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New Providence Public Libraries

Carmichael Public Library

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History

The Carmichael Road Public Library was built in the heart of the constituency to further the Government’s policy to continue the expansion of community libraries, and to provide study spaces for seekers of information. This library was completed in April 1999 although the official opening was not held until July 26th, 2001. Ms. Roslyn Thompson, a former A. F. Adderley teacher was released to the library in March 1999 to act in the capacity of supervisor. She has since retired and Ms Maud Evans is now the library Supervisor.

Ms. June Hutchinson became the first person to take out membership in the library on September 28th, 2001, just two months following the official opening in July.

The library’s mission is to provide access to accurate information that meets patron’s educational, social and cultural needs, and to ensure quality service in a safe, clean environment.

Location and Directions

On Carmichael Road in the Government Complex with the Post Office, opposite the Flamingo Gardens Clinic.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Each first and third Saturday in the month 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Library Statistics

Sample of Carmichael Road Public Library Book Circulation

Non-fiction Total Book Circulation
  • Adult – 1315
  • Juvenile – 1045
Fiction
  • Adult – 1847
  • Juvenile – 1521

The Carmihael Road Public Library has less than six thousand books available for lending.

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THE READER

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Master Don King is reading an excerp from “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe.

LIBRARY JINGLE

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Library Jingle created during Carmichael Road Library student Programme.

Membership

  • Membership includes adults, government and private school children as well as some home schooled children.
  • More than 1500 members.
  • School children are not charged a membership fee.

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Quiet study
  • Book loans
  • Internet services
  • Use of computer
  • Word processing
  • Photocopies
  • Instruction

Staff

  • Ms. Maud Evans – Library Supervisor
  • Ms Mara Bethel – Librarian
  • Ms. Villadale Bain, School Teacher Administratively posted
  • Mrs. Joy Armbrister – Library Assistant
  • Ms. Melinda Black – Library Assistant
  • Ms. Annthonya Stubbs –General Service worker
  • Ms. Denise Hanna – Security Assistant
  • Ms. Enid Seymour –Security Assistant
  • Ms. Marsha Neymour- Custodian

Other Departments

Library Contacts

National Library & Information Services (NLIS)

Libraries began in The Bahamas since the early 19th century. The call for libraries came as early as 1804, as populations increased following the Loyalists influx of the 1800s. The first libraries in existence today were started over one hundred fifty (150) years. The Nassau Public Library was established in 1837 and its Act was passed in 1847(See the the link Nassau Public Library). National Library and Information Services was established in the late 20th century. On March 10th 2009, the new National Library and Information Services Authority Act was passed merging the older board operated libraries in New Providence and those on the Family Islands into one National Library Services System.

National Library and Information Services main aim is to unite over 60 branches libraries in New Providence and the Family Islands into one modern, automated system, offering quality, standardised services in all islands.

GENERAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To increase outreach programmes for users of various ages and background;
  • To promote educational programmes in local communities;
  • To provide up-to-date information by utilizing current technology; and
  • To make information easily accessible to all persons living in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

ACHIEVEMENTS

Establishment of eleven (11) branch libraries in New Providence
Two (2) of the new libraries offer extended evening hours and they are open on Saturday. The first four Public Libraries have continuously offered extended hours and services on Saturdays.

  • Career Path for library personnel
  • Beginning of automation in public libraries
  • Increased training of library personnel
  • Internet service for users

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  1. To increase services at the new National Library and Information Services building (Headquarters for Libraries) , College Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas;
  2. To produce education Community Library radio programmes via Bahamas Library Service Infolight 90. 1FM radio station;
  3. To implement standards and procedures by which libraries operate to provide effective and efficient services for all;
  4. To complete a union catalogue of Bahamian public libraries holdings and national bibliography and indexes;
  5. To foster writing of Bahamian Literature by authors with an interest in the oral tradition in order to preserve our culture;
  6. To increase library services through the NLIS Central Administration, Bahamas Library Service Info-Ref Centre, branch libraries and reading centres;
  7. To provide effective supervision of Branch Libraries;
  8. To provide training in library and information competencies for staff;
  9. To provide increase training in library and information competencies for library cadets and the Information Literacy Club membership;
  10. To provide quality resources and services for communities;
  11. To provide Story Hour and Outreach programmes for all in the community through procurement

Location and Directions:

#9 College Ave.

Hours of Operation: 

Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Library Statistics

Non-fiction Total Book Circulation
Fiction

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Membership

  • Membership includes adults, government and private school children as well as some home schooled children.
  • School children are not charged a membership fee.

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Quiet study
  • Book loans
  • Internet services
  • Use of computer
  • Word processing
  • Photocopies
  • Instruction

Staff

  • Dorcas Bowler- Director of Libraries
  • Madge Smith- Senior Executive Secretary
  • Deraine Pratt- Chief Executive Officer- Materials Management
  • Cheryl Hanna- Custodian

History

The Wulff Road Public Library was built in 1988 and served as the temporary center for The Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE), before opening to the public in 1994. It is one of the largest libraries in the country and is used as the central processing library. Ms. Marsha Major is the supervisor.

Location and Directions

  • Wulff Road and Quintine Alley South.
  • Next to Stephen Dillet Primary School.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Library Statistics

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Membership

A membership fee is paid yearly as follows:

  • Adults – $5.00

Students

  • Grades six (6) to twelve (12) – $4.00
  • Kindergarten to grade five (5) – $3.50

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Quiet study
  • Book loans
  • Internet services
  • Photocopying
  • Telephone queries
  • Word processing services
  • Recreational reading

Staff

  • Ms. Marsha Major – Librarian
  • Mrs. Penelope Nottage- Librarian
  • Ms Lamara Major – Library Associate
  • Ms. Dayna Dames- Teacher, Administratively posted
  • Mrs. Enith Moss – Security Assistant
  • Ms. Shandiera Mackey- Custodian

Other Departments

Library Contacts

News and Events

Link to Library Website

History

The South Beach Community Library, the 10th public library established in New Providence was officially opened on Thursday 31st January 2002. The library opened its doors to the public on March 26th, 2002. This library falls under the administration of Bahamas Library Service, Ministry of Education, Nassau, The Bahamas.

The library was established to cater to the needs of a rapidly expanding business and residential community in the Southern district of the island. Its mission is to provide users with easy access to information and educational resources that meet the needs of a changing and diverse community.

This state-of-the-art facility spreads over 3,945.8 square feet. The main section is divided into three areas: Children’s Library, Adult Section, and Reference Section. In addition there is an audiovisual room (which also serves as a private study room, a meeting room and for Literacy tutoring), a technical service room, a supervisor’s office, a staff room and a Special Collection Room.

The Special Collection Room stores Bahamian and Caribbean books, government documents and publications and other local publications. The library also has a growing vertical file collection.

Books at the South Beach Community Library are organized under the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.

The Nassau Guardian – available daily.

The Tribune – available on Monday and Thursday

South Beach library started lending book loans on January 4th 2005.

Location and Directions

The South Beach Community Library is located on East Street South in the complexe that houses the South Beach Post Office, the South Beach Health Center, C.V. Bethel High School and the East Street Police Station.

Hours of Operation

September – June:

  • Monday to Thursday – 10:0 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Sunday.

July – August:

  • Monday to Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Sunday and holidays.

Library Statistics 2014-15

  • Volumes in collection: 1952
  • Public computer workstations: 19

LIBRARY USAGE

YEAR 2014-15
Patron visits 24,427
Use of Computer 13,202

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Membership

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Services

The library provides access to:

  • Quiet study
  • Book loans
  • Spiral book binding
  • Reference materials, including newspapers
  • Research via Internet (Internet server provided via broadband connection by Cable Bahamas)
  • Use of computer
  • Photocopying
  • Local facsimile
  • Recreational reading
  • Telephone queries

Staff

  • Mrs. Margaret Pintard – Library Supervisor
  • Ms. Darnell Lightbourne-Library Clerk
  • Ms. Valza Hall – Library Clerk
  • Mrs. Donna Rahming, Security Assistant
  • Ms. Elizabeth Gordon, Security Assistant

Other Departments

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Library Contacts

News and Events

History

Nassau Public Library is uniquely housed in one of the oldest, and only octagonal historic building in The Bahamas. The edifice was originally completed between 1798 – 1800, as the first ‘gaol’ and correctional work house by Mr. Joseph Eve, a loyalist. Conveniently located near downtown Nassau at Bank Lane and Shirley Street, (Parliament Square), this towering frame stands four stories high with all the original ‘native stones’. It comprises a basement being the ‘dungeon’, the two middle floors being – the main library – museum – reading rooms, and the upper floor also known as ‘the Board Room.’ The outer section of this room is surrounded by a picturesque ‘Veranda’ that has a breath taking view of the city of Nassau.

In 1873 when a new prison was built, the building in downtown Nassau which once housed prisoners was converted and became home to the Nassau Public Library. The original cells that once housed prisoners, are today peaceful, well lit and well ventilated alcoves lined with modern bookshelves and their contents.

The Nassau Public Library today remains a historical and reference library housing Bahamian history from Colonial times to the present. The lower floor contains the Children’s Department and adult fiction and paperback novels along with computers for public use. The upper floor contains non-fiction and reference books. There is also a display of Bahamian artifacts and books. The level above the second floor that was once thought to be the General’s Office now functions as an attic where old artifacts are kept. On the outside is the balcony where a picturesque scene of the surrounding neighborhood can be viewed.

Since its conversion in 1873 from a hectic prison environment to that of a tranquil place of study, the library has seen an extensive increase in a variety of services, numerous technological advancements, vast expansion in study material, and many added special features all fully accessible to the general public.

Over the years, the library has operated under the Nassau Library rules 1961. It is governed by an annually appointed Board of Trustees, four (4) of whom are nominated by the Governor General and three (3) others are elected by the subscribers. However, in March 2009 the rules were amended and updated by the Bahamas Parliament in a new National Library and Information Services Authority Act.

Today, The Nassau Public Library, headed by Mrs. Winifred Murphy, along with a friendly helpful staff is very important to the island of New Providence. It functions as a Bahamian and International resource centre to many primary and high school and tertiary level students, and caters to more than 5,000 subscribers, who are attracted to its diverse collection of novels and other reading materials.

Other Departments

Staff

  • Mrs. Winnifred Murphy – Library Supervisor
  • Ms. Halcie Scavella – Library Assistant
  • Ms. Tammi Wood – Library Assistant
  • Ms. Jeffricka Bannister – Library Assistant
  • Ms. Deborah Russell – Custodian

Library Contacts

News and Events

History

The Lillian G. Weir-Coakley Public Library

Formally called the Grant’s Town/Southern Public Library, it was opened in 1951. It was due to the lobby of now deceased distinguished gentlemen, Mr. Bert Cambridge and Dr. Claudius Walker (Both Members of Parliament), that this library was opened to meet the reading demand of the Negro populace of the community. Its predecessor, the Grant’s Town Library, opened in 1930, had been destroyed by rioters and set on fire during the 1942 Burma Road Riots.

Mrs. Ruth Russell became the librarian when its doors opened for the first time in 1951. Following Mrs. Russell’s retirement in 1955, Mrs. Lillian G. Weir-Coakley became the librarian. Although Mrs. Coakley had no formal training in librarianship, she worked assiduously for more than thirty-seven (37) years to provide library services to the people of the community. Following Mrs. Coakley’s retirement in 1992 and passing in 2002, the library was named in her honour on July 1, 2004. Replacing Mrs. Coakley was Mr. Jerome Agboyi, who became the librarian until he moved on in 2011.

Synonymous with the Lillian G. Weir-Coakley Library was Dr. Cleveland Eneas who served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1950 until his death in 1995. To honour his contribution to the development of the library, a bust was commissioned in his likeness on January 14, 2000 and is displayed in the lobby of the library.

Irregular and uncertain Government grants paid a toll on the range of the library services available to the public and  membership dropped over the years. Nevertheless, it is envisioned that programs and activities would be reintroduced in the near future.

Location and Directions

  • Blue Hill Road.
  • Between the Blue Hill Road Clinic and C.R. Walker Senior High School.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Library Statistics

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Membership

A membership fee is paid yearly as follows:

  • Adults – $5.00

Students

  • Grades six (6) to twelve (12) – Free Student Card (Privelege Card)
  • Grades one (1) to five (5) – $2.50

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Quiet study
  • Book loans
  • Internet services
  • Photocopying
  • Recreational reading

Staff

  • Ms. Genesta Stuart – Library Supervisor
  • Ms. Flora Fernander – Library Clerk
  • Ms. Shonley Cartwright – Library Clerk
  • Mrs. Vernita King – Security Officer
  • Ms. Christine Lundy – Custodian
  • Mr. Aiden Nairn – Pt-time Security Officer

Other Departments

Library Contacts

News and Events

History

Kemp Road Public Library

Situated in the northwest corner of the Uriah McPhee Primary School grounds on Kemp Road, the Kemp Road Public Library building was first used as housing for the caretaker of the school, however it was misused.  Refurbished in 1994 the library officially opened on August 7th, 1998. 

In 1994 Mrs. Sylvia Scriven (MP) saw that site as an ideal location for a focal point that would draw the community together, and on her initiative and drive, the Ministry of Public Works was designated to design the building.  Patterned after the historic Nassau Public Library, by the end of 1995, the building was completed.  Its octagonal shaped gallery, interior staircase and balcony recapturing the grace of a past era.  It currently sits amidst flowering Poinciana and Oleander trees blending in with the Uriah McPhee Primary School building, inviting the community to refresh and inform their minds within its walls. 

The library’s first event was a Summer Workshop, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, conducted for students on the theme: “Summertime Dreamer-Ethnic Stories.” This activity, which was held from the 27th July to 7th August 1998, was attended not only by the community’s children but also by children from other parts of Nassau. It is hoped that the community will utilize the library to the maximum and revive some of the old spirit of the Kemp Road Community.

Location and Directions

  • Kemp Road.
  • In the northwest corner of the Uriah McPhee Primary School grounds.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Library Statistics

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Membership

A membership fee is paid yearly as follows:

  • Adults – $5.00
Students
  • Grades three (3) to six (6) – $3.00
  • Grades seven (7) to twelve (12) – $5.00

*Only patrons with current membership status are allowed borrowing priveleges.

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Book loans and other library materials.
  • Afterschool activities: Assistance with homework, puzzles, games, reading and storytelling.
  • Reference materials, including newspapers.
  • Internet services (Searches are done by the Librarian).
  • Photocopying.
  • Quiet study.

Staff

  • Ms. Margo Pinder – Library Supervisor
  • Ms. Shavon Newchurch – General Service Worker
  • Mrs. Deborah Williams-Butler – Custodian

Other Departments

Library Contacts

  • Telephone number: (242) 393-1541/1546
  • Fax number: (242) 393-1532

News and Events

G K Symonette Library

History

The G.K. Symonette Library was constructed in 1986 and opened to the public on December 11 1987.  It was named after the mother of the then Member of Parliament for Yellow Elder, Clement T. Maynard.  Georgiana Kathleen Symonette played a major part in the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, which advocated for the rights of women to vote in the Bahamas.  The Library sits in the Yellow Elder Community on Graham Drive and was established from private funding and from the efforts of the residents of Yellow Elder lead by Sir Clement Maynard, the Member of Parliament.

G.K. Symonette Public Library caters to the needs of those in the surrounding community and beyond.  It provides access to the Internet and has became a place of study for students at area schools.

GK Symonette is continuing in its quest to cater to the needs of all that enter its doors, providing information and resources that is accurate, readily accessible and informative, going beyond the call in shaping and moulding the minds of our future leaders.

Location and Directions

  • Yellow Elder
  • Next to C. W. Sawyer Primary School.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Library Statistics

The library has a collection of approximately 5,000 print materials. The collection has grown from donations and purchase of materials.

Eleven computers are avialable for public use-three of these donated by Sir Clement Maynard.

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Membership

A membership fee is paid yearly as follows:

  • Adults – $6.00

Students

  • Kindergarten to grade five (5) – $2.00
  • Grades six (6) to twelve (12) – $4.00

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Book loans
  • Photocopies
  • Internet services
  • Research materials, including newspapers
  • Quiet study
  • Recreational reading
  • Bahamian vertical file collection

Staff

  • Ms. Linda Dames – Library Supervisor
  • Ms. Melinda Major – General Service Worker
  • Mrs. Charisse Mortimer – Security Assistant
  • Mrs. Yolanda Ferguson, Chief Clerk
  • Ms. Eulease Rolle – Custodian

Other Departments

Library Contacts

News and Events

Fox Hill Public Library

History

The Fox Hill Library is located Bernard Road in the eastern district of New Providence. Mrs. Audrey Leigh headed the Fox Hill Public Library until 1975. Ms. Marina Minnis assumed the responsibility afterwards.

Location and Directions

  • Bernard Road. In the same yard as Sandiland’s Primary School, above Fox Hill Post Office.

Hours of Operation

September – June:

  • Monday to Thursday – 10:0 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Sunday.

July – August:

  • Monday to Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Sunday and holidays.

Library Statistics

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Membership

  • Membership is free of charge.

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Book loans
  • Photocopying
  • Internet services
  • Reference materials, including newspapers
  • Quiet study
  • Recreational reading

Staff

  • Ms. Marina Minnis – Library Supervisor
  • Ms. Cassia Brown – Library Clerk
  • Ms. Eloise Styles – Library Attendant
  • Ms. Tammy Brown – Custodian

Other Departments

Library Contacts

News and Events

Elizabeth Estates Library

Link to Library Website

History

The Elizabeth Estates Library is one of three libraries built in 1999 when the Government decided to upgrade the library system. This edifice for life long learning has a contemporary design with a children’s section and facilities for the networking of computers and Internet access. It stands as a focal point for the local community within an area that houses the local police station, post office and clinic.

Since it opened its doors to the public in July 2003, this library has served as a popular source of information for young people and adults of the Elizabeth Estates and surrounding communities.

This library has become an intergenerational community center where families are flourishing though the utilization of books and services provided.

Location and Directions

  • Elizabeth Estates.
  • It is located in the same compound as the Police Station and the Post Office.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Library Statistics

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Membership

  • A membership fee is paid yearly as follows:
  • Adults – $5.00

Students

  • Grades one (1) to six (6) – $2.50
  • Grades seven (7) to twelve (12) – $4.00

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Quiet study
  • Book loans
  • Reference materials, including newspapers
  • Research materials
  • Internet services
  • Use of computer
  • Photocopying
  • Recreational reading

Staff

  • Dr, Ivy Campbell-Library Supervisor
  • Ms Rehesar Smith- Francis– Assistant Registry Supervisor
  • Ms. Allison Hall – Library Assistant
  • Ms.Patricia Burrows- Clerk
  • Ms. Adalee Jones- General Service Worker
  • Ms. Jennis Taylor- Teacher, Administratively posted
  • Ms. Diana Sands- Library Assistant
  • Ms. Lewis- Security Assistant
  • Mr. Kevin Seymour- Custodian

Other Departments

Library Contacts

Telephone number: (242) 364-0105/6

Fax number: (242) 364-0104

News and Events

History

Opened in 1953, the Eastern Public Library is situated above the old Public Records office in the old Post Office building on Mackey Street.  In its early years, Ms. Carmen Jones was the librarian; she assumed this role until her death in 1979.

Over the years, the library has progressed into one of the most patronized libraries in New Providence.  This may be due to the fact that the Bahamas Archives is on the same compound and its strategic location near to the town centre.  The Eastern Public Library has gone through some restoration to keep up with the wear and tear of reported tornados, the rainy season and many hurricanes.

Synonymous with the Eastern Public Library are Cabinet Minister Bradley Roberts, who has been Chairman from 1979 and Ms. Miriam Knowles who worked in the library from 1960 until 1996.  Mrs. Norma Gordon-Butler serves as the library supervisor today.

Location and Directions

  • Mackey Street just north of Shirley Street.
  • Above the old Public Records office in the old Post Office building.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed on Sunday.

Library Statistics

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Membership

  • Children are charged a yearly fee of id=”mce_marker”.00.
  • Adults are charged $2.00 every three months.

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Use of computer
  • Research tools
  • Book loans
  • Telephone queries
  • Quiet study/Reading Room
  • Photocopying
  • Recreational reading

Staff

  • Mrs. Norma Gordon-Butler – Library Supervisor
  • Mrs. Janet Adderley-Adamson – Senior Library Assistant
  • Ms. Ursula Gibson – Library Attendant
  • Ms. Remona Smith-Noel – Library Attendant
  • Ms. Patrice Nimmo – Library Attendant
  • Mrs. Gabriel Rolle- Custodian

Other Departments

Library Contacts

Telephone number: (242) 393-2196

History

The Coconut Grove Library was founded in 1971. It started in the home of Ms. Helen Hutcheson, who lived in the community. At that time, children in the vicinity came and sat in her home to read. When Mr. Edmund Moxey, the Member of Parliament at the time, heard about it, he encouraged Ms. Hutcheson to share her books with not only a few persons, but the whole community.

The library was officially opened in January 1974. Books were purchased locally and from the Gumdrop Company. Some were also donated from the public. This was a luminous idea for the development of inner city residents.

Long time library supervisor Mrs. Cynthia Sargent retired in April 2017. Ms Darnell Lightbourn is presently in charge of the library.

Location and Directions

  • Coconut Grove.
  • Acklins Street in the community building.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p. m.
  • Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Library Statistics

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Membership

A membership fee is paid yearly as follows:

  • Adults – $5.00
  • Students – $3.00

Services

Users have access to the following:

  • Book loans
  • Internet services (library staff conducts the Internet searches)
  • Photocopying
  • Quiet study

Staff

  • Ms. Darnell Lightbourn – Library Supervisor
  • Ms. Raquel Deveaux – Library Assistant
  • Ms. Adalee Jones – Library Assistant
  • Ms. Marina Moultrie-Farrington – Custodian

Other Departments

Library Contacts