Here’s what you need to know about libraries in Singapore.
Can non-Singaporeans sign up for a library membership?
Yes. You can register for one with your work permit, employment permit, dependant pass, special or visitor’s pass, student pass and Ministry of Education (MOE) School SmartCard.
And the membership fees?
$10.50 for registration, along with an annual fee of $42.80. If your child is studying in one of the MOE schools, the annual fee will be waived.
How can I register?
Head over to the customer service counters at all public libraries (except library@chinatown, library@orchard, Pasir Ris Public Library and Sembawang Public Library) to apply for a library membership.
How many books can I borrow?
Can I extend my loan period?
You can renew books and music scores (if they’ve not been reserved by someone) for free for another 21 days, and they must be renewed before or on due date. However, you cannot do so for audiovisual materials or magazines.
And what if I don’t return my items on time?
Overdue fines are at $0.15 per book, magazine and CD-ROM (with accompanying book) per day and $0.50 per audio-visual item per day. You should return your items before or on the due date before midnight.
You will not be allowed to borrow any items until you pay your fines.
Where are NLB libraries located?
All over the island! There’s probably one near your home. Check out the full list of library locations.
What other services do NLB libraries offer?
Microfilm and reprographic services, photocopying, multimedia stations, and Wi-Fi through the “Wireless@SG” wireless network. More information here.
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By Muneerah Bee, April 2016