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The Central Library is the largest and flagship library of NUS Libraries. Each year, it records more than a million visits.

Located at the heart of NUS, Central Library stands out as one of the old charms of the University. Many NUS alumni have wonderful memories of the Central Library, referring to it fondly as CLB.

Central Library is a multi-disciplinary library serving all NUS staff and students and primarily those from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, the School of Computing and the School of Design and Environment.

Facility Booking

Central Library features a variety of spaces and resources available for the NUS Community’s learning, research, and teaching needs. Explore some of the featured spaces or visit the Facilities page to view the full list.


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Central Library

12 Kent Ridge Crescent

Singapore 119275

Tel: +65 6516 6949

Fax: +65 6774 7180

For detailed directions to the library, use  NUS Campus Map journey planner or Google Map Journey Planner.


  • Take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train to Clementi station (East-West Line).
  • Walk to the bus interchange just next to the MRT station.
  • Take the Bus Service No. 96 to the campus.
  • Alight at the bus stop opposite the Central Library, which is the second stop after the bus turns into the NUS campus (bus stop number 16189).
  • The entrance to the library is located on the 1th Level.
  • You may also take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to Buona Vista station (East-West Line).
  • Board Bus Service No. 95 from the bus stop on the opposite side of North Buona Vista Road.
  • Alight at the bus stop in front of the Central Library building (bus stop number 16181).
  • You may also take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to Kent Ridge Station (Circle Line).
  • Board either Bus Service No. 95 or the NUS Internal Shuttle Bus A1 from the bus stop on the side of the station.
  • Alight at the bus stop in front of the Central Library building.

Alternatively, you may take Bus Service No. 151 to the NUS campus. Alight at the bus stop in front of the Central Library building.

When you are already in the NUS campus, you can take the Internal Shuttle Bus Service to all the libraries in the NUS Library system.  For bus schedules and routes, click here.
Alight at the bus-stop at block AS8 (after the bus passes Central Library building) or opposite the road near NUS Information Technology building.
  • Take the Ayer Rajah Expressway (Tuas) and exit on Clementi Road.
  • Turn left into the university's Entrance B.
  • Go along Kent Ridge Crescent, past the first set of traffic lights
  • Central Library will be on your right

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There are no really safe bicycle lanes to NUS Kent Ridge Campus except through Dover Road to University Town. Once you are in University Town, take Campus Link, which has a bicycle lane, to enter Kent Ridge. There are two other marginally safer ways to get on the Kent Ridge campus:

  • From Pasir Panjang Road, enter Heng Mui Keng Terrace, which leads to Kent Ridge Drive.
  • Enter Science Park I from Portsdown Ave (near Normanton Park). Exit at South Buona Vista Road, just outside the NUHS building.

Note that this can be a busy junction during morning and evening peak hours.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, various access restrictions may apply based on prevailing on-campus guidelines issued by the University.

Libraries are closed on the following dates:
* Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library is closed for renovations until mid-2022
* Mon, 9 Aug 2021 (National Day) (except Yale-NUS College Library)
* Thu, 4 Nov 2021 (Deepavali) (except Yale-NUS College Library)
* Sat, 25 Dec 2021 (Christmas Day)
* Sat, 1 Jan 2022 (New Year's Day)


Opening hours are shortened on the following date:
* Fri, 24 Dec 2021 (Christmas Eve) - Closes at 1:00pm

18 OCT - 24 OCT 2021

Oct 18 Mon

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Oct 19 Tue

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Oct 20 Wed

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Oct 21 Thu

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Oct 22 Fri

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Oct 23 Sat

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Oct 24 Sun


18 OCT - 24 OCT 2021 Oct 18 Mon Oct 19 Tue Oct 20 Wed Oct 21 Thu Oct 22 Fri Oct 23 Sat Oct 24 Sun
Central Library 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM CLOSED