How can I continue to visit the exhibits in the National Library building safely?, Singapore News & Top Stories


While libraries and archives remain open with secure management measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can also visit some of the exhibits in the National Library building from the comfort of your home. The National Library Board (NLB) has developed virtual exhibits that provide an authentic and enriching experience for everyone.

The news gallery: beyond the headlines

Take NLB’s virtual news gallery for example. Artifacts from the popular permanent exhibition have been digitized and uploaded here.

Like the physical exhibition on level 5 of the National Library building, the virtual gallery has three sections: the first editions; Behind every story; and Fact or False.

First editions

Featuring The Singapore Free Press, Utusan Melayu, Nanyang Siang Pau and Tamil Murasu, this virtual exhibition will take you back to the roots of Singapore’s newspaper industry. The trip provides insight into the concerns and interests of different communities and shows how newspapers reflect the rich socio-cultural tapestry of our country.

Behind every story

Different priorities and concerns mean that incident and development reports are influenced by different factors. By analyzing reports on the fall of Singapore, the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, among others, this exhibition sheds light on how these major events were covered from several angles.

Done or Wrong?

In the age of social media and the internet, fake news can – and does – cause enormous damage. Check out case studies of prevalent lies in this section, like the 2012 WhatsApp lynchings in India and a 2018 deepfake video of President Obama.


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