The South Beach Public Library was the 10th public library established in New Providence. It was officially opened on Thursday 31st January 2002 by the Prime Minister; the Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham. The library opened its doors to the public on March 26th, 2002. This library falls under the administration of National Library and Information Services, Ministry of Education.
The library was established to cater to the needs of a rapidly expanding business and residential community in the Southern district of the island.
To provide users with easy access to information and educational resources that meets the needs of a changing and diverse community.
This state of the art facility spans over 3,945.8 square feet. The main section is divided into three subsections: Reference Section, Adult Section, and Children’s Library. In addition there is a Special Collections Room; an Audio/ Visual Room (which also serve as a private study room, a meeting room or a room for Literacy tutoring); a Technical Service Room; a Supervisor’s Office and a Staff Room.
The library’s collection of more than 12,000 items for children, teens and adults consist of printed books, government publications, audio books, movies (DVD’s), CD’s, magazines and newspaper.
Books at the South Beach Public Library are organized under the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system.
The Special Collections, a closed- access area of the library (This means that only library personnel may remove materials from the shelves) provides for storage of Bahamian and Caribbean books, Bahamas government documents and publications and other local publications.
South Beach Public Library vertical file contains articles, pamphlets and newspaper clippings.
The Nassau Guardian – available daily.