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Features some of the most valuable and significant materials on Singapore and Southeast Asia, including publications which were issued by the earliest printing presses in Singapore.
The General Reference Collection at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library has the largest selection of reference works for the general public.
Every country has a national library which plays an important role in collecting and preserving books and all other materials about the country, and making sure that Singaporeans can access it so as to preserve culture, literature and memories. The National Library Singapore does this via the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. We are also always expanding our vast array of reference collections and services, so that the patrons, researchers and businesses are empowered to find the information they need.
Occupying seven floors at the National Library building (levels 7 to 13), the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library is the best place to find works about Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. Its physical collection of about 800,000 items includes rare materials which date back to the 15th century, the personal collections of donors who are renowned scholars, and even Asian children’s literature. It is named after prominent Singapore philanthropist Dr Lee Kong Chian, in honour of the $60 million donation from his foundation, the Lee Foundation.
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Securing the future of Singapore's documentary and published heritage for posterity.
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Keen to use the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library's resources? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and our librarians will assist to identify relevant sources for your research needs.
Access our archived collection of past newspapers processed in a microfilm format.
These services are available at levels 7, 8, 9 and 11 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.
Submit your request to view materials from the National Reference Closed Stacks. You may wish to check for other available copies in the NLB Catalogue first.
Submit your request to view materials collected through the National Library's Legal Deposit. This is a chargeable service. You may wish to check for other copies in the NLB Catalogue first.
Submit your request to view older editions and less frequently used titles from our collections. This is a chargeable service. You may wish to check for other copies in the NLB Catalogue first.
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Request for document reproductions from NLB's physical collections like books, journals, newspapers and microfilms.
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