Singapore libraries, archives to resume regular hours from 1 Sept

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National Library Board (NLB) logo at the National Library building, North Bridge Road. (FILE PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)
National Library Board (NLB) logo at the National Library building, North Bridge Road. (FILE PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — From Tuesday (1 September), the National Library Board (NLB) will resume regular opening hours at its 25 libraries, as well as its archives.

In a statement on Friday, NLB said that the National Library Building, National Archives of Singapore Building and all public libraries will open from 10am to 9pm, while public libraries located in shopping malls will open from 11am to 9pm. The Former Ford Factory will open from 9am to 5.30pm.

Safe distancing measures and capacity controls such as the online booking system, the ‘borrow and go’ model and capacity limits will continue to be implemented. The 30-minute and two-hour limit will also remain for visits to public libraries and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library respectively.

Seating and study areas, including newspaper and multimedia stations, will not be available, said NLB. All programmes, guided tours and events in physical spaces will also remain temporarily suspended.

Libraries and archive buildings reopened on 1 July with shorter opening hours and capacity controls, following the start of phase 2 of Singapore’s partial lockdown. Libraries are currently allowed to operate from 11am to 7pm daily, while the Former Ford Factory is open from 11am to 4pm.

The facilities were closed from 7 April to 4 May, after the government announced enhanced social distancing measures, such as closures of schools and most workplaces, to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Loan expiry dates were automatically extended until three weeks after the NLB facilities reopened, with no overdue fines. NLB’s digital services were also available.

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