Opening Hours

Mondays - Fridays
8.30 am - 8.00 pm

8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Sun & Public/Uni Holidays


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External Members


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 on library resources and services can be found on NIE Library's website.

Membership Application & Registration

A summary of the External Membership Structure and Fees is available here.
The Terms and Conditions of the External Membership Scheme are available here.
To apply, please submit completed application form together with relevant documents, cheque for the relevant amount and IC / Passport-size photo to:

Manager / Access Services
Library and Information Services Centre (LIBRIS)
National Institute of Education
Blk 4, 1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 637616

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application within 10 working days of receipt of their application.
Membership registration at the Service Point is only available Monday-Friday from 8.30am-4.30pm.

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. The Membership Number is the barcode number on your library card. The PIN assigned to members is the last 4 alphanumeric characters of their NRIC, FIN or Passport number. You are strongly advised to change the assigned PIN through the WebOPAC.

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

  • Mobile phones 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 can be consumed within the LearningHub area.
  • Mutilation and theft of library materials are serious offences. Appropriate action will be taken against offenders.
  • All library users should dress appropriately and conduct themselves with decorum.

Borrowing Privileges / Overdue Fines

Borrowing Privileges for External Members
Member Categories Corporate Members Alumni / Personal Members
Higher Degree
Students from
Govt-funded IHLs
Full-time Teaching &
Research Staff from
Govt-Funded IHLs
(on reciprocal basis)
Loan limit
(no. of items)
6 6 3
Loan Period for:  
Main Lending Collection 21 days
Instructional Materials 21 days
Assessment Exercises & Children and Young Adult (CYA) Collection Use in library
Reference Materials Use in library
AV Materials 3 hours (Use in library)
Current Periodicals Use in library
Bound Periodicals Use in library
Big Books No loan
Special Collections (SEDU, Closed Stacks) No loan
Reserve Books
No loan
Electronic Resources Onsite access only
Rates of Fines Main lending collection: 30 cents / day / item
Audio-visual materials: 30 cents / hour / item
Fines for Overdue Recalled Items $1 per day per item after recalled due date

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.

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.

Collection At A Glance

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

Media resources

Chinese/Malay/Tamil Collections Reference Collection
  • Education papers
  • Electronic databases
  • Microform collection
  • News clippings
  • Resource files
  • Test collection
  • Theses & dissertations
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
Computer Software Books
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 + 5% 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 unauthorized use of the card. Members will be liable for all loans recorded under their names before receipt of the 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 may be renewed twice 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

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

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.

Lending books may be returned through the Book Return Bin located outside the entrance. They 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 us at 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 te 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 guides or SearchPath, an interactive tutorial that teaches basic library and research skills.  

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.

Opening Hours**

  NIE Library / 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 the latest update on opening hours.

Contact Tel / E-mail

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


Last updated: April 18, 2018  

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