Sign up for Membership

Signing up for a library membership is available online for your convenience. Alternatively, you may visit any of our public libraries (except library@chinatown) to seek staff assistance.

It’s easy to sign up online! Singaporeans and Permanent Residents can go to and choose the SingPass option to login and register for library membership.

Foreigners with a SingPass account login can also sign up and/or renew your annual library membership online. Membership renewal is valid for one year only. For new registration or renewal of membership, please ensure that your relevant document is valid for at least three months at the time of registration/renewal. Relevant documents may include: 

  • Student Pass
  • Work Permit
  • Employment Permit
  • Dependant Pass
  • Special or Visitor’s Pass 

If you have any difficulty, click here for help. You may visit any of our public libraries (except library@chinatown) to seek staff assistance.

If you do not have a SingPass account, or if you are registering for a membership type which is not supported online, please visit any public library (except library@chinatown) with the relevant documents and seek staff assistance.  

Members must comply with the following Terms and Conditions.

I. Membership 

  • Members shall take care of all library items borrowed to prevent loss or damage.
  • Lost or damaged item charges are payable.
  • Overdue fees are payable for library items that are not returned within the loan period.
  • Members shall be responsible for all library materials borrowed under his/her account.
    • Return them in good condition and promptly by the due date.
    • Pay all library fines/fees incurred promptly.
    • Not to duplicate, circulate or rent out any of the materials borrowed from the library.
  • Membership may be suspended if a member has outstanding fees.
  • Members shall observe the patron Code of Conduct when visiting NLB’s libraries or other NLB sites. The Code of Conduct is available at all NLB libraries and also through NLB’s corporate website.
  • Membership is not transferable and any unauthorised activities on membership accounts shall be reported to NLB immediately through
  • Data on members collected by NLB shall only be used for the purposes of providing, analysing and developing NLB library and other NLB services to members.
  • NLB will check identity cards, passes and other documents and collect the full NRIC/FIN and other identification numbers for membership registration to identify the individual to a high level of fidelity.
  • Applicants who have Singpass can register online and have their identities verified through Singpass and MyInfo.
  • All applicable fees must be paid in full before NLB library membership is activated. Membership registration or other fees are not refundable.
  • Applicants must accept these Terms of Membership in order to complete their membership registration.
  • NLB reserves the right to contact members on any matters regarding their accounts, including reminders on outstanding fees and charges.


II. Audio-visual Materials

  • Members who misuse AV items will have their membership suspended. No refund of membership fee will be made.
  • Members are responsible for taking proper care of AV items and any multiple parts accompanying the items, borrowing and returning them together as a set as indicated on the item.
  • Members are responsible for any damage to or loss of AV items borrowed. You are advised to do a quick check of up to 5 minutes on the quality and condition of the item(s) at the Testing Station before borrowing it/them.
  • NLB will not be responsible for any virus infection / damage to borrowers' players resulting from the loan of AV items.


III. Reminder Service

     Conditions for using this service:

  • You will not receive any reminder if:
    • You provide an invalid mobile phone number or email address.
    • Your mobile phone number is not within Singapore mobile coverage.
  • The Reminder Service is an additional benefit to NLB members. Absence of a reminder is not a valid reason for a waiver of fines.