Research & Queries - The National Library of Jamaica

Research & Queries

The Library offers reference service only. Three reading rooms are provided for public inspection of materials – the General Reading Room, the Rare Books Reading Room and the Special Collections Reading Room. They are open to the public as follows:

Monday to Thursday — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

        Friday                —  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Card catalogues are maintained for all collections. The computerized catalogue of books and pamphlets (WorldCat) is available on-line in the library. There is also a computerized database of the Estate and Cadastral Maps and a card catalogue of the general Map collection.

Regulations for using the collections include the following:

  • Only pencils may be used for taking notes
  • No files or folders or books are allowed in the reading rooms
  • Only three items at a time are allowed to users
  • Gloves, which will be provided, must be used when handling materials such as prints and photographs.