Membership Privileges

Item Loan Limit Loan Period Overdue Fines
Lending Books 20 28 days 20 cents per item per day
Reference Books 1 1 day 20 cents per hour
RQ (Quick Reference) Books 1 1 day 20 cents per hour
RQ ATT (RQ Attachment) 1 1 day 20 cents per hour
CDROM 20 28 days 20 cents per item per day
DVD/Videos 3 3 days 20 cents per day

Loan Policies

  • No library membership fees required
  • The loan period is according to calendar days. However, when a public holiday falls on the day an item is due, the next working day is taken as the due date.
  • You are allowed a 2 time renewal of your borrowed item if there is no reservation on it. You can renew via the library catalogue. You can reserve up to 5 items.
  • Library members must produce their valid staff card when borrowing library materials.
  • Library members are held responsible for all materials charged to their card. They are also responsible for any damage found in the library materials when returned. Library members are advised to report to the Library staff any damage found before borrowing any library material.
  • Loan of audio-visual materials will be in accordance with Info-communications and Media Development Authority (IMDA) guidelines and recommendations.
  • Reminders will be sent via email. These serve only as a reminder and non-receipt of the reminder does not absolve any member from paying fines.
  • Membership privileges, including the privilege to renew item loans, will be suspended if there are fines or overdue items outstanding in the member's account. Membership privileges will be restored once the outstanding charges are settled.
  • Borrowed item which has been overdue by 60 days, it will be treated as lost. Lost charges include the cost of items plus applicable tax and the cost of processing of items at prevailing rates.
  • New due dates will be calculated from the date of renewal request.


All payments can be made via PayNow only at the RP Library Information Counter (South Entrance).

Return of Library Materials

  • All library materials with exception of corporate passes can be returned at RP or National Library Board Libraries book-drops with effect from July 2013.
  • The commitment from both partners is to cancel the loans of items by the next working day.
  • If you have items that are due today (or already overdue), it is best to return them at the place you have borrowed them from to minimise the incurrence of fines.
  • All library materials must be returned to the Library when recalled.

Lost Library Materials

  • Library members must report loss of materials to the Library. Fines will be calculated according to the rates of fines from the date due to the date when the material was reported lost or, if the item is subsequently found, till the date the material is returned.
  • Library members who lose materials charged to them are liable to pay for the cost of the material as well as an administrative charge of $10.90 (inclusive of 9% GST). There will be no refund once payment is made even if the lost item is found later.

Lost Staff Card

Staff must report loss of staff cards to the Library and Estates immediately. This is to prevent unauthorized use of the card.

Expiry of Library Membership

A staff's library membership will expire upon resignation from the Republic Polytechnic. All outstanding fines and loans must be cleared before his/her last official day at the Republic Polytechnic.

Partner Staff Membership

Partner Staff are welcome to activate their library membership if their contract with Republic Polytechnic stands for six months or more. An email endorsement from the Reporting Officer from Republic Polytechnic is required for the library to process the membership.