In line with Phase 2 Safe Transitioning, the libraries in Singapore are reopening from 1 July 2020. However, there are have been various measures put in place for those who wish to visit the library. These included 30-minute time slots for library visits. We show you how you book a visit to the libraries in Singapore during this time.
NLB Library Visit Booking Website
The National Library Board has setup a library visit booking website here.
This website allows visitors to book a half an hour appointment time slot to visit their selected library at a predetermined date and time. You will also need to provide your mobile number and email. (Email is optional but we suggest providing it to receive an email booking confirmation in addition to SMS)
After selecting the library you wish to visit, you will need to choose the date and time of your visit. Dates are only released on the day before, so you can only book up to one day in advance.
The number of available spaces during each time is also indicated. Take note that the libraries now have shorter operating hours. Opening hours at the public libraries are from 11 am to 7 pm.
[August Update: Libraries will resume regular hours from 1 September 2020]
You will also need to indicate the number of people who will be visiting. This is to help manage the crowd levels at the library.
Once booked, a confirmation page provides the booking ID for your visit. Be sure to arrive at your booked timing as your slot will be released after a grace period of five minutes.
Other Things to Note about Visiting the Public Libraries in Phase 2
Only one booking is allowed per person per day. Unaccompanied children are required to book their visit. However, children under 12 who are accompanied by parents or caregivers do not need a booking.
If you are only intending to visit the library to make use of the Book Drop or Reservation Pick-up services, bookings are not required.
Entry stickers denoting your entry time will also be given upon entering the library.
You can also use the same online booking system to make an appointment for the Lee Kong Chian Reference Libraries, National Archives of Singapore and Former Ford Factory. The time slots and grace periods for these defer from the time slots for the public libraries.
Do make sure to wear a mask and observe all social distancing protocols while visiting the library.
Visit the NLB library appointment booking website here.