What you can Borrow and Reserve

Learn about the items you can loan and reserve based on your membership type.

Basic Membership (Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, and Foreigners)

  • Physical Loan Items: 16 items
  • eBooks (including eAudiobooks): 16 items


Accessible Membership

  • For persons with disabilities who are beneficiaries of eligible disability schemes and services funded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), or who had attended or are currently attending government-funded Special Education (SPED) schools
  • Physical Loan Items: 16 items
  • eBooks (including eAudiobooks): 16 items

Please see more info on Accessible Membership here.


Partner Membership

  • Only for registered PAssion Card holders
  • Physical Loan Items: 24 items
  • eBooks (including eAudiobooks): 16 items

Books, audio-visual materials, music scores, magazines, eBooks (including eAudiobooks)


  • Loan Period: 21 Days
  • Renewal: 21 days (only if the item has not been reserved and is not overdue )



  • Loan Period: 21 Days
  • Renewal: 21 days(can be renewed only during the last three days of the loan period and if the item has not been reserved)


Audio-Visual Materials

  • Loan Period: 21 Days
  • Renewal: no renewal


Music Scores

  • Loan Period: 21 Days
  • Renewal: 21 days (only if the item has not been reserved and is not overdue)


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.



Repository Used Reference materials (marked ‘RUR’ in our catalogue) comprise older editions and less frequently-used titles from our collections which are not housed within the library. But you can make a reservation to view them at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.


How to Reserve RUR Materials

Place a reservation online via the Catalogue at http://catalogue.nlb.gov.sg.

  • The reservation fee is $1.58 (GST-inclusive) per item.

Please ensure your contact details in your library account are updated.


How to Collect Your Requested RUR Materials

You will be notified via the NLB Mobile app once the materials are ready.

You must enable your mobile notification both in the NLB Mobile app as well as your devices to receive the push notifications via the app.

Find out more about the NLB Mobile app here.



  1. Consultation of the materials is restricted to within the library and only for a period of 21 days.
  2. The materials cannot be taken out of the library.
  3. The materials must be returned at the counter before the library closes each day.

Borrow ebooks and audiobooks



Read eNewspapers and eMagazines 



Use our eLearning resources



Use Hyread for reading Chinese ebooks 



Use Naxos Music Library