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WHAT INFORMATION AND SERVICES DOES ARCHIVES ONLINE PROVIDE?

Archives Online provides information and services like:

  • Inventory listings of archival records of different media
  • Administrative history and brief description of government agencies' function.
    (This helps researchers identify relevant records by understanding the way records are created, such as the agency's mandate and functions.)
  • Viewing of selected digitised records, such as photographs, posters, speeches, cartographic records, oral history interviews and audio-visual recordings
  • Find out about conditions governing access to the records and the conditions governing reproduction of the records
  • Information on some of the exhibitions by NAS
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HOW CAN I VIEW THE ARCHIVAL RECORDS?

Some of the records can be viewed directly from Archives Online. These include photographs, posters, speeches, cartographic records, oral history interviews and audio-visual recordings.

For those which do not have viewing copies uploaded online, you may submit a request to view the archival records at the Archives Reading Room. Please download this form (pdf, 216kb), fill in the details of the records and submit it to nas@nlb.gov.sg. We will advise on the availability and the conditions governing viewing and reproduction within three to five working days.

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WHERE ARE THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE AND THE ARCHIVES READING ROOM?

National Archives of Singapore (including the ARR) will be closed for renovations from 30 September 2017 to 2019. During this period, ARR services will continue to be provided at Level 11 of the National Library Building from 9 October 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.nas.gov.sg/Archives-Reading-Room

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HOW DO I GET TO THE RELOCATED ARCHIVES READING ROOM AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY BUILDING?

The address of the relocated ARR is:
Level 11
Lee Kong Chian Reference Library
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064
Directions to the National Library building can be found here.

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WHAT ARE THE OPERATING HOURS OF THE RELOCATED ARCHIVES READING ROOM (ARR)?

The operating hours of the relocated ARR will be the same as that of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library:
- 10am to 9pm daily, including Sundays and substituted public holidays (i.e. the Monday following a public holiday that falls on a Sunday)
- Closed on public holidays (except substituted public holidays).

For more information on the services provided at the relocated ARR, please visit http://www.nas.gov.sg/Archives-Reading-Room/About-Archives-Reading-Room

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ARE THERE ADMISSION FEES FOR THE ARCHIVES READING ROOM (ARR) AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE (NAS)?

The Archives Reading Room is open to the public free-of-charge for research purposes and there are no charges for using NAS finding aids. First time researchers/users have to register at the counter upon arrival and prior to using the services. Please bring along your NRIC or passport for registration.

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WHAT ARE THE SERVICES PROVIDED AT THE RELOCATED ARCHIVES READING ROOM?

In summary:
Archives Reading Room Services

Viewing of Records:
  • During office hours, both restricted access and open access material will be available for viewing. Please email us at nas@nlb.gov.sg with the records request form (pdf, 216kb) three working days in advance for us to advise on availability and the conditions governing access.
  • After office hours, only open access material set aside by appointment will be available for viewing. Please contact us at nas@nlb.gov.sg three working days before your visit to make an appointment.
Reproduction of Records
  • Reproduction of open access records via the computer viewing stations and microfilm reader-printers are available at all times.
  • For reproduction orders with quotation and order number emailed to you beforehand, please make payment during office hours.
Enquiries on burial and cemetery records:
  • Enquiries on burial or cemetery records are to be made at the ARR counter during office hours.
Searches for marriage records on or before 15 September 1961 Searches for school records to verify education details
  • Searches for school records to verify education details based on records transferred to National Archives of Singapore can be requested. Please fill out this Verification of School Records form and email it to nas@nlb.gov.sg.
  • Collection of the verification of school records letter must be done during office hours.
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IS THERE FACILITATED ACCESS FOR THE DISABLED AT THE RELOCATED ARCHIVES READING ROOM (ARR)?

Wheelchair access is available to the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library and the relocated ARR. A washroom for wheelchair users is also available.

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WHAT MATERIALS AM I ALLOWED TO BRING INTO THE RELOCATED ARCHIVES READING ROOM (ARR)? ARE THERE LOCKER FACILITIES?

No food or drinks, including water bottles, are allowed to be brought into the ARR. Only pencils, paper and laptops can be brought into the ARR.

Bags must be kept in lockers, which are available at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.

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ARE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO RECORDING ALLOWED AT THE RELOCATED ARCHIVES READING ROOM (ARR)?

Photography and videography are only allowed with express permission. Please seek assistance at the ARR counter.

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CAN I USE MY MOBILE PHONE AT THE RELOCATED ARCHIVES READING ROOM (ARR)?

Mobile phones must be switched to the silent mode in the ARR.

Please be considerate when using a mobile phone and step out of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library when making or answering a call.

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WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE LOST SOMETHING AFTER LEAVING THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE?

If you lose something during your visit, please approach the Archives Reading Room staff for assistance. Please email nas@nlb.gov.sg for assistance if you realised you lost something after you have left.

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HOW CAN I CONTACT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF SINGAPORE?

Email: nas@nlb.gov.sg

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