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National Library Board Act

The National Library Board (NLB) is a statutory board established under the National Library Board Act (Chapter 197) (NLB Act). The NLB Act was last amended on 31 January 2019. As the governing statute, the NLB Act sets out the NLB’s functions and powers. 

The functions of the NLB include the following:

  1. to establish libraries and to promote reading and encourage learning through the use of libraries.
  2. to provide a repository for library materials published in Singapore that are deposited with and preserved by the NLB under what is referred to as legal deposit.
  3. to acquire a comprehensive collection of library materials including online materials relating to Singapore and its people.
  4. to compile and maintain a national union catalogue and a national bibliography.
  5. to provide a repository of archives of national or historical significance and to facilitate access to these archives.
  6. to record, preserve and disseminate the history of Singapore through oral history.

The powers of the NLB include the following:

  • to collaborate with other libraries, information providers, archives and oral history centres.
  • to undertake and facilitate research on libraries, librarianship, archival work and oral history.
  • to enter into contracts.
  • to form or participate in the formation of a company.
  • to charge fees, commissions or rent for any services or facilities provided.
  • to make copies of any online material made available on a Singapore website.
  • to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in connection with its functions. 

Last Updated On 24 May 2022