Libraries and archives will resume regular opening hours from 1 September 2020

Singapore, 28 August 2020 – The National Library Board (NLB) will resume regular opening hours of our libraries and archives from 1 September 2020. The National Library Building, National Archives of Singapore Building and all public libraries will open from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. while public libraries located in shopping malls will open from 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. The Former Ford Factory will open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. We hope this will bring greater convenience to our patrons, allowing them to once again benefit from our services earlier in the mornings and after work in the evenings.

  1. Safe distancing measures and capacity controls such as the online booking system (, the ‘borrow and go’ model and capacity limits will continue to be implemented. The 30-minute and two-hour limit will also remain for visits to our public libraries and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library respectively. Seating and study areas in our premises, including newspaper and multimedia stations, will not be available. All programmes, guided tours and events in our physical spaces will remain temporarily suspended.
  2. Please refer to the Annex for more details on the opening hours and services available at our facilities.

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About National Library Board
The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation by promoting reading, learning and history through its network of 27 public libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. NLB also forges strategic partnerships that encourage awareness, appreciation and greater discovery of Singapore’s history through its rich collections on Singapore and the region.

NLB achieves excellence through innovation, focusing on citizen engagement and co-creation, resource and digital innovation. This creates learning opportunities, greater access to library resources, services and archival collections, as well as a continual development of innovative library spaces. Established on 1 September 1995 as a statutory board, NLB is under the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).

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Annex - Opening hours and list of services available (from 1 September 2020)