G K Symonette Library

G K Symonette Library


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 molding 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 available for public use-three of these donated by Sir Clement Maynard.

Picture Gallery


A membership fee is paid yearly as follows:

  • Adults – $6.00


  • Kindergarten to grade five (5) – no charge
  • Grades six (6) to twelve (12) – no charge


Users have access to the following:

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

Library Staff









Staff members:

  • Ms. Melinda Major – General Service Worker
  • Mrs. Sophia Smith – Technical Assistant
  • Mrs. Debbie Pyfrom – Security Assistant
  • Ms. Eulease Rolle – Custodian

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    News and Events

    The Library is now fully operational.