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Only current Individual, Corporate, and Student members can use the library services and access the library resources.

A member is entitled to borrow a maximum of six items (print and/or non-print media) from the library.

Students and Individual Members

Students and Individual members are required to produce their SIM Student E-card or SIM Membership card for any library transactions.

A friendly reminder will be sent three days prior to the stipulated due date to the member's registered email address.

As membership cards are non-transferable, members who wise to authorise a representative to carry out any library transaction on their behalf are required to provide a letter of authorisation.

Corporate Members

An employee of a company that is a Corporate Member is eligible to enjoy library privileges and only needs to register with the library during his/her initial visit.

To register, an employee is required to produce his/her staff identification pass (with photograph) in order to authenticate your employment with the company.

For subsequent visits, the employee needs to present their staff identification pass to borrow books.

Loan Periods 

Location Collection Duration Who can Borrow

Tay Eng Soon Library @ HQ

Recommended Course Collection​​

4 hours / Overnight* / ​Weekend*
* Overnight loan on Monday – Friday from 4 pm​
* Weekend loan on Saturday from 12.30 pm​

 ​Current SIM Students
Course Collection

​7 or 21 Days

Current SIM Students

General Collection
Chinese / Malay / Tamil Collection

​21 Days

 ​All Current SIM Members

Maximum fine is $100 per item​​​ ​ ​

Returning the Items

Kindly return your items via the automated book-drop at the entrance of Tay Eng Soon Library or at the library counter itself.

Renewal and Reservation of Items

Renewals and Reservation of items are a free library service. 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, telephone, or at the library counter itself.


A maximum of two renewals are allowed for books and audio materials unless there is a prior reservation for the items.

All items in the Loan Collections may be renewed with the exception of books in 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 member's account at any given time.

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

Overdue Fines

All loans are deemed valid until they are returned. Fines are charged as a deterrent to ensure that members are prompt in returning their books. When items are overdue, notices will be sent via E-mail to notify members.

Fines are not charged for Sundays, Public Holidays or days on which the libraries are closed. Payment methods are via CashCard or NETS at the circulation counter.

Overdue fines are specified below

​Collection Loan Duration Overdue Charges
​Recommended Course Collection 4 hours / Overnight / Weekend $2.00 per hour
Course Collection 7 or 21 Days $0.50 per day
General Collection
Chinese / Malay / Tamil Collection

21 Days

$0.50 per day

Damage/Loss of Library Materials

Members are required to report damaged or loss of library materials immediately to the library. Members 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).

Borrowing on Behalf

​Members who wish to authorize another person to borrow on their behalf may download the Loan Authorisation Form.

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

Devices are available for rent from the libraries for our members' convenience. Each member is allowed to rent 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 rental is on a first-come-first-served basis.