National Library of Singapore

National Library of Singapore

National Library of Singapore
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CK R
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Spent several days researching my areas of interest. Wonderful facilities for researchers. Extremely helpful staff. Thank you, National Library, Singapore
Written 20 November 2022
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Andrew D
Singapore, Singapore399 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I wouldn't really bother visiting the National Library if I am coming as a tourist, hence the average rating which I am putting it here.

However, as a library in itself and a bookworm myself, I love the tremendous collection of books they have to offer here (which is a 5-star library!)
Written 10 October 2022
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anusuya
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
when we reached here the place was not that crowded. it was about 12 noon when we stepped into the library. there are a lot of books and research materials here. the librarins were friendly and helpful to our queries.
Written 8 July 2022
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ianwyj
Singapore5,169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Singapore's national library system, with its many regional branches, means that it's not often necessary to visit the main building. But the main building has plenty more than its regional branches. Apart from the usual borrowing section located in the basement floor, the Lee Kong Chian reference library is spread over several floors. It's also a resource centre with ample space for restoration, meetings, and exhibition, along with the not to mention also the administrative headquarters. Look out for the exhibitions hosted by the Lee Kong Chian reference library - I recently visited for a wonderful exhibition of ancient maps which demonstrated how the world view of people in different parts of the world was strongly binfluenced by their knowledge and religious beliefs.
Written 8 July 2022
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H&M
Singapore, Singapore57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Outstanding exhibition on Mapping The World

Highly recommend going over to take a look at some wonderfully curated perspectives on map making from Asia.

The maps tell stories of not only geography, but also of culture , identity, religion , and politics.

The exhibit is very well setup and visually stunning. The quality of artifacts is amazing as well.

Highly recommend
Written 2 April 2022
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kim buay p
Singapore, Singapore12,828 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Previously, this present site of the National Library was occupied by the Empress Hotel which opened in 1928. It was a four-storey hotel with its distinctive tower and a rooftop restaurant, the Empress Restaurant. This restaurant was a popular venue for holding weddings and various other social gatherings. It was known for its popular brand of mooncakes, the ‘Queen of the Mooncakes’. During the mooncake festival, I remembered that the hotel would be gaily decorated with its advertisement for the mooncakes. It was demolished in 1985.

The Lee Kong Chian Reference Library is very impressive for its wide selection of materials and books. Coupled with the lovely ambience for reading the reference materials is the gorgeous views of the surroundings. There are periodic exhibitions held here too. Its central location is ideal for a National Library.
Written 15 May 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
You may want to browse or you may be seeking infomration; either way, the National Library of Singapore will suit you. Singapore is a smart country, that lives off its brains, and the library is an important resource. If you just want to look around, please do so. The averge visist is 2 hours. Han's Cafe has light meals like sandwiches and fish and chips; there's also a playground for kids. It's a very big library, there's something fo everyone.
Written 8 July 2020
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SierraAlphaFoxtrot
Leicester, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The National Library of Singapore is located really close to the Bugis Station on the Singapore MRT. It is beautiful, consists of many floors of millions of books and a multitude of computers and places to sit and read. One issue might be the lack of public access to printing [but there are print shops across the road next to the post office].
A helpful hint- if its hot outside, pop into the NLS, the a/c is always set to low :D
Written 18 April 2020
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Alicia
Singapore, Singapore89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Super cool library with so many floors. There's exhibits and galleries upstairs that are pretty interesting.
Written 24 March 2020
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insertnamerighthere
Singapore, Singapore228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Large selection of books. lots of study area and spaces. also has a theatre and large childrens' section
Written 20 March 2020
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