National Library Board
Press Release 15 May 2021

Revised COVID-19 Measures at Libraries and Archives from 16 May to 13 June 2021

Singapore, 15 May 2021 – In line with the latest measures to minimise the spread of COVID‑19 in the community, we will reduce the operating capacity in our libraries and archives (the National Library, our 26 public libraries[1], the National Archives of Singapore and the Former Ford Factory) from the current 50 per cent to 25 per cent. This will take effect from Sunday, 16 May 2021. We will also implement timed entry and suspend all physical programmes, including tours, and operations of our makerspaces (MakeIT at Libraries), to ensure that public health and safety are not compromised.

2          The duration of stay in our premises for each patron will be reduced as we reintroduce the timed entry system, on both weekdays and weekends. Patrons can visit the National Library, the Study Lounge at Level 5 of the National Library Building, and the National Archives of Singapore for up to two hours, and one hour in all other public libraries and at the Former Ford Factory. Patrons will be required to make advance online bookings at https://go.gov.sg/library-visit-booking for their preferred slots. Patrons can check https://go.gov.sg/library-visit-crowd or the NLB mobile app (https://mobileapp.nlb.gov.sg) for real-time crowd capacity in our libraries and archives before visiting.

3          To encourage patrons to read and learn from home, the loan period for physical library materials borrowed between 16 May and 31 July will be doubled to six weeks, up from the current three weeks. Patrons will also be able to renew these materials for a further six weeks, up from the current three weeks. This can be done easily via the NLB mobile app (https://mobileapp.nlb.gov.sg), before the library materials are due. Additionally, patrons with unreturned physical library materials that are due on or after 16 May will have their due dates extended to 11 July.

4          The audience capacity for Asian Film Archive’s public screenings at Oldham Theatre (at level 3 of the National Archives of Singapore) will likewise be reduced from 50 to 33 persons for both the theatre and the atrium. Safe distancing measures will continue for seating in the theatre and to limit intermingling between groups. There will be one to two screenings per screening day at the Oldham Theatre. Digital programmes will continue to be available for patrons. More information can be found at https://www.asianfilmarchive.org.

5          To ensure the safety of our patrons, safe distancing measures, capacity controls and frequent disinfection of high touch points will continue to be implemented across all our premises. Patrons who visit our facilities must wear their masks at all times and adhere to the capacity limits in our facilities. Please refer to the Annex for details on the services available at our facilities.

Annex

List of services available (from Sunday, 16 May 2021 to Sunday, 13 June 2021)

Location

Opening Hours

Entry Systems

Services Available

Public Libraries [https://www.nlb.gov.sg/VisitUs.aspx]

10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Daily, except public holidays

 

11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Daily, except public holidays [For public libraries situated in shopping malls]

 

All libraries are closed at 5.00 p.m. on eves of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.

  • We will implement timed entry daily.
  • For all public libraries, including regional libraries (in Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands), patrons can stay for up to one hour.
  • Patrons are encouraged to book their preferred timeslots through the online booking system [https://go.gov.sg/library-visit-booking].

 

  • Seating and study areas are available but at limited capacity.
  • eNewspaper and multimedia stations are available but at limited capacity.
  • On-site public programmes are temporarily suspended.
  • Book drops and reservation lockers are available.
  • Physical library materials can be borrowed and returned.
  • Pick up of reserved items is available from the reservation lockers.

The LLiBrary at the Lifelong Learning Institute

[https://www.nlb.gov.sg/VisitUs/TheLlibrary.aspx]

 

8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Daily, except Sundays & public holidays

 

(As the library runs in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore, The LLiBrary will continue to operate with reduced operating hours.)

 

  • We will implement timed entry daily and limit each patron’s visit to one hour.
  • Patrons are encouraged to book their preferred timeslots through the online booking system [https://go.gov.sg/library-visit-booking].

 

  • Seating and study areas are available but at limited capacity.
  • eNewspaper and multimedia stations are available but at limited capacity.
  • On-site public programmes are temporarily suspended.
  • Book drops are available.
  • Reserved items may be picked up from the “Reserved Items” shelf located inside the library.
  • Physical library materials can be borrowed and returned.

National Library Singapore

(Study Lounge, Level 5, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Levels 7-11, National Library Building)

[https://go.gov.sg/nationallibrarysg]

 

Study Lounge

9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

 

Lee Kong Chian Reference Library

10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

 

Daily, except public holidays

 

  • We will implement timed entry daily and limit each patron’s visit to two hours.
  • Patrons are encouraged to book their preferred timeslots through the online booking system [https://go.gov.sg/library-visit-booking].

 

Study Lounge on Level 5:

  • 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
  • 12.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

     

    Lee Kong Chian Reference Library:

  • 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
  • 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • The Study Lounge on Level 5 is open with limited capacity.
  • There will be limited seating for patrons who are using the library’s collections and resources which can only be accessed on-site.
  • Access to the reference collection and services will continue.
  • Exhibition areas remain open at lower capacity.
  • Limited terminals will continue to be available for full access to eResources and databases, microfilm, and audio-visual collections.

 

Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore Building

[https://www.asianfilmarchive.org/]

 

 

  • Capacity limit of 33 persons per screening for theatre and atrium, down from 50 persons previously.
  • One to two screenings per screening day.

National Archives of Singapore Building

[https://www.nlb.gov.sg/Visit/LocationOpeningHours/NationalArchives.aspx]

10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Daily, except public holidays

  • We will implement timed entry daily and limit each patron’s visit to two hours.
  • Four time slots will be available on weekends for the Archives Reading Room:
  • 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
  • 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
  • 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

     

 

  • Access to archival collections and services is available.
  • Patrons can sit in the Archives Reading Room and access the collections for onsite reference only.
  • Full access to the National Archives of Singapore’s eResources and database stations will continue.

Former Ford Factory

[https://www.nas.gov.sg/formerfordfactory/visit-opening]

9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (closed on Mondays and first day of Chinese New Year)

Weekdays and Weekends

  • Each patron’s visit will be limited to one hour.
  • Online bookings will be required.
  • Eight time slots will be available for the Former Ford Factory:
  • 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.
  • 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
  • 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
  • 12.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

     

 

  • Full access to the Gallery@Former Ford Factory will continue.
  • Programmes and guided tours will be suspended.

 

 


 


[1] The Choa Chu Kang Public Library is currently closed for renovations and will open in the second half of 2021.