Revised COVID-19 Measures at Libraries and Archives from 22 July to 18 August 2021

Singapore, 21 July 2021 – In line with the latest measures to minimise the spread of COVID‑19 in the community, we will be reverting to the Phase 2A (Heightened Alert) measures that were implemented in May 2021. 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) will be reduced from the current 50 per cent to 25 per cent. This will take effect from Thursday, 22 July 2021. We will also implement timed entry and suspend all physical programmes, including tours, and operations of our makerspaces (MakeIT at Libraries), to ensure that public health and safety are not compromised.

2          The duration of stay in our premises for each patron will be reduced as we reintroduce the timed entry system, on both weekdays and weekends. Patrons can visit the National Library, the Study Lounge at Level 5 of the National Library Building, and the National Archives of Singapore for up to two hours, and one hour in all other public libraries and at the Former Ford Factory. Patrons will be required to make advance online bookings at for their preferred slots. Patrons can check or the NLB mobile app ( for real-time crowd capacity in our libraries and archives before visiting.

3          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 reduced from 50 to 33 persons for both the theatre and the atrium. Safe distancing measures will continue for seating in the theatre and to limit intermingling between groups. There will be one to two screenings per screening day at the Oldham Theatre. Digital programmes will continue to be available for patrons. More information can be found at

4          To ensure the safety of our patrons, safe distancing measures, capacity controls and frequent cleaning of high touch points will continue to be implemented across all our premises. We seek patrons’ cooperation in complying with the safe management protocols including wearing of masks at all times and adherence to the dwell time and 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.