Eastern Public Library



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

Picture Gallery


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


Users have access to the following:

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


  • Mrs. Winifred Murphy – Actg. 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

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Library Contacts

Telephone number: (242) 393-2196