National Library Board (NLB) will be temporarily closing all facilities from 7 April 2020 until 4 May 2020 due to COVID-19.

With the escalating COVID-19 situation and in line with the government’s announcement on 3 April 2020 to elevate safe distancing measures, the National Library Board (NLB) will be temporarily closing all our facilities including the National Library Building, our 25 public libraries, the National Archives of Singapore Building and the Former Ford Factory with effect from 7 April 2020 until 4 May 2020.

During this period, all on-site services will be temporarily unavailable, including bookdrops and reservation lockers. We would like to assure our patrons that loan expiry dates will be automatically extended until three weeks after we reopen, and no overdue fines will be imposed. For patrons who have received notifications to pick up reserved items, NLB will waive the reservation charges for items that are not picked up.

Our digital services continue to be available at and on our NLB mobile app, and we encourage everyone to use these. Beyond our wide collection of eBooks and audiobooks, patrons can access the latest issues of eNewspapers and eMagazines, eLearning resources on LyndaLibrary as well as other research eresources such as NewspaperSG, Archives Online and NORA (National Online Repository of the Arts). We will continue to expand our digital collection based on patron demand.

To promote reading and learning, we have also rolled out three learning packages on the NLB mobile app on pandemics, COVID-19 and topics such as mindfulness, self-meditation, and new hobbies.

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The safety and health of our patrons, volunteers and staff is our top priority and we hope to see you again when we reopen. Please visit our website or follow us on social media (@nlbsingapore) for more updates. For any queries, please email us at

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