A community library services the people living in that particular township. It caters to the information needs of the community and has a balance of both fiction and non-fiction materials, in print and non-print format. Value-added services like the video-lending and CD-ROM lending service are being rolled out in stages to the community libraries. Community outreach efforts include regular library programmes for both children and adults.
Community Children's Libraries
Community Children's Libraries are located in the void decks of HDB (Housing and Development Board) estates, and are targeted at children 10 and under. They offer books in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, in addition to multimedia terminals to make learning fun. The young members can borrow up to four books for a period of two weeks. In addition, they have the privilege of borrowing another four books for three weeks from any community library. This privilege only applies to Singapore Citizens. Singapore Permanent Residents and foreigners can only apply as community library members at the community libraries.
The National Reference Library offers the following:
The National Reference Library offers a Reference Point service that can be contacted via:
i) Telephone : 6332-3255
ii) Fax : 6332-3248
iii) Internet :
Reference Point form
Members may borrow books and return them at any other regional and community library, except at the community children's libraries. However, books with accompanying CD-ROMs must always be returned as a set. Video tapes must be returned to the library of origin either through the video drop or at the customer service counter.
Library bookdrops are accessible 24 hours a day except at shopping mall libraries; this is because access is dependent on the opening hours of the shopping mall. Check out the
Branches & Hours section for locations and operating hours of all NLB libraries.
Bookdrops Offering Immediate Cancellation
Such bookdrops are available at:
This integrated system promptly cancels your loans when you slot the books into the bookdrop. Thus, you can proceed to borrow books immediately after returning your loans.
Popular Picks are browsing shelves, strategi' cally located near the entrance of our libraries. When books are returned via the bookdrops, staff select the popular titles and place these on the Popular Picks shelves. You can therefore get access to popular titles within 15 minutes of their return.
Following are the step-by-step instructions:
Library members can easily check their loan records, pay renewal charges and overdue fines at the BNQ terminals at our libraries.
Flash the barcode on your card across the scanner.
The Borrowing Station uses Radio Frequency (RF) transmission to identify library items.
This technology makes borrowing items more convenient.
Please check out sword-fighting books at our Customer Services Counter.
The Credit Charging and Pre-payment System is a cashless method introduced by NLB at the following libraries:
In addition to the above sites, accounts created at the sites listed below can now be used for payments on eLibraryHub.
Approach the counter staff if you would like more information on this service.
Use your cashcard for the following library transactions at the National Reference Library, regional and community libraries:
Singapore ONE (One Network for Everyone) is the world's first nation-wide broadband network, which delivers rich, interactive multimedia applications and services to everyone in Singapore. Enjoy the rich content, multimedia applications and quick access of Singapore ONE at our libraries. The following libraries offer Singapore ONE access:
$2 per hour:
InfoXpress offers walk-in library users a quick information resource about Singapore. It points to information via a searchable database.
InfoXpress is a good first stop if you are looking for a particular place, person, or topic related to Singapore or the region. The service is available at the following libraries:
Colour coded book spine labels help library staff shelf books easily and quickly. A unique colour band is assigned to each letter of the alphabet or to the digits 0 through 9. Other useful information indicated on the label include subject category, language, ' call number and barcode.