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"The National Library's Rare Materials Collection offers a rare glimpse into the earliest days of Singapore's history"

High above Singapore's Central Business District, there is a secret room. With virtual anonymity it stands over the heads of the unsuspecting public below, preoccupied as they pound up and down the busy streets. I scan a bustling Victoria Street but none of the office workers who race past the futuristic National Library building look up. Why should they? How could they possibly know about the cultural and historical treasures assembled just beyond their reach? Be in no doubt, however, the Rare Materials Collection on the 13th floor of the sprawling library complex provides a far greater public service than any accessible exhibition ever could. To begin with, it gives the country and its residents a tunnel to the past - all the way back to the dawn of this modern nation. And together, these books, maps, newspapers, letters and documents are the chapters which make up the g...

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