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Libraries in Singapore to reopen on Jul 1 with shorter hours



You will be allowed to stay in the library for up to 30 minutes upon entry.

If you are running out of books to read after staying home for more than two months, then you will be looking forward to this: the libraries in Singapore are reopening next month!

However, all 25 public libraries and the National Library Building will have shorter opening hours, from 11am to 7pm daily, the National Library Board (NLB) announced on Wednesday (Jun 25). 

You will be allowed to stay in the library for up to 30 minutes only, but only a maximum of 50 people per floor will be allowed in the building. You are also encouraged to make an online booking for your preferred entry slots, to minimise the need for queues to enter the library.

Seating and study areas in the libraries, including newspaper and multimedia stations, will remain closed. Guided tours and events in the libraries will also remain suspended.

While you will still be able to borrow and return books or any other library materials, NLB is encouraging contactless borrowing via the use of its NLB mobile app. You can simply scan the books you want to borrow using the app on your phone. 

The loan period for physical library materials, which was extended to six weeks during the circuit breaker, will remain until Dec 31. 

If you intend to visit the library, do note that you will have to use SafeEntry to check in and out and wear a mask. You will also be required to take your temperature before entering the library and observe safe distancing measures too. 

Don’t worry about hygiene too. NLB said that it will clean and sanitise areas with high touch points every two hours to ensure that their facilities remain safe for everyone.


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