources for research, education and decision-making.

The General Reference Collection broadly covers the various fields under the Arts (from literary, visual to performing arts), Business, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities and Language (Chinese, Malay and Tamil).

Accessing the General Reference Collection

On-site Access
The collection is distributed across Level 7 to 9 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.

Level Collections 
7 Business Collection
Science & Technology Collection
8 Arts Collection
Social Science & Humanities Collection
9 Chinese Collection
Malay Collection
Tamil Collection

The public may request for RCLOS items online at Walk-in requests may also be carried out at Level 11 counter from 10am to 7pm.

Digital Access
Selected materials have been digitized and made accessible on:

Featured Collections


Visual Arts Collection
With over 50,000 items, the collection of general arts materials at Level 8 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, covers global perspectives and exchanges in art traditions and critical text on the production of art in areas such as architecture, art history, sculpture, graphic arts, design and photography. The collection aims to support the appreciation, education and research into the development and history of the visual arts.

Business Collection
The Business Collection features a wide variety of print and online data and information including industry & market reports, analysis & research insights, statistics & financial profiles as well as business journals and trade directories.

The Business Collection can be found at Level 7 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. 

Science & Technology Collection
The Science & Technology Collection covers print and online databases focusing on engineering, computer science, information technology, manufacturing, healthcare, building construction and renovation.

The Science & Technology Collection can be found at Level 7 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.

Social Sciences & Humanities Collection
The Social Sciences & Humanities Collection covers a broad discipline of knowledge in the field of social sciences and humanities. Notable subjects include library and information science, education, literature, history and geography.

The Social Sciences & Humanities Collection can be found on Level 8 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.

Language Collection
The Language Collection is targeted at Singaporeans and researchers who are seeking reference materials in their mother tongue.

The Chinese Collection offers a diverse range of resources on Chinese culture and history, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), literature and the arts as well as the Chinese diaspora.

The Malay Collection has a special focus on language and literature while the Tamil Collection contains materials on Indian culture and customs, literature and the arts.

The Language Collection can be found at Level 9 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.


Last Updated On 24 May 2022