Grab-n-Go Libraries

Grab-n-Go is NLB’s automated self-checkout innovation, with gantries that leverage on Ultra-High Frequency Radio Frequency Identification technology to enable the seamless borrowing of books. Grab-n-Go is part of NLB’s ongoing efforts to leverage technology to enhance the experience for its patrons under its LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025).

Grab-n-go at National Library Building

100 Victoria Street
National Library Building
Level 5, Study Lounge
Singapore 188064

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm
Closed at 5.00 pm on eves of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year. Closed on Public Holidays.


The Grab-n-Go service was first rolled out on 18 May 2022 at the Study Lounge on Level 5 of the National Library Building. At this Grab-n-Go library, patrons can conveniently check out books from a collection of about 5,000 English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil adult titles. The collection includes fiction titles and popular non-fiction categories such as Art, Business, Comics, Cookery and Health.

Any patron with an NLB eCard (found within the NLB Mobile app), or any NLB-compliant card, can enter the library via the entrance gantries. Patrons not carrying any library items can leave automatically via the exit gantries. Patrons who wish to borrow library items should follow these steps:

  1. Step on the footprints and hold the library items in your hands (not placed within a bag).
  2. Scan your library-compliant ID card or NLB eCard.
  3. Confirm the loan of the detected items on the screen.
  4. Walk out with your books checked out to your account.


With the opening of the revamped Central Public Library, the Grab-n-Go service, one of the replacement services during the revamp, and Study Lounge at the National Library Building (Level 5) will be permanently closed from 9 February 2024. Check out the full suite of NLB services at Central Public Library located at B1, and stay tuned for updates on the refreshed space on Level 5.


Directions & Facilities
Bugis, City Hall, Bras Basah MRT stations

By Bus
145, 197, 32, 51, 63, 7, 80, 2, 7, 12, 33, 130, 133, 960, 56, C3, SMRT 980, SMRT 520, SMRT 851, NR7 & NR8



Comics Library @ Anchorpoint

370 Alexandra Road
#01-26/27 Anchorpoint
Singapore 159953

Opening Hours
Monday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm