The Resource Centre is committed to preserving its collection. We must therefore request that you read and observe the rules below. Violation of these rules will lead to exclusion from the Resource Centre.
- Food and drink is not permitted.
- Please deposit all personal belongings (e.g. books, papers, folders, pens, newspaper, bags, briefcases, computer cases, coats, and umbrellas) in the lockers provided.
- Personal laptops may be used.
- Please switch all mobile phones to silent mode.
- Archival material is highly-fragile and needs to be handled with extreme care. To help minimise any damage, original documents must remain on the desk and be kept separate from users’ notes.
- Documents must not be marked, rearranged, removed from their covers, or taken out of the Resource Centre.
- Please return all materials in the proper sequence to their original boxes and do not mix records from different boxes.
- Please use the gloves, masks, pencils and writing paper provided by Resource Centre staff. Ink, marker pens and Post-It notes may not be used as they can damage the records.
- Photography, videography and reproduction of materials in the Resource Centre is strictly prohibited. Please seek the assistance of Resource Centre staff regarding any reproduction of materials.
- Users must comply with existing Singapore legislation governing copyright, electronic content and use of materials. Users are responsible for obtaining the permission of copyright owners where required by law. Users are liable for any copies they make which infringe copyright, intellectual property or other proprietary rights.
- Proper citation of sources is required in any publication resulting from research at the Resource Centre.
- Users must provide the Resource Centre with a complimentary copyof any research paper or publication resulting from the use of the Resource Centre. This may be added to the Resource Centre collection and made accessible to other researchers.
- What is the Resource Centre?
- Where is the Resource Centre located?
- What are the Resource Centre’s operating hours?
- Can I borrow books from the Resource Centre Library? Can I apply for library membership?
- Can I use my laptop in the library?
- What can I find in the Resource Centre collection?
- I am conducting research into Southeast Asian art history. How can I gain access to the research materials at the Resource Centre?
- Where can I find out more about the Resource Centre collection?
What is the Resource Centre?
The Resource Centre (RC) houses the Gallery’s collection of reference materials and historical archives.
A resource for curators and art historians, it also provides a platform for the development of curatorial programming and academic projects.
It comprises the Resource Centre Library and the Prints & Drawing Room, which offers access to rare archival materials and a study room for special research projects.
Where is the Resource Centre located?
The Resource Centre Library is located at Level 4M, of the Supreme Court Wing, beside the Glass Hall and near the Supreme Court Terrace.
The Prints & Drawing Room is located at Level 3M of the Supreme Court Wing.
What are the Resource Centre’s operating hours?
The Resource Centre Library is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm. It is closed on public holidays and will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve (24 Dec), New Year’s Eve (31 Dec), and the eve of Chinese New Year if they fall on a working day.
The Prints & Drawing Room can only be accessed by appointment only.
To make an appointment, please email Resource.Centre@nationalgallery.sg at least 1 day before your visit.
Can I borrow books from the Resource Centre Library? Can I apply for library membership?
The Resource Centre Library is currently unable to loan out books and does not offer library membership. However visitors may use a limited copying service.
For special requests/inquiries please contact us at Resource.Centre@nationalgallery.sg
Can I use my laptop in the library?
Yes, visitors are allowed to use their laptops in the library and can access the internet on the Guest network.
What can I find in the Resource Centre collection?
The Resource Centre collection consists of:
Resource Centre Library (Located at the Supreme Court Wing, Level 4M)
- Books on art history and theory, artist monographs, exhibition catalogues and audio-visual materials, with a particular focus on Southeast Asian modern art.
Prints & Drawings Room (Located at the Supreme Court Wing, Level 3M)
- Art periodicals, journals and magazines
- Rare books and publications on Southeast Asian art
- Archival material relating to artists from Singapore and Southeast Asia, including artists’ photographs, videos, documents, sketches, memorabilia and ephemera.
I am conducting research into Southeast Asian art history. How can I gain access to the research materials at the Resource Centre?
The Resource Centre offers researchers access to archival materials in the Prints and Drawing Room. However this is by appointment only.
To make an appointment, please download this form and email to Resource.Centre@nationalgallery.sg at least two weeks beforehand and include an official letter from a related institution indicating the purpose of your research.
Researchers are allowed to use the Prints & Drawing room to work with the archival materials with the assistance of Resource Centre officers.
This includes using the listening/viewing stations for audio-visual materials and making reproductions from our digital archive, subject to the copyright law and restrictions set by copyright owner.
These terms and conditions apply to research projects that are strictly educational, academic and for non-commercial purposes.
For commercial projects, please email Resource.Centre@nationalgallery.sg to consult our Resource Centre officers.
Where can I find out more about the Resource Centre collection?
To learn more about our collection, please visit the Resource Centre’s online database. Here, you can browse our reference collection catalogue and digital archives.