National Library of Singapore, Singapore

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A tangible testament to the country's development, National Library of Singapore was founded as the country's first public library at the suggestion of the country's modern founder, Sir Stamford Raffles. A constant in the nation's history, the library saw the country gain independence in 1965. The library opened branches in the suburbs after that time, giving it a new national presence. The library relocated several times, until it found its home and flagship location in 2005. The building is a modern architectural feat, and spans two city blocks and 16 stories. It provides a wealth of information about the country's history in several different languages, and offers a variety of comfortable seating areas. To visit National Library of Singapore on your trip to Singapore, use our Singapore trip planner .
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  • Don’t bother not much to see. A couple of exhibitions that’s about it. Normal library. Was expecting a lot more. Very little to say a bit disappointed.  more »
  • It was a very welcome to this library, only after entering GA as imagined, even so comfortable inside. Pas also while waiting for friends so yes tasty aja wait time while BACA2 book. Bergunaaa
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  • It is imo one of the quietest library in Singapore. I frequent here during exams period for a good conducive studying session without any distractions. Huge space, loads of seats and charging ports.  more »
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  • What a wonderful library. The thirteen floors are all efficiently and well stocked and staffed. The Asian collection on three upper floors is amazing. Access to rare documents is relatively easy with efficient service available to provide you with the document or information you requite for your research (or reading pleasure). In addition to the excellent service provided by the National Library itself the regional libraries throughout Singapore are almost like a cohesive whole, offering efficient and pleasant assistance. It is a pleasure to visit each and all of Singapore's libraries.
  • So grateful for a library like this! Hopefully there can be more libraries in Singapore... such a social good!!! Been coming to this library for years. Different levels have different functions! Feel motivated if you’re bored of studying at home!
  • Librarian and staff can be more respectful and friendly towards users. Experienced bad attitude from a particular librarian. Came in for a conducive environment to study but left within an hour feeling chased out. Librarians raising their voice towards users in the library, not even deserving of one star for such a terrible experience.
  • First time sharing on the premise of National Library Board. Shared at their basement 1 program area. Was pretty amazed at the sound impact (was thinking how they sound get contained within the program area and not affect readers in the basement 1 area. Nice space with space enough to sit at least 100 pax.
  • One of the greatest libraries in the world that I have ever step in to... So many student ordinary people come and utilities the resources that's being offered by the library... It has a 24 hour book drop service that you can return your book at anytime of the day.. Resources are unlimited so that you can find any helpful materials on any subject that you wish to study on.. Nearest mrt is the bugis train station..
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