Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



The Library serves the following categories of users.

User Category

Borrowing Privileges



Undergraduate – Max 6 items

Postgraduate – Max 8 items




Max 12 items


Members of

SIM Society


Max 6 items




Max 6 items


All library users are required to produce the appropriate card for library transactions.

A friendly reminder to return loaned items will be sent three days before the due date to the user's registered E-mail address.

Loan Periods 

Location Collection Duration Who can Borrow

Tay Eng Soon Library 
@ HQ
Recommended Course Collection​​ (RCC)

​7 Days*

​Students and

Course Collection

​7 or 21 Days

​Students and

General / Chinese / Malay / Tamil Collection

​21 Days

All Library Users

*The RCC loan period has temporarily changed from 4 hours to 7 days due to the COVID-19 situation.

Returning the Items

Kindly return your items via the automated book-drop at the entrance of Tay Eng Soon Library. ​

Renewal and Reservation of Items

Renewals and Reservation of items are free library services. Renewals can be done via My Library Account while reservations can be done via the online library catalogue. Either of these can also be done via E-mail.


A maximum of two renewals is allowed for books unless there are prior reservations for the items.

All items in the Loan Collections may be renewed except books from the Recommended Course Collection (RCC) which are for short-term loan only.


Only items that are on loan may be reserved. A maximum of four books may be reserved under a user's library account at any given time.

Upon availability of the reserved book(s), our librarians will inform library users via E-mail. Reserved books will be held for a maximum of three days after which the reservation will expire and the books will be shelved.

Reserved books can be collected from the Xpress Collect Locker at Block B, Level 1 (Interactive Lounge).​

Overdue Fines

Kindly return all items on time. Overdue items will incur fines.
When items are overdue, reminder notices will be sent via E-mail to notify the library user. 

Fines are not charged for Sundays, Public Holidays, or days on which the library is closed.

Payment methods are via CashCard or NETS at the circulation counter. To settle fines by PayNow, please E-mail us.
Overdue fines are specified below

​Collection Loan Duration Overdue Charges
​Recommended Course Collection 7 Days $2.00 per hour
Course Collection 7 or 21 Days $0.50 per day
General / Chinese / Malay / Tamil Collection
21 Days $0.50 per day

Damage/Loss of Library Materials

Library users are required to report damaged or loss of library materials immediately to the library. Users are liable to pay for the current cost of the book plus an administrative fee of $16.05 (inclusive of 7% GST).

Out of print books will be charged at a flat rate of $100 (inclusive of 7% GST).

Loan of Devices ​(Camcorder, iPad, Portable Projector and Notebook)

Devices are available for loan from the library from our users' convenience. Each user is allowed to loan notebooks, iPads and portable projector for free for only ​​four hours and the camcorder for only six hours per day. Thereafter, a charge of $2.00 is applicable per hour.

There are a limited number of devices so loans are on a first-come-first-served basis.