This application is a service of Singapore Government.
A new version of NLB Mobile with new nifty features.
Provided by the National Library Board Singapore, the application allows library patrons to:
• Set up multiple user profiles
• Borrow library items by scanning barcodes
• Manage loans and reservations
• Search the library catalogue
• View events happening at each library
What's new in this release:
• Online payment of fees
• Borrow and read ebooks in the same app
• View loan and reservation histories
• Bookmark favourite items
Ratings and Reviews
Just scan books with this app to borrow
I personally loved both NLB app and its eBook OverDrive app. NLB app made borrowing & extension of books super easy! Just scan the book with this app to borrow it (almost instantenously really) when in library, no more queueing! An added convenience when I forget to bring my IC as well. I paid fine once using the app & it was pretty breezy too.
As for a separate eBook app, I reckon the eBooks have to be accessed from different app as OverDrive is a 3rd party platform. It has other libraries around d world subscribing to its service. Having 2 apps is really no issue for me. Plus borrower can always return ur eBooks ANYTIME using the eBook app (not the NLB app, pls)! It's also quite awesome that the ebook quota is ON TOP of physical book quota.
I feel this app really needs a more +ve reviews. It's been one of the most useful apps I've ever had. The current rating of < 3 stars to me absolutely doesn't do any justice. Hope to see more useful features & improvements rolled-out.
Great initiative from NLB but better if I can choose my reader
I’ve never rated any apps before but this was such a great initiative and app that I wanted to commend the team working on this ( thus e 4 stars) but also suggest additional improvements ( for the last star)
I’ve not visited the library in YEARS! and I saw this NLB advertisement on the trains and thought I would try it out and wow I was so impressed I’ve been helping to promote this to all my friends!
The ebooks r updated and there are numerous and diverse choices so I found quite a number of books I wanted to read which was great. However I wished there wasn’t an availability limit especially since there should be unlimited copies of electronic books ( vs physical copies)
Having to use a few apps to enjoy the full app capabilities was a bit of a hassle to set up but it was a one off effort for good return so I was ok.
Last but most importantly, I just wish I could read the ebooks on my kindle device instead of my phone. The kindle device is much kinder on the eyes. If the books can be populated on these reading devices this app would be nothing short of perfection!
Suggestions to better improve the app
The initiative of introducing a huge selection of ebooks to the app is an admirable effort from NLB. I’ve found myself spending more time reading ebooks during my free time rather than scrolling through social media platforms.
Just a few suggestions to better improve the user experience (aside from bug fixes):
- return of ebooks: rather than waiting for it to be returned automatically, provide users with the functionality to return. Else, users will be restrained by the loan quota given.
- sorting feature (for search function and category list) : include ability to sort the ebooks based on user’s preference (eg: popularity, reviews, release date). This allows users to discover books more effectively.
The current huge limitation of the ebooks feature in the app is having a prefixed number available to borrow. It has been known that a huge pro factor of Ebooks against having physical copies is the limitless supply unless predefined by the developer. Hopefully the rationale for having supply control can be changed in the near future.
Overall, this is a great app to have and encourages singaporeans to read more.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.