Opening Hours

Mondays - Fridays
8.30 am - 8.00 pm

8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Sun & Public/Uni Holidays


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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.

Registration / Membership

Principals and teachers of MOE-registered schools/junior colleges, MOE Senior Officers and professional/curriculum specialists may apply for membership. The application form and terms and conditions are available here.
Membership registration at the Service Point is only available Monday-Friday from 8.30am-4.30pm.

Validity Of Membership

  • Loan privileges will be suspended when members go on no pay/study leave.
  • Inactive membership will be purged as determined by the Library.
  • Members should inform and update the Library promptly of any change in their personal particulars and posting.
  • For breach of any of the Library Rules, fines may be imposed and library privileges suspended or withdrawn.
  • Members who resign or retire from MOE must return the NIE Library Membership Card to the Library. At the same time, they must also settle all outstanding matters/charges before leaving the service.


Registered Principals and Teachers attending full-time in-service courses at NIE

  • Teacher membership will be suspended during the period of the course as course participants will be issued student cards for loans and other library services. Upon completion of the course, their teacher membership will be restored.

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 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.

Borrowing Privileges for Teachers and Senior MOE Officers

Category Period
Loan Limit 10 items
Main Lending Collection 21 days
Instructional Materials
Assessment Exercises & Children and Young Adult (CYA) Collection
Reserve (Red-Spot) Books & Big Books

No loan

For use in Library only

Current & Bound Periodicals
Reference Materials
AV Material 3 hours (use in library)
Electronic Resources Onsite access only
Overdue Fines 30 cts/day/hr as applicable
Fines for Recall Items $1 / 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
  • Course notes

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, 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 / staff 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 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.

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


Last updated: April 18, 2018  

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