Public libraries in Singapore will resume more services from Tuesday, 20 October 2020, allowing patrons to stay in the library for longer periods of time, opening up of sections such as seating and study areas, and resumption of some programmes.
Longer Stay Duration at the Libraries
From 20 October 2020 onwards, patrons can spend more time at the libraries reading, studying and working.
Those visiting the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library Building and the three regional libraries found in Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands will be able to stay in the library for up to three hours.
The allowed duration of stay all other public libraries will be two hours.
National Library Board will also be reopening the Study Lounge at Level 5 of the National Library Building with a three-hour limit per visit.
The timed entry system will continue to be used to manage the number of people at the libraries. Patrons are encouraged to make an online booking for their preferred slots before visiting the library. Bookings can be done at this website.
Opening up of Seating Areas
In addition, seating and study areas at the libraries will be available at limited capacity.
eNewspaper and multimedia stations at the libraries will also be available at a limited capacity.
Programmes at the Libraries and National Archives of Singapore
Limited number of public programmes will be progressively resumed with capacity
controls and safe management measures in place. The various programmes will be made available on the GoLibrary website.
With programmes resuming, additional cleaning, sanitisation and ventilation of programme areas will also be carried out between sessions.
At the National Archives’ Oldham Theatre, Asian Film Archive’s public screenings of films will have an increased capacity of 50 persons per screening for both the theatre and the atrium. Safe distancing measures will continue to be implemented for seating in the theatre and to limit intermingling between groups.
There will be one to two screenings per screening day. Details for the screenings can be found here.