The National Library is Singapore’s knowledge institution, responsible for collecting, preserving, curating and making accessible our documentary and published heritage as well as the provision of trusted reference services. We are the premier resource for works on or about Singapore and the region, and we provide the largest selection of reference works in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
Our physical collections are complemented by a wide range of digital collections, resources and electronic databases such as NewspaperSG for Singapore and Malaya newspapers, Infopedia on all things Singapore, BookSG for digitised rare books and documents, and NORA, the National Online Repository of the Arts.
Using our rich collections, we create the discovery and greater appreciation of Singapore’s history and culture, as well as create the platform for the public to engage with thought leaders through our active engagement efforts, whether through exhibitions, programmes and publications. We have two permanent galleries located at the National Library Building. The first is The Donors’ Gallery on Level 10, which features a selection of donations that provide a glimpse into the life of early Singapore. The second is The News Gallery: Beyond Headlines on Level 11, which offers an interactive platform for visitors to learn how to be more discerning about information and media.
That is not all. In an increasingly digital age, the National Library has three virtual exhibitions, Script & Stage, Selling Dreams, and From the Stacks, where online visitors can explore everything from rare materials to local theatre history and print advertising – all while on the go. There is also an array of digital content specially curated for users who prefer to visit us digitally on social media. Aside from programmes related to Singapore, our Eye on Asia initiative provides resources for anyone interested in opportunities in the region.
In a time when misinformation and fake news are common, the National Library has an important role to play in growing a more discerning citizenry. Our S.U.R.E. (Source, Understand, Research, Evaluate) information literacy programme creates programmes and learning resources targeted at all Singaporeans.