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Public libraries to increase operating capacity to 50 per cent from Aug 19; weekday time limit removed

SINGAPORE — From Thursday (Aug 19), all 26 public libraries in Singapore will operate at 50 per cent capacity, up from 25 per cent previously, as the National Library Board (NLB) eases its measures in line with the nation’s.

The National Library Board said that time limits at libraries will be removed on weekdays.

The National Library Board said that time limits at libraries will be removed on weekdays.

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SINGAPORE — From Thursday (Aug 19), all 26 public libraries in Singapore will operate at 50 per cent capacity, up from 25 per cent previously, as the National Library Board (NLB) eases its measures in line with the nation’s.

The requirement for temperature screening will also be removed, NLB said in a press release on Monday. 

These adjustments to capacity and temperature screening will also apply to two other buildings under NLB’s administration: The National Archives of Singapore in Fort Canning and the Former Ford Factory in Upper Bukit Timah.

This means that the audience capacity for the Asian Film Archive’s public screenings at the National Archives of Singapore’s Oldham Theatre will be increased to 50, from the current 33, for the theatre and the atrium. 

NLB said in its statement that library-goers will also be able to spend more time reading and learning at the facilities as dwell time limits will be removed on weekdays.

However, a timed entry system will still apply on weekends with patrons required to make advance online bookings for up to five people by indicating their preferred slots on the NLB website. 

Under the system, the time limit is three hours for regional libraries in Jurong, Tampines and Woodlands, the National Library on Victoria Street, the study lounge on the fifth floor of the National Library building, and the National Archives of Singapore. 

The maximum dwell time for all other libraries is two hours while that for the Former Ford Factory is an hour.

Visitors may also check the real-time crowd capacity at the facilities on NLB’s website.

NLB also said that it will progressively resume its physical programmes, including its mobile library service called Molly, guided tours for exhibition, and operations of creative studios under the MakeIT at Libraries initiative.

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