Welcome to South Beach Public Library

History

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.

Mission

To provide users with easy access to information and educational resources that meets the needs of a changing and diverse community.

Facility

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.

Collection

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

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.

  • Patrons must request materials by using Special Collections Request Forms.
  • Patrons may use only two items from the Special Collections at a time.

Vertical File Collection

South Beach Public Library vertical file contains articles, pamphlets and newspaper clippings.

Audio/Visual Collection

  • South Beach Public Library has a small collection of audio/visual software (e.g. DVD’s, Audio book, CD-ROMs). Items in the audio/visual collection cannot be borrowed.
  • Audio/visual software may be used in the Audio/visual Room on a first come, first served basis.
  • The Audio/visual Room may also be booked in advance at the Circulation desk.

Newspaper

The Nassau Guardian – available daily.

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