National Library Board
Press Release 23 Nov 2021

Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures at Libraries and Archives from 1 December 2021

Singapore, 23 November 2021 – Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) will be implemented at our libraries and archives (27 public libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore) from Wednesday, 1 December 2021. This is in line with the latest announcement by the Government on the expansion of VDS to more venues.

2          The following 5 categories of people will be allowed to enter our facilities from 1 December 2021:

  1. Individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  2. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19
  3. Individuals who are medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccines
  4. Children aged 12 years and below
  5. Unvaccinated individuals with valid Pre-Event Testing (PET) showing a negative test result (between 1 December to 31 December 2021)

3          From 1 January 2022, only the first 4 categories of people listed above will be able to access our facilities, as the concession for unvaccinated individuals with valid PET will be removed by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Unvaccinated individuals will still be able to return physical library materials and collect their reservations at standalone and regional libraries as the bookdrops and reservation lockers are located outside the libraries and are accessible without entry.

4          Group sizes for physical programmes, including programmes for seniors and children, MOLLY services, and guided tours for exhibitions and the Gallery@Former Ford Factory will also be increased following further easing of the community Safe Management Measures with immediate effect. The overall group size of each programme is subject to the operating capacity of the venue and safe management measures such as safe distancing of at least one metre between individuals and groups. Patrons can check NLB’s GoLibrary (https://go.gov.sg/golibrary) for updates on our programmes.

5          There will be no change to dwell time limits, which will continue on weekends to manage capacity. Patrons can visit the regional libraries (in Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands), National Library, Study Lounge at Level 5 of the National Library Building, and the National Archives of Singapore for up to 3 hours, and up to 2 hours in all other public libraries. The dwell time will remain as 1 hour at the Former Ford Factory. During weekends, patrons will be required to make advance online bookings at https://go.gov.sg/library-visit-booking for their preferred slots. They can also book for up to 5 persons per slot for their visits to public libraries. 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 the libraries and archives before visiting.

6          The audience capacity for Asian Film Archive’s public screenings at Oldham Theatre level 3, National Archives of Singapore building will continue to be 66 persons for the theatre and the atrium. Similar to other cinemas, Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures were implemented at Oldham Theatre with effect from 3 November 2021. This is in line with Infocomm Media Development Authority’s mandatory Safe Management Measures for cinemas. Safe distancing measures will continue for seating in the theatre and to limit intermingling between groups. Digital programmes will continue to be available. More information can be found at https://www.asianfilmarchive.org.

7          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 22 November 2021)

Location

Opening Hours

Entry Systems

Services Available

Public Libraries

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.

Weekdays:

  • There will be no limits to patron dwell time at our libraries from Mondays to Fridays.
  • No online bookings will be required.

Weekends:

  • On Saturdays and Sundays, patrons can visit regional libraries (in Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands) for up to three hours, and visit all other public libraries for up to two hours.
  • 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.
  • A selected number of public programmes will be available with capacity controls and safe management.
  • 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

 

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.)

Weekdays:

  • There will be no limits to patron dwell time at our libraries from Mondays to Fridays.
  • No online bookings will be required.

Weekends:

  • We will continue to implement timed entry on weekends, 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].
  • Seating and study areas are available but at limited capacity.
  • eNewspaper and multimedia stations are available but at limited capacity.
  • 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)

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

Weekdays:

  • There will be no limits to patron dwell time on weekdays.
  • No online bookings will be required.

Weekends: 

  • We will continue to implement timed entry during weekends and limit each patron’s visit to three hours.
  • Three time slots will be available on weekends for both the Study Lounge and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library:

    Lee Kong Chian Reference Library:

    • 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
    • 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
    • 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

    Study Lounge

    • 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
    • 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
    • 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Patrons are encouraged to book their preferred timeslots through the online booking system [https://go.gov.sg/library-visit-booking].
  • Limited number of walk-ins will be allowed and patrons without a booking may have to queue to enter on weekends.
  • Seating and study areas are available but at limited capacity.
  • eNewspaper and multimedia stations are available but at limited capacity.
  • All reference services are available.
  • Exhibition areas are open at lower capacity and guided tours will be available with capacity controls and safe management.

Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore Building

 

  • Capacity limit of 66 persons per screening for theatre and atrium remains.
  • One to two screenings per screening day.

National Archives of Singapore Building

10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Daily, except public holidays

Weekdays:

  • There will be no limits to patron dwell time on weekdays.
  • No online bookings will be required.

Weekends: 

  • We will implement timed entry daily and limit each patron’s visit to three hours.
  • Three time slots will be available on weekends for the Archives Reading Room for one patron only:
    • 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
    • 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
    • 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • Patrons are required to book their preferred timeslots through the online booking system [https://go.gov.sg/library-visit-booking].
  • 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

 

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

Weekdays:

  • There will be no limits to patron dwell time on weekdays.
  • No online bookings will be required.

Weekends: 

  • We will implement timed entry daily and limit each patron’s visit to one hour.
  • Eight time slots will be available for the Former Ford Factory for up to 5 visitors:
    • 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 progressively rolled out.

 

 

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