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Why can't I study or hold discussions in the library? Why is studying not allowed? Why is there only limited time available to study?
The library is a common user-space for learning and reading. With more than three million visitors frequenting our public libraries monthly, it is our key priority to ensure all library users are able to enjoy a pleasant reading environment, be it for library research purposes or self-study.
Students and members of public can use the tables for self-study at all our public libraries. Within the Reference Section of the larger regional libraries, some tables are set aside for reference users who need to consult the library materials. The rest of the seats are open for other users.
We would however like to highlight that priority for seats is still given to users who access, browse and use library resources. We reserve the right to ask users who are not using library materials to give up their seats to others who wish to do so. As there are limited seats during peak hours, seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. We seek our users' cooperation that the reservation of seats is not allowed.
For self-study, you may wish to use the Study Lounge at level 5 of the National Library Building, or school libraries and study centres at Community Centres.
Can I take photos or videos of your library?
Photography or filming in the library is strictly not permitted unless permission is obtained in writing from the library management
Why can't I use my mobile phone in the library?
As the ringing of mobile phones and private telephone conversations cause disturbance to other patrons in the library, we have restricted the use of mobile phones to outside the library.
Can I bring my personal belongings into the reading rooms of the National Library?
Library users are allowed to bring their personal belongings into the reading rooms of the National Library. However, our Security Guards may request library users to open their bags for inspection before entering and leaving the Library areas if they are not deposited in the lockers.
Large bags or bulky items are to be deposited at the lockers. No food and drinks are allowed (except plain water). Scissors, knives, adhesive tape, glue, art supplies are to be deposited at the lockers.
What type of behaviour or code of conduct is expected when we visit the libraries?
You can refer to NLB’s Code of Conduct and library etiquette at this
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Last updated on 2 Sep 2019