About Us

Our libraries and archives promote reading, learning, information literacy and an interest in Singapore’s history and heritage. We reach more than 8 in 10 residents in Singapore through our services, programmes and spaces.


Readers for Life, Learning Communities, Knowledgeable Nation


We make knowledge come alive, spark imagination and create possibilities

About NLB

The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation by promoting reading, learning and history through our network of 28 libraries across Singapore, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore.

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Established in 1995

Our libraries and archives promote reading, learning, information literacy, and a greater appreciation of Singapore’s history and heritage.

More than 1.7 million digital resources

Our digital resources consist of eBooks, audiobooks and a plethora of online resources in NLB’s collection.

11.5 million visitors annually

Our visitors borrow more than 37.9 million library materials annually. Our 15,000 programmes drew 1.4 million participants.

Our Role

Understand NLB's role and statutory functions.

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team comprises our board and management team whose knowledge and experience enables the National Library Board (NLB) to achieve its vision and mission.

Our Shared Stories

What We Do

Our libraries and archives aim to provide everyone a more personalised and omnichannel learning experience in person and online.

Whatever your reading and learning needs are, our physical collections and programmes at our facilities are open for you to discover and participate in.

For those who prefer to read and learn online, our NLB Mobile app offers a highly popular 24/7 digital library which gives all NLB members, including those based overseas, access to a wide collection of eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, and resources such as courses and videos. Click the button below to learn more about what we do to serve our communities’ reading and learning needs.

LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025)

LAB25 is NLB’s blueprint to transform our libraries and archives to serve our patrons’ evolving reading and learning needs.

In line with our LAB25 goals, we focus our efforts on four roles: building a Learning Marketplace, nurturing an Informed Citizenry, inspiring Singapore Storytellers, and being an Equaliser. Learn more about our LAB25 roles and initiatives below.


Collection Development Policy

Learn about NLB's principles and guidelines in building a useful and evolving collection.

International Engagements
NLB shares knowledge and connects with international partners so that we can mutually improve our collections, services and capabilities.

2019 Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO)