Revised COVID-19 measures at libraries and archives

by | June 13, 2021

The National Library Board to increase operating capacity in its libraries and archives to 50 percent.


In line with the easing of restrictions as Singapore moves to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), the National Library Board (NLB) will increase the operating capacity in its libraries and archives (the National Library, its 26 public libraries, the National Archives of Singapore and the Former Ford Factory) from the current 25 percent to 50 percent. This will take effect from June 14, 2021.

Patrons can spend more time to read, study and work at NLB facilities. Dwell time limits will be removed for weekdays. For weekends, NLB will continue with the timed entry system to manage capacity. Patrons can visit the regional libraries (in Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands), the National Library, the Study Lounge at Level 5 of the National Library Building, and the National Archives of Singapore for up to three hours, two hours in all other public libraries, and one hour at the Former Ford Factory.

Patrons will be required to make advance online bookings at for their preferred slots and patrons visiting the public libraries can book for up to five persons per slot. Patrons can check or the NLB mobile app ( for real-time crowd capacity in the libraries and archives before visiting.

NLB will progressively resume physical programmes, including tours, and operations of our makerspaces (MakeIT at Libraries). The overall group size of each programme is subject to the operating capacity of the venue and safe management measures such as safe distancing of at least 1m between individuals and groups. Patrons can check NLB’s GoLibrary ( for updates on the programmes.

The audience capacity for the Asian Film Archive’s public screenings at Oldham Theatre (at level 3 of the National Archives of Singapore) will likewise be increased from 33 to 50 persons for the theatre and the atrium. Safe distancing measures will continue for seating in the theatre and to limit intermingling between groups. Digital programmes will continue to be available for patrons. More information can be found at

To ensure the safety of patrons, NLB is rolling out additional measures to improve ventilation and indoor air quality. Safe distancing measures, capacity controls and frequent disinfection of high touch points will continue to be implemented across all its premises. Patrons who visit the facilities must wear their masks at all times and adhere to the capacity limits in the facilities.


(** PHOTO CREDIT: National Library Board)


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *