Opening Hours

Mondays - Fridays
8.30 am - 8.00 pm

8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Sun & Public/Uni Holidays


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NIE Students


The NIE Library houses a collection of approximately 500,000 volumes and subscribes to about 44,000 journals, with a strong emphasis on education. Members are encouraged to make full use of the wide range of library and information services. More information about on library resources and services can be found on the NIE Library's website.


Full-time students are automatically members of the Library. Registration at the Library is not required.

Library Membership Number & PIN

Members are required to key in their library membership number and PIN when accessing some of the services available on the WebOPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue). These services include viewing of borrower information / holds / outstanding balance, cancellation of holds and loan renewals. For NIE students, the membership number and password are the same as your Blackboard Login Account (uppercase for username).

Library Notifications

Members will receive library notifications by e-mail. It is the responsibility of members to keep track of the due dates of their loans by checking their records regularly through the WebOPAC. After logging into your account, you may view / renew items borrowed, cancel holds and check for outstanding fines. Non-receipt of reminder is not a valid reason for waiver of fines, if any.

General Library Rules

  • Handphones should be switched to silent or off mode. Only texting is allowed.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted in the library.
  • Only food and drinks purchased from the cafe may be consumed within the LearningHub area.
  • Mutilation and theft of library materials are serious offences. Appropriate action will be taken against offenders.
  • All students and student teachers should observe the Dress Code for Student Teachers and conduct themselves with decorum.

Locating Materials

Library materials are classified according to the Library of Congress (LC) Classification Scheme. Use the WebOPAC to locate materials and note down the location and call number of the book.

Borrowing Privileges / Overdue Fines

Borrowing Privileges for NIE Students & Student Teachers
Member Categories
  • PGDE
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma
  • F/T in-service
  • Higher Degree (Master's, PhD, EdD)
  • Students of part-time NIE in-service programmes
Loan Limit (no. of items) 20 30 3
Loan Period For:  
Open Shelf books# 28 days
Assessment Exercises & Children and Young Adults' (CYA) Collection# 28 days
Big Books^ 21 days 21 days No loan
Reserve (Red-spot) books^ 2 hours/overnight loan
Current & Bound Periodicals For use in library only
AV Materials@* 3 days
Video cassettes & Gramophone records For use in library only - 3 hours
Overdue Fines For  
General Lending Collection 30cts/day
AV Materials


Reserve (Red Spot) Books 50cts/hour or part thereof
Fines for Recall Items $1 per day per item after recall due date

^ Items from these collections cannot be renewed.
* There will be exceptions to items with restricted access or for use in library only.
# Up to 6 renewals allowed provided there are no outstanding reservations (including accompanying materials).
@ Up to 2 renewals allowed provided there are no outstanding reservations.

Book Delivery Service

You may request for library books that are available or on hold for you to be delivered to your home in Singapore by courier service. The minimum charge for courier delivery is $9.00. Rates are subject to change by the courier service provider. More details are available in the Book Delivery Service webpage.

Photocopying & Printing Services (Right Wing, Levels 2 and 4, and Reserves, Level 2)

Tel: (65) 9839-0594

Integrated photocopying and printing services are available on Levels 2 and 4 in the library. However, users must observe the COPYRIGHT ACT when photocopying library materials. More details are available in the Photocopying & Printing Services webpage.

Collection At A Glance

Level Left Wing Right Wing
2 Reserve Book (Red-Spot) Collection
  • Books & Accompanying materials
  • Course notes

Big books (3-week loan)

Media resources and Archive

Music collection

Microform collection

Circulating Reference resources e.g. atlases, biographical sources, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, directories, statistical sources, etc.

Chinese/Malay/Tamil Collections

Non-circulating Reference resources e.g. news clippings, academic exercises, dissertations/theses, examination papers, MEA policy papers, etc.

Electronic databases


3   Current & Bound Periodicals
Instructional Materials
Assessment Exercises
CYA (Children & Young Adults' Collection)
4 SEDU (Singapore Education Resources Collection)
(Request at Service Point on Level 2)
General Lending Collection (A-Z)
American Literature/USIS Collection
CJ Koh Collection

Loan Rules/Policies

Membership is non-transferable. Members using self check machines should retain the checkout receipts as proof of borrowing.

Damaged / Lost Materials
Members are liable for the loss or damage of library materials that are borrowed under their account. The amount payable is the replacement cost plus an administrative fee of $20.00 + GST for EACH lost item and overdue fines (if any). A sum of three times the estimated cost of an item will be charged for an out-of-print item reported lost or returned damaged.

Loss of Cards
Members must report loss of membership card at the Service Point immediately to prevent unauthorised use of the card. Members will be liable for all loans recorded under their names before the receipt of the loss report by NIE Library.

All materials are subject to recall if they are urgently needed. A recall email or letter to the borrower initiates an early return of the item immediately or within a specified period of time. Overdue fines for recalled items are currently charged at $1 / day / item after the recall due date.

Borrowed materials (with exceptions*) may be renewed six times if there is no reservation for them. Telephone renewals will not be accepted. They may be renewed personally at the Service Point or via the following:

  1. WebOPAC
  2. Self-Check Machines

*Items from the following collections cannot be renewed: 1) Reserve (Red-Spot) Book Collection and 2) Big Books.

* Item from the following collections can be renewed twice: 1) AV Materials Collections.

Requesting for Items held in the Closed Stack( for research in the library only)
Request for items archived in the Closed Stack may be made at the Service Point or via the online form.

Reserve Book Collection (Red-Spot)
Only 1 book can be borrowed at a time, for 2 hours. Overnight loans are available 2 hours before the Service Point closes and must be returned by 11am on the next opening day. Members must not take books out of the Red-Spot Section unless the books have been charged out to them.

Only books with the status "No copies currently available" can be put on hold (i.e. reserved) via the WebOPAC. Members will be notified once the book is returned. If it is not collected within 7 days, the reservation will lapse.

All items may be returned through the Book Return Bin located outside the entrance. Items should never be returned directly to the shelves.

Information Services and Research Consultation
Service Point Staff provide assistance in locating library resources or specific information at the Service Point (Level 2, Library). Queries may also be submitted by filling in the online form or emailing to Users who wish to request research consultation can make an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Instructional Services
Instruction Librarians provide library instruction and training on the use of WebOPAC (Online Library Catalogue) and other information resources on an individual basis as well as in groups.  Requests may be submitted by filling in the online form or emailing to Users who prefer self-paced learning may access the online guides or SearchPath, an interactive tutorial that teaches basic library and research skills.  

Opening Hours**


  LIBRIS/ Service Point
Term Time Monday - Friday
8.30 am - 8 pm
8.30 am - 5 pm
Vacation Time Monday - Friday

8.30 am - 5 pm
8.30 am - 1 pm

The Library is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Loan services cease 30 minutes before the library closes. ** Please check NIE Library's homepage for latest update on opening hours.

Contact Tel / E-mail

Loan and Membership Services: 6790-3627
Service Point Services: 6790-3626
Research & Information Services: 6790-3623
Media Services (available at Service Point): 6790-3626



Last updated: February 14, 2018  

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