Revised COVID-19 measures at libraries and archives

by | August 18, 2021

The National Library Board increases the operating capacity and dwell time limits removed for weekdays.


Following the announcement of the mid-point review and easing of the Phase 2 Heightened Alert measures, the National Library Board (NLB) will increase its operating capacity in 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 August 19, 2021. The Choa Chu Kang Public Library is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in the last quarter of this year.

To allow patrons to spend more time reading and learning at our 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 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 NLB’s libraries and archives before visiting.

NLB will progressively resume physical programmes, including MOLLY services, guided tours for exhibition, and operations of its 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 its programmes.

The audience capacity for the 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

Together with the other relaxation of measures planned from August 19 onwards, the requirement for temperature screening in NLB’s premises will be removed. Patrons who visit NLB facilities must wear their masks at all times and adhere to the capacity limits in its facilities.


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