No. 85, February 2016
2015 was a significant year for Singapore as the nation celebrated 50 years of independence as a republic. The year also coincided with the 20th anniversary of the National Library Board (NLB). To commemorate the NLB’s 20th anniversary and celebrate Singapore’s golden jubilee, the NLB launched PublicationSG – NLB’s Legal Deposit Catalogue that enables the public to search and retrieve materials from the Legal Deposit collection. PublicationSG was unveiled by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, and the public was also given a preview to the rich Legal Deposit collection at an exhibition that showcased interesting materials from the collection.
< Homepage of PublicationSG >
Legal Deposit is a statutory function of the National Library and it enables the library to collect published works in Singapore, as two copies of every Singapore publication are required for deposit with the NLB. This print and audio visual heritage collection is made up of more than a million books, serials, ephemera, visual and sound recordings, but has not been fully accessible to the public until recently. Previously, selected Legal Deposit materials relevant to researchers were made available for public access at the National Library. Now, the public can search for all the materials in the Legal Deposit collection with PublicationSG, and place a reservation for the required items to be consulted at the National Library. The addition of the rich Legal Deposit collection also establishes the National Library of Singapore as the premier institution for research on all things related to Singapore.
< Entertainment publications featured at the Legal Deposit exhibition >
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