Revised COVID-19 Measures at Libraries and Archives from 19 August 2021

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From 19 August, the National Library Board will revise its operating capacity to 50% (from 25%). 

*Updated 16 August 2021

Following the announcement of the mid-point review and easing of the Phase 2 Heightened Alert measures, we will increase our operating capacity in the National Library, 26 public libraries, the National Archives of Singapore and the Former Ford Factory from the current 25 per cent to 50 per cent. This will take effect from Thursday, 19 August 2021.

Time Entry To Libraries

To allow patrons to spend more time reading and learning at our facilities, dwell time limits will be removed for weekdays. 

For weekends, we 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 and up to two hours in all other public libraries. The dwell time will remain at one hour at the Former Ford Factory.

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

Library Events

Physical programmes will be progressively resumed, including MOLLY services, guided tours for exhibition, 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 one metre between individuals and groups. Patrons can check NLB’s GoLibrary ( for updates on our programmes.      

The audience capacity for Asian Film Archive’s public screenings at Oldham Theatre level 3, National Archives of Singapore building) will 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. More information can be found at

Extension of Loan Periods

The loan period for physical library materials borrowed between 16 May and 31 July will be doubled to six weeks, up from the current three weeks. Borrowers may also be able to renew these materials for a further six weeks, up from the current three weeks. This can be done easily via the NLB mobile app (, before the library materials are due.

*Photo Credit: National Library Board



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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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