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National Archives of Singapore[edit | edit source]

National Archives of Singapore
1 Canning Rise
Singapore 179868

Monday - Sunday: 10am – 9pm
Staffed Service Hours:
Weekdays: 10am – 6.30pm
Saturdays: 10am – 1pm


The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) can be traced back to the Raffles Museum and Library in 1938. In 1938, Tan Soo Chye was appointed to record and preserve the colonial history of the country. Formed in 1968 under the National Heritage Board, it was transferred to the National Library Board in 2012. The NAS has an extensive collection of records available digitally on their website.[1]
It should be noted that most records relating to Singapore were damaged or lost during the Japanese occupation, but the country has done a marvelous job of preserving what records could be recovered.

National Library of Singapore[edit | edit source]

National Library of Singapore
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM

The National Library of Singapore (NLB) was established in 1995, and houses a wide variety of different books and records. Some of these are available digitally on their website. The National Library traces its history back to the establishment of the first public library as a result of suggestions by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore. This library, renamed the Hullett Memorial Library in 1923, was co-located with Singapore's first school, Raffles Institution, at a site now occupied by the Raffles City complex. It moved to a separate Library and Museum Building in 1887 under the name of Raffles Library as part of the Raffles Museum, before moving to the Stamford Road premises in 1960 under the name of the National Library of Singapore.
As Singapore gained its independence in 1965, and as the country's population spread into the suburbs, the library, in collaboration with the city's urban planners, established a presence in the suburbs by building a library branch in most of the new towns built by the Housing and Development Board. These branch libraries were each considered a physical extension of the original library at Stamford Road, rather than distinct institutions in their own right, thus the term "National Library" could be said to apply to the original institution and all its affiliates.

National University of Singapore Library[edit | edit source]

National University of Singapore Central Library
12 Kent Ridge Crescent
Singapore 119275
Monday-Friday: 8:30AM-9:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM-5:00PM

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is one of the three largest public and autonomous universities in Singapore. Founded in 1905, it is the oldest institute of higher learning (IHL) in Singapore, as well as the largest university in the country in terms of student enrolment and curriculum offered. NUS is a research-intensive, comprehensive university with an entrepreneurial dimension.
The Bukit Timah campus houses the Faculty of Law, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and research institutes. Many of the island's historical archives are housed there. On the webpage there are links to other libraries in Singapore with special collections and records. [1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Archives of Singapore, "History",, accessed 2 August 2019.