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National Library Building

Library and Office
Downtown Core, Singapore
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  • Michelle W.
    "Queue outside the Study Lounge before they open to get a seat!"(7 Tips)
    Rudy H.
    "free use at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library."(4 Tips)
    MK C.
    "Good place to enjoy reading books and cool down."(15 Tips)
    Nicholas Aaron K.
    "All-time favorite drink - Avocado Shake at Hanis Cafe."(3 Tips)
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  • MK C.
    MK ChanJuly 23
    Good place to enjoy reading books and cool down.
  • Alice i.
    This library was constructed eco-friendly!!
  • Cheen T.
    Cheen The CuriousMarch 21
    Been here 25+ times
    An iconic building whichever junction you are admiring it from
    Upvoted Oct 3
  • Deswin L.
    Deswin LimOctober 9, 2016
    patrons need to be more considerate and only occupy the seats when needed. most of the seats are reserved with their belongings leaving others with no seats
  • Elizabeth L.
    Elizabeth LeeJuly 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Distinctive architecture in this place. Don't miss it.
  • Ted Patrick B.
    Ted Patrick BoglosaDecember 29, 2015
    The 11th floor has the Southeast Asian book collection. A very good amount of books!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HealanSeptember 21, 2015
    plenty of steak not much sizzle
  • Emvlyn O.
    Emvlyn OngJuly 9, 2015
    They have security checking bags so do not bring in any food or related stuff into the library.
  • albatrossfries
    albatrossfriesJune 6, 2015
    Ah peks like to sleep near power outlet seats. They snore loudly. When that happens, prepare to have earphones handy bc most times you can't give those seats up due to necessity.
  • Figen E.
    Figen EkinciMarch 19, 2015
    Must see when you come to Singapore! Impressing!
  • Shawna L.
    Shawna LiuNovember 27, 2014
    A great place to wind down and chill out
  • P F.
    P FongNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    You can borrow DVD's at B1
  • Dinesh B.
    Dinesh BhatiaOctober 11, 2014
    TradeHero.mobi - financial learning and trading tip mobile app platform!
  • Ling
    LingOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    who needs to buy books. upper levels have more industry-specific books.
  • P F.
    P FongSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the ham & eggs at Hanis.
  • P F.
    P FongSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    There is a sand garden at B1.
  • Humaira I.
    Humaira ImaniSeptember 1, 2014
    Internet!!
  • P F.
    P FongAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Hanis is a nice open air cafe on the ground floor.
  • P F.
    P FongJuly 27, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Lending library is in basement 1.
  • Tan J.
    Tan Jing Kai 😄February 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Study Lounge is at level 5.
  • Chutima N.
    Chutima NakwarinNovember 18, 2013
    Gigantic library and lots of activity here, especially for kids ^_^ modern 24 hrs. drop book kios
  • MOTLEY G.
    MOTLEY GUNSAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Wah! A few days late return must pay $2.70? tai lang phang huay ah!
  • Hans T.
    Hans TeoJuly 25, 2013
    Cardboard Re!nvented Program
  • James L.
    James LeeMay 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Interesting exhibit of magazines!
  • Khanh N.
    Khanh NguyễnApril 20, 2013
    Lvl 5 has outdoor stage
  • Jacob P.
    Jacob PangMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    As per the tip about the toilets, the upper levels are way nicer. Borrow a book to while you are at it
  • Ashwin M.
    Ashwin MMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you want to check the courses and programs offered at ESSEC, the French business school, go to their reception on 13th floor
  • Lucas Z.
    Lucas ZhaoOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The view of the city is spectacular.
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BubSeptember 7, 2012
    Not enough tables for people to study on :(
  • J T.
    J TeoJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Not many know there's a toilet next to Hanis, in the basement.
  • ★kiss the city★太子★ ★.
    Gooooooooooof
  • Jelix C.
    Jelix CruzMay 30, 2012
    Good for all students for studyng :)
  • ivonne p.
    ivonne pratiwiApril 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    jia you all. exam is coming~
  • Hongwen C.
    Hongwen ChenApril 22, 2012
    lvl 8 is a reference library, not for primary school students to do their home works!
  • abiyoza lie chai k.
    very nice,,,,,, !
  • J O.
    J OHApril 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get few books borrowed at B1 then proceed to study room at level 5 or 7 for a peace of mind
  • Seluna C.
    Seluna ChuaMarch 31, 2012
    Study lounge at 5th floor. Quiet, good air on, nice view outside.
  • Juliana L.
    Juliana LowFebruary 20, 2012
    Studying in progress...
  • Fajar P.
    Fajar PriyantoJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Agree with Alex. The toilet are very clean.
  • JOhn C.
    JOhn ChuaDecember 31, 2011
    Toilets here are pretty awesome. Totally worth a visit here.
  • Nur D.
    Nur DzulhijjahDecember 20, 2011
    No point coming early... There will still be lots of people! Come earlier!!!
  • abby b.
    abby barcelonaNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    No use having 6 lifts, all of them are slow to arrive!
  • Dönałd ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ
    Dönałd ʕ •ᴥ•ʔNovember 14, 2011
    You cannot talk too loud in library you know. Shhhhhh!
  • Haiqal A.
    Haiqal AzizNovember 10, 2011
    There are toilets near Hans Cafe below the stairs leading downwards near there.
  • Maya S.
    Maya SivamanyNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dont bring big bags because the lockers are small in size.
  • Liana
    LianaOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There's a book cover art exhibition on level 7!
  • Athirah D.
    Athirah DesukiOctober 14, 2011
    Lastly, History. I can do this.
  • Athirah D.
    Athirah DesukiOctober 14, 2011
    History, (i can do this).
  • H P M.
    H P MunSeptember 24, 2011
    Free lockers at upper floors.
  • Nimrehs
    NimrehsSeptember 10, 2011
    An amazing building! I am coming here more often. It's great!
  • Boris Z.
    Boris ZawSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    While lvl 5 study lounge is too crowded with kids ... U should come check lvl7 ... Not so crowded ..
  • Boris Z.
    Boris ZawAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    14/8/2011: The courtyard at lvl 5 is closed.
  • Amali S.
    Amali SupaflyAugust 6, 2011
    There are always seats n tables but people leave bags and belongings on them.
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YongAugust 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the research library where not everyone is really doing research.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeeJuly 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Finance students should hang out at level 7. Fantastic collection over here.
  • Leong C.
    Leong ChoyYingJuly 23, 2011
    At NLB.....
  • Zuldean M.
    Zuldean MosbahJune 24, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Shld the muffins at Hanis Cafe lvl 1! Very nice. :-)
  • Ayaka W.
    Ayaka WatanabeJune 24, 2011
    Good for reference and self study. Got Internet too so you can refer to some sites like wiki even if you don't have your personal lap top. And normal books at level B1..
  • Angela J.
    Angela JeanJune 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can bring reference books from any levels of the Reference Library to any other levels. Just use the staircase located at the left end (upon entry) of the Reference Library at your level.
  • Vinay M.
    Vinay MMay 1, 2011
    Closed on labor day
  • Jaron T.
    Jaron T.April 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    library staff are friendly and helpful... Have questions? Ask them! (@level 11)
  • May Z.
    May Zamora-CabajarMarch 23, 2011
    Check the exhibit schedules and visit 7th floor for good marketing books
  • Nathanael O.
    Nathanael OngFebruary 23, 2011
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A book that leaves a life enhancing shift in ones perception on life. An ease to read.
  • Dolson J.
    Dolson JiechengFebruary 17, 2011
    Open at 930 morning. Make sure u queue up morning 830 or else u won't get seat. Especially sat and sun
  • Alex T.
    Alex TanFebruary 12, 2011
    Water cooler at levels b1, 7 & 8
  • Alex T.
    Alex TanFebruary 12, 2011
    Photography magazines at lvl 8 is pretty updated. No need to buy!
  • henry k.
    henry kwangJanuary 9, 2011
    b2 got cashcard top up
  • May Z.
    May Zamora-CabajarDecember 30, 2010
    Watch out for very interesting cultural exhibits. This is a haven for those who love to read and study.
  • Tian Guan L.
    Tian Guan LeeDecember 29, 2010
    Come here 10 mins early before the opening hours and hear the sweet message from the PA system.
  • Jillian L.
    Jillian LimDecember 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Wanna borrow stuff? Go to b1: central public library. Has the largest fiction and literary arts collection out of the 20+ other libraries.
  • Noinaz M.
    Noinaz MinDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    good place in the world about study, learning, reading!
  • Noinaz M.
    Noinaz MinDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    STUDY OF LEARNING ACHIEVEMENT
  • Celeste Y.
    Celeste YapNovember 27, 2010
    Good place to have peace and do your work without disturbance..
  • Felice L.
    Felice LouNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Always my favourite library!
  • Sugi R.
    Sugi RichNovember 5, 2010
    love this place so much
  • Aifa A.
    Aifa AimeeNovember 4, 2010
    rotting. and lib closing soon!
  • Evon T.
    Evon TaiOctober 16, 2010
    Library is big...but wonder y only level 5 is study lounge and it will super small >.<
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WongOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Queue outside the Study Lounge before they open to get a seat! :) it's more crowded during the weekends too.
  • Elisa L.
    Elisa LowSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's really very updated. Try here unless you must own the book!
  • Dhisty
    DhistyJune 18, 2010
    Grab n digest knowledge as much as till ur limit
  • Tian F.
    Tian FeiJune 12, 2010
    The maybe forever show is a bug scam. Bad and confusing. The music is the only good thing. Do not go
  • Desia Ayu G.
    Desia Ayu GestaniaMay 31, 2010
    Make sure you bring your jacket or you'll be freezing. Way too cold.
  • M C.
    M CApril 20, 2010
    Check the library website for events/talks and book online for events on the top floor, named "The Pod". Excellent view (including the toilet) and its free! Read more
  • huey yei c.
    huey yei chunApril 15, 2010
    there's a lil garden on level 5
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LeeApril 12, 2010
    Go to Level 5, where they have a Study Lounge for people who wants to read, work on their assignments or to go online with their laptops.
  • Rudy H.
    Rudy HermanApril 10, 2010
    Bloomberg terminals are available for free use at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.
  • Alyson R.
    Alyson RozellsApril 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The view at The Pod on level 16 has an immaculate view
  • Victor O.
    Victor OhMarch 16, 2010
    Coming here every day till I leave Singapore
  • Victor O.
    Victor OhMarch 16, 2010
    This place is best to study. With its spacious surroundings and comfortable seating areas, you can spend the whole day camping here. At leas that's what I am doing
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LowMarch 11, 2010
    Latest issues of Wired are almost never in stock
  • Sexy Ramen
    Sexy RamenFebruary 27, 2010
    Hanis cafe serves mediocre food.
  • Slightly F.
    Slightly FamousFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a library card
  • Bernard L.
    Bernard LeongDecember 21, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The sirlion steak in Hans restaurant ground floor is good & economical.
  • David Shiyang L.
    David Shiyang LiuDecember 15, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    go up to the reading lounge and see if you can poke awake a snoring person who is annoying the hell out of nearby readers.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew McGlincheyDecember 9, 2009
    Go up to 10th floor to The Retreat, a sky garden Read more
  • Nicholas Aaron K.
    Nicholas Aaron KhooNovember 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    All-time favorite drink - Avocado Shake at Hanis Cafe. Less than $5 and one of the best Avocado drinks around, not too sweet, just nice!
  • Yu-Mei
    Yu-MeiNovember 25, 2009
    Go to the 10th floor and check out the really cool exhibition on Singapore maps through the centuries. Read more
  • Hui C.
    Hui ChiaFebruary 7, 2014
    H h h h h h
  • Christian U.
    Christian UhanjayaApril 16, 2012
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