One Search, Many Sources - NLB rolls out upgraded search engine to help users find information across the National Library, Public Libraries and National Archives

Singapore, 10 September 2014 – With a search word and a single click, the public can now locate a range of books, magazines, audio-visual materials, eBooks, photographs, news articles and even oral history interviews and maps related to a particular subject. OneSearch is the National Library Board’s (NLB) latest search engine that provides user-friendly and seamless access to the rich digital content available across the National Library, Public Libraries and the National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer of NLB said, “Our new one-stop search engine has redefined how users can seek, browse and retrieve content from our libraries and archives.  By expanding the search across various sources of information, users can get a broader perspective of the topic they are researching on, all within the same portal.”

OneSearch has replaced NLB’s previous portal, SearchPlus, offering more extensive search coverage beyond books, magazines and audio-visual materials from the library’s catalogue.  The search now spans across a wide range of databases and online content including digitised newspapers, audio-visual recordings, local music, literary works, manuscripts, speeches, biographies, among others.

Users who are looking for past news articles can refer to NewspaperSG, which is refreshed with more content. An online resource of current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers, NewspaperSG contains 28 searchable newspaper titles. Currently, there are more than 24 million articles available, with the oldest article dating back to 1831. New additions to the database include past issues of The New Paper since it was first published in 1988. Three other local newspapers, Berita Harian, Nanyang Siang Pau and The Business Times, have also been updated to their first editions. The Pana Times, a Japanese-language newspaper that was published in Singapore between 1985 and 1987, is also available for browsing on NewspaperSG.

Users can access OneSearch at They can also tap into the search portal via NLB’s website and at the multimedia stations located in all libraries.