Read more and reflect deeply with our new initiatives!

Published on : 25 Nov 2021

Read more and reflect deeply with our new initiatives!

Our Informed Citizenry initiatives aim to nurture thoughtful people who reflect deeply on what they come across every day. Learn more about what you can look forward to here!

NLB and French Embassy launch Diard and Duvaucel book on French Natural History Drawings of Singapore and Southeast Asia

Published on : 18 Nov 2021

NLB and French Embassy launch Diard and Duvaucel book on French Natural History Drawings of Singapore and Southeast Asia

New Book on Natural History Drawings of Singapore and Southeast Asia launched by NLB and French Embassy

In 1818, two young French naturalists, Pierre-Médard Diard and Alfred Duvaucel, were recruited by Stamford Raffles to collect specimens in Singapore and the surrounding region. Diard and Duvaucel worked with local artists to create drawings of animals and plants they had collected, and sent these to scientists back home in France. The set of 117 drawings, whose digitised copies are held by Singapore’s National Library, are prized for their scientific and aesthetic value.

The newly launched book Diard & Duvaucel showcases the stunning, lifelike illustrations with text in English and French. It is the result of a collaboration between the Embassy of France and the National Library of Singapore, in partnership with Epigram Books, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and TotalEnergies.

Check out the book here.

Share knowledge and passion with fellow learners!

Published on : 21 Oct 2021

Share knowledge and passion with fellow learners!

Our communities are the heartbeat of our libraries and NLB’s vision is to continue bringing people together in the spirit of learning and sharing knowledge. Under our LearnX Communities initiative, we engage with groups across our public libraries to empower volunteer-led learning communities across a diverse range of interests and passions.


Learn more about LearnX Communities here!

Embark on a journey of learning and discovery!

Published on : 21 Oct 2021

Embark on a journey of learning and discovery!

Learning Pathways are a gateway to learning and discovery, offering a wide range of programmes and resources from NLB and our partners. Explore specially curated pathways for key learning focus areas (LFAs) such as Digital, Sustainability, and Career and Personal Development, or be empowered to create your own tailor-made learning journey.


Learn more about Learning Pathways here!

Visit us from 28 October 2021!

Published on : 20 Oct 2021

Visit us from 28 October 2021!

With the reopening of Choa Chu Kang Public Library on 28 October 2021, we are excited to invite you for a glimpse into the future of libraries in Singapore.


Learn more about Choa Chu Kang Public Library here!

BiblioAsia Covers the History of Singapore Comics

Published on : 18 Oct 2021

BiblioAsia Covers the History of Singapore Comics

There’s much more to Singapore comics than Mr Kiasu and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Learn about local comics on social issues, history and superheroes in the October issue of BiblioAsia.  


The latest issue also includes stories on the Ubin’s German Girl shrine, Changi Airport, ancient gold in Southeast Asia, and more.


Read the latest BiblioAsia issue

Biblioasia Oct Dec 2021

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About BiblioAsia

Produced by the National Library Board, BiblioAsia is a free quarterly publication that features articles on the history, culture and heritage of Singapore within the larger Asian context.


The Little Book Box

Published on : 27 Apr 2021

The Little Book Box

Click here to sign up.


Reading is a special gift we can provide for our children, and now it has become easier to get your hands on books from our librarians’ choice list. For a monthly subscription fee of S$10.70 (inclusive of GST), a box of 8 books, specially curated for children will be delivered to your doorstep.


1. Books delivered to the comfort of your homes for 3 consecutive months

A minimum subscription period of three (3) months is required with an upfront amount of S$32.10 (inclusive of GST). These books will be delivered every month.


2. A mix of books hand-picked by our librarians to help enrich your child’s reading journey

Subscribers will receive a monthly selection of eight (8) English children’s books, including a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles, and those from the Singapore collection. These books span a broad range of children's interests and are catered for two age groups, 4-6 years old and 7-9 years old.


3. An additional 8 books on top of your current loan quota

Books under this service do not fall within the usual loan quota. Therefore, subscribers can still continue to borrow up to 16 books (for basic member) and 24 books (for partner member), while having 8 books delivered to them. Subscribers may monitor the due dates of the books under this service in their library membership account, or refer to the printed receipt that will be inserted into the box with their book.


Click here for a full list of FAQ.


Terms of Service


1. You must apply to be a subscriber to this delivery service. There are a limited number of available subscriptions so no promise is made that every application will be successful.


2. To apply for this delivery service, you must first be a National Library Board (NLB) library member and must not have any unpaid fees/charges in your membership account. (Note: If the membership you hold is an annual one, there must be at least 6 months remaining to your library membership when your application is received.)


3. Each subscription period is for 3 months.


4. Under the subscription, you agree that a set of 8 books as selected by NLB will be delivered to you each month. You also agree that this service cannot cater for individual preferences so no requests for exchanges can be made.


5. Delivery schedules may differ but you will be able to enjoy reading the books for at least 21 days. The precise loan period and date due for the books will be shown in your library membership account.


6. The books must be returned to any NLB public library via the Bookdrop by the due date. (Note that there will be charges for overdue and lost books. See the rates at


7. You will receive an email from NLB on your application. If you have been successful, you will receive instructions on how to make payment of S$32.10 (including GST) for a 3-month subscription. NLB must receive the payment within 5 days of the date the email is sent, failing which NLB will cancel the application. Note that there can be no cancellation of a subscription and no refunds after payment is made.


8. Please ensure that there are no unpaid fees/charges in your membership account at any time during your subscription period. NLB will stop delivery of books until the fees/charges are paid.


9. The delivery address indicated in the application form will be used to deliver the books to you. NLB will not use this address for any other matters except for delivery under this delivery service. If you need to change this address, you must send the new address at least one month in advance to or you shall be responsible to pay for any lost books.


10. NLB has engaged a contractor to deliver the books. You agree that the contractor will need to be given your contact details for the sole purpose of delivery to you.

Take the lead in your lifelong learning and rewrite the possibilities at The LLiBrary!

Published on : 22 Jul 2021

Take the lead in your lifelong learning and rewrite the possibilities at The LLiBrary!

Whether you are dreaming of starting your own business, looking for ideas in your current job or feeling inspired to pursue a different career, you will find everything you need to kick-start your plans at The LLibrary.


Designed for working adults, The LLiBrary features self-service technologies that make it easy to locate, browse, and use the diverse collection for your professional development.


Avoid the hassle of queuing by collecting your reserved items from a designated shelf, renewing loans at library eKiosks and returning your library items at the bookdrop.


For more information, please visit


Lifelong Learning Institute

Level 3 (via Lobby B)

11 Eunos Road 8

Singapore 408601

Nearest MRT Station: Paya Lebar