Revised COVID-19 Measures at Libraries and Archives from 14 June 2021

Singapore, 11 June 2021 – In line with the easing of restrictions as Singapore moves to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), we will increase the operating capacity in our libraries and archives (the National Library, our 26 public libraries[1], the National Archives of Singapore and the Former Ford Factory) from the current 25 per cent to 50 per cent. This will take effect from Monday, 14 June 2021. 

2          Patrons can spend more time to read, study and work at our facilities. Dwell time limits will be removed for weekdays. For weekends, we will continue with the timed entry system to manage capacity. Patrons can visit the regional libraries (in Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands), the National Library, the Study Lounge at Level 5 of the National Library Building, and the National Archives of Singapore for up to three hours, two hours in all other public libraries, and one hour at the Former Ford Factory. Patrons will be required to make advance online bookings at for their preferred slots and patrons visiting the public libraries can book for up to 5 persons per slot. Patrons can check or the NLB mobile app ( for real-time crowd capacity in our libraries and archives before visiting. 

3          We will progressively resume physical programmes, including tours, and operations of our makerspaces (MakeIT at Libraries). The overall group size of each programme is subject to the operating capacity of the venue and safe management measures such as safe distancing of at least 1m between individuals and groups. Patrons can check NLB’s GoLibrary ( for updates on our programmes.       

4          The audience capacity for Asian Film Archive’s public screenings at Oldham Theatre (at level 3 of the National Archives of Singapore) will likewise be increased from 33 to 50 persons for the theatre and the atrium. Safe distancing measures will continue for seating in the theatre and to limit intermingling between groups. Digital programmes will continue to be available for patrons. More information can be found at

5          To ensure the safety of our patrons, we are rolling out additional measures to improve ventilation and indoor air quality. Safe distancing measures, capacity controls and frequent disinfection of high touch points will continue to be implemented across all our premises. Patrons who visit our facilities must wear their masks at all times and adhere to the capacity limits in our facilities. Please refer to the Annex for details on the services available at our facilities. 

[1] The Choa Chu Kang Public Library is currently closed for renovations and will open in the second half of 2021.