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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.






NUS Libraries Virtual Tours

Take a virtual tour of our libraries. Virtual tours are available for the following libraries:

CentralC J Koh Law • Hon Sui Sen Memorial • MedicalMusicScienceWan Boo Sow Chinese

Finding your way within the library? Access the

Take a virtual tour of each level:
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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

SeeNUS Parking

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.

Opening 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:
Mon, 2 Jan 2023
(New Year's Day)
Sat, 22 Apr 2023
(Hari Raya Puasa)*
Wed, 9 Aug 2023
(National Day)*
Mon, 23 Jan 2023
(Chinese New Year)*
Mon, 1 May 2023
(Labour Day)*
Mon, 13 Nov 2023
Tue, 24 Jan 2023
(Chinese New Year)*
Mon, 5 Jun 2023
(Vesak Day)
Mon, 25 Dec 2023
(Christmas Day)
Fri, 7 Apr 2023
(Good Friday)*
Thu, 29 Jun 2023
(Hari Raya Haji)

*except Yale-NUS College Library

Opening hours are shortened on the following dates:
Fri, 6 Jan 2023 (Staff Event)
- Closes at 1:00pm (except Yale-NUS College Library)
Sat, 21 Jan 2023 (Chinese New Year's Eve)
- Closes at 2:00pm (except Yale-NUS College Library)
Additional notes:
C J Koh Law Library
Angsana Rooms 1 and 2 are open to NUS staff and students 24/7 during term time.
Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library
Closed for renovations until further notice.
Medical Library
Level 5 Reading Area is open to NUS staff and students 24/7.
Science Library
Except for the Level 6 Reading Area, Science Library is closed in preparation for the move to the new Medicine+Science Library in Q2 2023. Please refer to the following announcement for more details.
Wan Boo Sow Chinese Library (雲茂潮中文图书馆)
Closed 1-hour before Central Library's closing time during term time.
Yale-NUS College Library

Access is limited to staff, faculty and students of Yale-NUS College & NUS.

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

20 MAR - 26 MAR 2023

Mar 20 Mon

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Mar 21 Tue

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Mar 22 Wed

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Mar 23 Thu

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Mar 24 Fri

09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Mar 25 Sat

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Mar 26 Sun


20 MAR - 26 MAR 2023 Mar 20 Mon Mar 21 Tue Mar 22 Wed Mar 23 Thu Mar 24 Fri Mar 25 Sat Mar 26 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
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