South Beach Public Library



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


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

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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


  • 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

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