Personal External Membership

Who may apply

1. NUS Alumni

The application must be accompanied by a scan copy of the AlumNUS Card (front & back) from the Office of Alumni Relations. To apply for the AlumNUS card, go to :


2. Distance Learning Students

The application must be accompanied by current documentary proof (not more than one-month old) of candidature at the university/higher-learning institution.


3. Senior Government Officers (Division 1 and above only)

The application must be accompanied by a current letter (not more than one-month old), signed by the Director of Human Resources certifying the applicant's designation and confirming that the application is in connection with official duties.


4. Others

The spouse of a current NUS Teaching staff may apply for a basic-level membership, and must be accompanied by a scan copy of the NUS Staff card. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


Terms and Conditions


1. The Applicant will be responsible for ensuring that all outstanding debts to NUS Libraries arising from books lost/damaged and library-related fines are settled.

2. Due to licensing agreements, external members DO NOT have access to the electronic resources and online journals.

3. Please note that certain library facilities and materials such as Reserve Book & Readings (RBR), media materials, study carrels, discussion rooms and collaborative spaces are available to NUS students and staff only.

4. NUS Libraries reserves the right to assess each application on a case-by-case basis.


Loan Entitlement

Category of Membership Basic level Enhanced level
*NUS Alumni 6 $139.10 12 $192.60
Distance Learning Students 6 $353.10 12 $460.10
Senior Government Officers 6 $192.60 12 $246.10
Others 6 $353.10 12 $460.10

*NUS Alumni can also opt for a five-year continuous membership. The subscription fee is $460.10 and loan quota is 12.

All fees cited here are inclusive of the current prevailing GST, and a non-refundable registration fee of $32.10 for all new applications.

The loan period for External Members is 14 days (except for items from the C J Koh Law Library). See details at this Loan Entitlement table.

We will not refund fees after a library membership card has been issued.



From Aug 2017, the application can only be done online. Please use the CHROME browser, and have the relevant supporting documents (in PDF) as listed above, and one passport-size photograph (in jpg) ready. Click HERE to begin the application.

If you are unable to do online application, please call us 6516-2016 or email us for assistance. Note that the manual application will take a longer time.


Membership Services, Central Library

National University of Singapore
12 Kent Ridge Crescent
Singapore 119275



Content updated on 09 Apr 2018

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