NLB unveils upgraded Mobile App to provide a more personalised and enriching experience


Singapore, 23 February 2021 – Get ready for a revamped NLB mobile app that is more user -friendly and offers more resources for all. The upgraded app promises a fresh look and feel with a design that clinched a bronze at the A’Design Awards 2019-2020, an international award recognised for innovation and design.

2     Currently, library patrons can already experience a wide range of services and digital resources with the NLB mobile app such as:

  • Borrow and reserve library books, eBooks and audiobooks
  • Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks online
  • Access local and international digital newspapers and magazines
  • Use the app to access NLB’s websites by scanning the QR code on the websites 

3          With the refreshed app, library patrons can now have the library in their pocket and enjoy smoother user experience, improved navigation, access to personalised book recommendations and more digital resources. The key new features include:

  • Personalised book recommendations based on borrowing history
  • Reading lists curated by librarians
  • More eResources such as children’s eReadalongs and market research databases  
  • Easier navigation to frequently used services and useful information. For instance, patrons can see at a glance whether a book is available in print, eBook and audiobook format

4          “Since 2016, we have continued to improve our app and expand its range of offerings.  As a result, there has been steadily increasing usage. We are heartened by the popularity of the NLB mobile app, with 830,000 downloads since its launch. It is timely now to revamp the app, to offer our patrons a more personalised user experience. Every patron engages NLB in his or her own unique way. The refreshed app lets our patrons design their own reading and learning journeys, as well as discover our digital offerings based on their interests.  We hope to encourage everyone to continue learning and reading with NLB,” said NLB’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ng Cher Pong.

5          Existing app users can enjoy the new features by updating their NLB mobile app while new users can download the app at For more information and images of the revamped app, visit

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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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Key new features of the revamped NLB mobile app