National Library Board and Singapore Press Holdings extend free access of eNewspapers for library patrons beyond circuit breaker

Singapore, 28 May 2020 – The free access to Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) eight eNewspapers by National Library Board (NLB) will now be made available to library patrons beyond the circuit breaker period.  The eight digital newspapers are The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, Berita Harian and Tamil Murasu.

During the circuit breaker, library patrons have found it convenient to read these digital newspapers daily from their homes. The popularity of these digital newspapers has prompted NLB to work with SPH to continue providing free access from home to library patrons beyond the circuit breaker period. This is in line with the general shift from physical to digital newspapers in our libraries. In addition to the daily edition of the eNewspapers, library patrons can also access past issues of the newspapers for a week. 

Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive Officer of NLB, said, "SPH’s newspapers have always been very popular in our libraries. When we offered free access to SPH’s eNewspapers during the circuit breaker period, we saw strong demand in newspaper readership with many more people being able to access these newspapers from home. In response to this, we decided to work with SPH to extend this arrangement beyond the circuit breaker period and I am sure that this extension will be welcomed by our patrons."

Eric Ng, SPH’s Deputy Head of Circulation, said, “We are delighted to continue this partnership with NLB to help their patrons stay updated and engaged through our eNewspapers during this period.”

Library patrons can access these eNewspapers for free at and sign in with their myLibrary ID. Alternatively, they can sign in to the NLB mobile app ( and click on the SPH icon.


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 26 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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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.  

SPH's core business is in the publishing of newspapers, magazines and books in both print and digital editions. It also owns other digital products, online classifieds, radio stations and outdoor media. On the property front, SPH owns approximately 65% in SPH REIT whose portfolio comprises three properties in Singapore, namely Paragon, The Clementi Mall and The Rail Mall. In Australia, SPH REIT holds an 85% stake in Figtree Grove Shopping Centre and a 50% stake in Westfield Marion Shopping Centre. SPH also owns and operates The Seletar Mall and is developing an integrated development consisting of The Woodleigh Residences and The Woodleigh Mall. It is also an owner, manager and developer of a portfolio of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the United Kingdom and Germany. It currently operates two distinctive brands, Student Castle and Capitol Students. It is in the aged care sector in Singapore and Japan, and owns Orange Valley, one of Singapore's largest nursing homes. SPH runs a regional events arm. It also invested in the education business.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Joyce Lum
Circulation Marketing
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Andrew Lum
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Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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