Donate to our Collections

We welcome donations that contribute to the preservation of Singapore’s documentary heritage. Find out more here.

Overview

Donations of materials add diversity and depth to the Singapore and Southeast Asia collections of the National Library.

We welcome donations of published and unpublished works, in print and digital formats, from individuals, collectors and organisations.

Read below for our collecting focus and how you can donate to us.


  • Private papers and personal correspondence of Singapore pioneers who contributed to the development of Singapore society, culture and history.
  • Published and unpublished materials on the development of the arts, literature, education, business and society in Singapore.
  • Materials relating to Southeast Asian society, culture and history, in particular, content with links to Singapore's history.


All donations will be assessed according to our collection policy and requirements.

While we appreciate the generosity of potential donors, we are unfortunately not able to accept everything.

Generally, we do not accept:

  • materials already in our collections;
  • newspaper and publication clippings or photocopies;
  • off-air recordings;
  • artworks and objects;
  • materials in poor condition.

Donations accepted will be integrated into NLB’s collections and subject to the same conditions of use as determined by NLB, including their preservation, retention, location and access.



  • Books;
  • Manuscripts – handwritten and typescripts;
  • Photographs;
  • Maps;  
  • Audio-visual materials;
  • Ephemera such as programme booklets, pamphlets and newsletters.


Donate your Materials

If you are keen on making a donation, kindly complete this online donation form and we will contact you shortly.

For donation enquiries, please email enquiry@nlb.gov.sg.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you have a question regarding donations, or how donated materials are made accessible? Check out our FAQs here.





Gifts of New Singapore Publications

We welcome gifts of new Singapore publications to NLB's libraries.

Please email NLB Reference Point ref@nlb.gov.sg. Publications will be selected according to our Collection Development Policy.





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Highlights

Read about some of our donors and their donations.

Acknowledgement of our Donors

We are grateful to all who have donated and enriched our collections.