Yale-NUS College Library COVID-19 Updates



Library Space & Access

1. Is the library open?

Our opening hours are as follows:

Mon, 10 May – Sun, 8 Aug 2021
Mon-Thu: 8.30am-6.00pm
Fri: 8.30am-5.30pm
Sat & Sun and Public Holidays: CLOSED

Mon, 9 Aug – Sun, 5 Dec 2021
Mon-Fri: 8.30am-10.00pm
Sat & Sun: 10.00am-6.00pm
Public Holidays: 8.30am-10.00pm*

We are open to staff, faculty and students of Yale-NUS College and the NUS community. Members of the NUS Community should enter the Library using our Level 1 entrance (below Café Agora), and must register themselves at the service desk for contact tracing purposes.

The Library remains closed to members of the public in line with the College’s guidelines.

*Access is limited to members of the Yale-NUS community after 6pm.

2. Are study spaces open to the community?

Seating in the 24-hour study space and stacks remain accessible to staff, faculty and students of Yale-NUS College and the NUS community during our opening hours.

In light of recent COVID-19 measures, the Library will be reducing its capacity to 25%:

  • Level 1 and Level 2 seating areas have been cordoned off and will not be accessible.
  • Group Study Room capacities have been reduced to 1 pax per room.

Seats have been spaced out 1-metre apart, according to the government’s safe distancing guidelines. We seek users’ cooperation to observe good personal hygiene and adhere to safe distancing measures. Users are discouraged from consuming food and drinks in the Library (except plain water) and must wear a mask within Library premises at all times.

3. Can NUS external members and alumni access the Library?

As our Library remains closed to members of the public, external members and alumni will not be able to access and use our Library. However, external members and alumni with a valid NUS Library membership can request to borrow physical materials by making a request using this e-form. Materials from our Library will be sent to Central Library for pick up.


Borrowing & Returning

1. Can I borrow physical items?

Our collections are available for browsing and borrowing to staff, faculty and students of Yale-NUS College and the NUS community.

All electronic resources, including electronic research databases, e-books and e-journals remain available for your use. Please use the Proxy Bookmarklet to access them.

2. How do I return library items?

Library materials can be returned physically at the College Library, all NUS Libraries branches, and at the book drops around the NUS Campus.

3. How do I renew Library materials?

You can renew Library materials by accessing your Library account online. Our usual auto-renewal policy applies for eligible items for faculty and staff.

4. How do I pay my library fines?

Students, Faculty and Staff can pay library fines online via Credit Card / eDebit (Internet Banking). Please click here for further information.

5. Is Inter-Library Loan/Document Delivery (ILLiad) Service still available?

Our Inter-Library Loan service (ILLiad) and Document Deliver Service (DDS) is still limited as most overseas libraries have reduced access to their physical collection. For material that is available, an extended wait time is expected.

Please email us at library@yale-nus.edu.sg if you have any queries.

6. Can I still request items from NUS Libraries?

The Intra-library loan service is available to staff, faculty and graduate students. Please use this form to request for materials from NUS Libraries through intra-library loan.

As NUS’ zone restrictions have been lifted from 6 December 2020, this service is no longer available to undergraduate students.

7. Will Reserve Books/Reading (RBR) and E-reserves materials be accessible?

E-reserves will be available, and RBR books are available for loan to staff, faculty and students of Yale-NUS College.


Reference & Research Support

1. Will reference services still be available?

Yes. Please contact the subject librarians or the GIS specialist individually, or send your queries to library@yale-nus.edu.sg.


COVID-19 Resource List

The Library has put together a list of resources to help you navigate the digital work space during this pandemic, including Library resources that you already have access to.



This post was last updated on 23 Jul 2021.