TCM Library


When STCMI moved in to the present Thong Chai building in 1976, there was a plan to set up a TCM Library. The objective of it is to promote TCM, to enhance professionalism in TCM treatment, to provide a reference source for our resident physicians, to facilitate TCM research for anyone interested in TCM.

During the initial stage, a donation of $100,000 from the Board of Directors of Ping Yi Secondary School accelerated the setup of the TCM Library. The board of STCMI named the TCM library as “Ping Yi School Memorial Hall” to commemorate the generosity and kindness of the school.
In 1978, nine committee members were selected by the STCMI Board to plan and direct the setting up of the TCM Library. The Chief Librarian of University of Singapore 陈秀锦女士 was invited to act as our consultant to provide library management solutions and book cataloguing. The library was officially opened by the Chairman, Datuk Sri Ng Quee Lam, on 19 Aug 1979.

TCM Library Organization

The Library Committee which is formed under the STCMI Board is responsible for the strategy, management and operations of the library. It is led by a Head of the Committee and assisted by a Deputy Head and several committee members. In addition, there is one librarian responsible for the daily operations of the library.


The TCM Library provides a wide range of detailed information for research and a platform for development.

Initially, the collection numbered 4,546 with about 30 periodicals. However, with the concerted efforts, strategy and leadership of the library Committees of every board, new books were constantly added and the total collection is now more than 20,000 with over 90 periodicals. The collection includes reference books, TCM magazines covering wide ranging topics including TCM treatment, medical care, health management, lifestyle, beauty and domestic hygiene.

Our collection includes rare books that are no longer in circulation and these are extremely valuable in providing a deep understanding of TCM. These books have been passed on from generation to generation and the knowledge it contains should rightly be appreciated and treasured.

Operating Hours

Mon – Fri 8.00am – 12.00pm, 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Sat 8.00am – 12.00pm
Sundays and Public Holidays Closed


Our library is one of the leading resources in TCM research and welcomes collaboration with local and overseas libraries to form a network for the sharing of information and collections.


Membership is open to all Singapore citizens and PRs, subject to the following charges:
One-year membership: S$10

Three-year membership: S$20

To apply for membership, please download the application form here, complete it and mail it back to the institution with a cheque issued to “Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution”.