Every Commute a Learning Journey With NLB and SMRT

Access NLB’s e-resources through Nodes at various SMRT train station platforms and bus interchanges 

Daily commutes on Singapore’s public transport system will be an even more enriching experience from today as the National Library Board (NLB) and SMRT Corporation (SMRT) jointly launched Nodes at MRT train station platforms and bus interchanges. Through the QR codes found at these Nodes, commuters can easily access NLB’s rich collection of e-resources such as e-magazines and e-books.

The collaboration with SMRT is part of NLB’s ongoing efforts to bring the library experience beyond its premises, to make learning and discovery accessible in everyday spaces such as offices, malls, parks, and now public transport. This initiative also aligns with SMRT’s efforts to redefine public transport space for community activities, that will enrich the community’s wellbeing.

Launching the first two Nodes on SMRT’s network at Woodlands Integrated Transport Hub and Woodlands MRT station (North-South Line) today, 12 September 2023, was Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment & Ministry of Transport. Following these, there will be Nodes at three other MRT train stations and two more bus interchanges (see further below) around Singapore.

These Nodes, which will be available from September 2023 to March 2024, will provide SMRT commuters quick and convenient access to a selection of e-magazine titles such as TIME, National Geographic, PC World, Reader’s Digest, and NLB’s publication BiblioAsia, as well as NLB’s YouTube videos, and e-books. The titles were carefully curated to cater to commuters of all ages and backgrounds. Most of the content will be refreshed monthly so that commuters have something new to look forward to. More information about some of the available content can be found in Annex A.

NLB’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ng Cher Pong, said: “Through our collaboration to bring Nodes into SMRT’s public transport network, NLB can be part of everyone’s learning journey by enabling easier access to our rich collection of e-resources. These Nodes complement NLB’s LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025) goal of working with partners to build a vibrant Learning Marketplace, for everyone to read, learn and discover anytime and anywhere, including at bus interchanges and train stations now.”

Mr Ngien Hoon Ping, Group Chief Executive Officer, SMRT Corporation Ltd, said, “This partnership with NLB is in line with SMRT's vision of Moving People, Enhancing Lifestyles. We are glad to provide our commuters with enriching experiences like reading and learning opportunities simply by scanning a QR code. Through the introduction of this placemaking initiative, we aim to provide quality public transport spaces for everyone."

All commuters who have a myLibrary username with NLB can start enjoying access to the e-resources curated for Nodes at these train station platforms and bus interchanges. Alternatively, they can also sign up for a myLibrary username through the NLB Mobile app available on the Google Play or Apple’s app stores.

The Nodes can be found at the following SMRT train stations and bus interchanges:

MRT Stations

  • Woodlands (NS9)
  • Bishan (NS17)
  • Orchard (NS22)
  • Tiong Bahru (EW17)

Bus Interchanges

  • Woodlands Integrated Transport Hub
  • Bukit Panjang Integrated Transport Hub
  • Choa Chu Kang Bus Interchange




About SMRT Corporation Ltd

SMRT Corporation Ltd is a public transport services provider. Our primary business is to manage and operate train services on the North-South Line, East-West Line, the Circle Line, the new Thomson-East Coast Line and the Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit. This is complemented by our bus, taxi and private hire vehicle services. We have set our core values as Respect, Integrity, Safety & Service, and Excellence. SMRT is committed to provide safe, reliable and comfortable service for our commuters.

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About the 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 28 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 in 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).

For more information, please visit the NLB website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube channels.

For media enquiries related to NLB, please contact:

Zoey Tan
Weber Shandwick 
Tel: 9073 6422 
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Quah Jia Ling 
Weber Shandwick 
Tel: 9699 0830 
Email: jquah@webershandwick.com



SMRT Nodes Content

e-magazines (requires NLB’s membership login to borrow title)

e-magazines titles

BBC Good Food (For adults)
Empire (For adults)
Wanderlust (For adults)
TIME (For adults)
Vogue (For adults)
National Geographic (For teens, adults, seniors)
Prevention (For seniors, adults)
BiblioAsia [Free access] (For seniors, adults, teens)
Food Network (For adults, seniors)
Reader’s Digest (For teens, adults, seniors)
Newsweek (For adults, seniors, teens)
Wellbeing (For adults, seniors)
BBC Gardeners’ World (For adults, seniors)
Organic NZ (For adults, seniors)
PC World (For teens, working adults)
WIRED (For teens, working adults)
T3 (For teens, working adults)
Storytime (For children)
Dot (For children)
Anorak (For children)
National Geographic Kids (For children)

Free access content: NLB YouTube playlist (e-content will be refreshed monthly)



Making Good is a series about individuals living in Singapore who have found success in their niche pursuits. Their never-say-die attitude and willingness to improve reminds us to keep an open mind and realise that there is no end to learning, whatever the chosen path.

Making Good - YouTube

From Book to Cook is a cooking show on Singapore’s food history. We recreate recipes dating as far back as a century ago, found in the National Library collection. What happens when you put a librarian in the kitchen and surround him with traditional kitchen tools and recipes from the past? Catch the series to find out what old recipes can tell us about local history and food heritage!

From Book to Cook - YouTube

Lost But Found is a series featuring individuals passionate about sustainability, with each doing their part to inspire Singaporeans to reconnect with their environment and community.

Lost But Found - YouTube


Hot/trending picks (e-content will be refreshed monthly)




Singapore Grand Prix Formula One – History of Singapore Grand Prix

BiblioAsia article v1-issue2_GrandPrix

Free access

FamilyFun Big Book of Halloween


Requires NLB’s membership login to borrow title

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes


Requires NLB's membership login to borrow title

Generative A.I.

Read to be SURE article

Free access