30 Mar '18, 12pm

[Mothership] Manned by only four librarians, the 13th floor of the National Library is a mystery

[Mothership] Manned by only four librarians, the 13th floor of the National Library is a mystery

It’s 3 pm on a Friday, and I’m on my way to the 13th floor of the National Library. On most days, nobody stops on the 13th floor because it’s a restricted area. Beyond the “Authorised Personnel Only” signage, blinds are drawn behind the glass doors — shielding a mysterious collection of books, journals, manuscripts, maps and other ephemera from curious eyes. I was told that the oldest materials dated all the way back to the 15th century. This is the National Library’s Rare Materials Collection, where pieces of Singapore’s history are meticulously collected and preserved. “Rare” librarians Jessie, one of four “Rare” librarians on the 13th floor, has spent six months preparing for a display at the Rare Gallery . She has a master’s degree in Chinese Literature, but the display she puts together explores travel in Singapore in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Having loo...

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