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“Good selection with some limitations”

National Library of Singapore
Ranked #36 of 805 things to do in Singapore
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New York
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“Good selection with some limitations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

You do not find everything at the National Library in Singapore, just as you definitely would not find all books anywhere here, simply due to the tough censorship here. But the library has a fair collection of books. The only thing I don't like is that the ambience feels a bit dark and depressing, specially at the children's area. I am not sure if this has been changed since I last went there.

Visited July 2012
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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“library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

good collection of books for reading and reference.can be used as reading room also.no entry fees,even if you are a foreigner.you have to pay only in case you borrow books.

Visited January 2013
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Singapore River, Singapore
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“LIB”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

you will surely feel how much Singapore government cares about giving a good education conditions to it people. well organized and easy to borrow any book or references online or or by walk in

Visited April 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“NLB Singapore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

I'm in awed with the huge collections, cleanliness of the place. Very well kept, nice place to read and study. It's very crowded though.

Visited December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Rip off”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

If you are a 'foreigner' you get to pay a hefty $50 fee.

Perhaps it would be worthwhile if the DVD collection wasn't measly or if the lib. allowed you to request inter library loans for free. However, on top of $50 membership there is a $1.99 fee for reserving and requesting movies. If youare a foreign expat from the US and are used to the FREE facilities at public libraries (even for non-citizens) you'll be majorly dissapointed.

Now on to the positives: The location at NEX mall is awesome ( that's what i frequent the most). I like that you can check out magazines. Overall, book and magazine collection is good.

Visited January 2013
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