Manage my Loans & Reservations

Learn how to borrow, return, renew, reserve library materials, and check the due date of your loans.

Library members may borrow items from public libraries with the NLB Mobile app or at Book Borrowing Stations at the libraries. Find out more about membership registration, borrowing privileges, and applicable fees here.

Library members may return items borrowed from public libraries via the Bookdrop located at any public library. Do remember to check the operating hours of the Bookdrop here before you proceed to the library of your choice.

Check the due dates of your loan(s) anytime

Download the NLB Mobile app. Go to Account>Loans or eBook Loans.

Due Date Reminders:

As an additional service, reminders are sent to NLB members who have library item(s) in their accounts via email and NLB Mobile app notifications. You will receive the reminders:

  • 5 days before the due date
  • 1 day after the due date
  • 7 days after the due date

Absence or claim(s) of a failure to receive a reminder are not valid reasons for a request to waive fines.

You will not receive reminders if you:

  • Have provided an invalid email address, or
  • Do not enable notifications on the NLB Mobile app and your device(s).

Find out more about the NLB Mobile app here.

Reserving materials from libraries

Reserve books/magazines/audiovisual materials with your myLibrary account through the Online Catalogue, NLB Mobile app or the catalogue stations in the libraries.

  • Reservation fee is S$1.58 (GST-inclusive) per item (not applicable for members with Accessible Membership). eBook, eMagazines and eAudiobook reservations are free.


Collecting reservations

When a reservation item is allocated to you, you will be notified by email or through the NLB Mobile app. You must collect the reservation(s) within 5 days of the notification.

  • More on loan privileges here


Important Information

  • Please pay any outstanding charges before collecting your reservation(s).
  • You will still need to pay the reservation fee(s) for uncollected reservations.
  • You may cancel a reservation if it has not been allocated.
  • Reservations will expire if unfulfilled after 180 days. You will be informed via email and the NLB Mobile app.

More on the NLB Mobile app here.

Renewal of Books and Music Scores

You may renew books and music scores for 21 days if the item has not been reserved by another member and is not overdue. Each item can be renewed once.

You may renew loans via NLB Mobile app or our website. You may also renew loans at our book borrowing stations or catalogue when you are at the library.


Renewal of Magazines and Audio-Visual Materials

You cannot renew audio-visual materials and magazines.

View what you have borrowed from the libraries in the last three years on the NLB Mobile app.

Learn more about the NLB Mobile app here.