Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tobago Library Services (TLS)

SERVICES

The Tobago Library Services provides a host of activities which target the unique leisure and information needs of children, young adults, adults, senior citizens and the visually impaired.

Children – Ages 0-12

  • Weekly Storytelling
  • Chess
  • Funtime on Saturdays
  • Posters
  • Displays
  • School Tours
  • Reading Challenge
  • Author Visits
  • Reader’s Advisory
  • Open Mic

Young Adults – Ages 13-17

  • Book Club
  • Games
  • Computer Literacy
  • Craft
  • Basic Literacy
  • Reading Challenge
  • Laptop Loans

Adults

  • Computer Literacy
  • Craft
  • Lectures
  • Book Club
  • Laptop Loans

Senior Citizens

  • Computer Literacy
  • Scrabble
  • Chess

Services for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP)

A space fully equipped with audio books, braille embossers, screen magnification and JAWS.

Other Services

  • Wired and Wireless Internet Access
  • Computer Use
  • Photocopying and Printing



PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Scarborough Library Facility
Garden Side Street, Scarborough. 

Tel: 639-3635, 3593

635-2256

Fax: 639-2256

Business Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8.00 am to 4.15 pm
Friday: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

Library Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday: 8.30 am to 2.00 pm

Roxborough Library
24A Bloody Bay Road,
Roxborough. 

Tel / Fax: 660-4403

Library Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00a.m to 5:00p.m

COLLECTION

The Tobago Library Services has a collection of over one hundred and ten thousand (110,000) items which include: books, DVDs and audio books on CDs. This collection also includes a wide range of magazines and other periodicals.

The West Indian collection is housed in the Susan Craig James Heritage Library. Items in this collection are written by West Indian authors or about the West Indies. Prominent and unique in this collection is the Tobago collection which consists of items written by Tobagonians and about Tobago.

SPACES

Pristine and fully equipped spaces that are available at the Scarborough Library Facility include:

  • Ann Mitchell-Gift Auditorium
  • Seminar Rooms
  • Audiovisual Room
  • Meeting Room
  • Activity Centre

These spaces can be used to host events such as workshops, seminars, conferences, graduations and meetings. All spaces, except the auditorium, are available free of charge. Charges are waived based on the nature of the event and the organisation using the auditorium. Seminar rooms, audiovisual room, meeting room and activity centre are only available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The auditorium is available for use outside of opening hours, on weekends and holidays.

The Arthur Moore Auditorium at the Charlotteville Branch Library is also available for use. There is no cost attached for the use of this auditorium.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL LIBRARY UNIT

The Tobago Library Services, School Library Unit is responsible for the management of the delivery of library services in primary and secondary schools in Tobago. The Unit, which was established in February 2016, is headed by a trained librarian whose role is to provide professional and technical support to Library Assistants and On-the-Job Trainees (OJTs) assigned to primary and secondary school libraries.

The key role of the School Library Unit is to provide support to the school libraries / School Library Media Centres. To this end, the Unit supplies all secondary schools and eight (8) primary schools with library resources. It also trains staff and maintains the provision of a library management system for the cataloguing and processing of library materials.

ABOUT THE TOBAGO ARCHIVES

The Tobago Archives is a repository for the documentary heritage of Tobago. The early Tobago Archives was a small unit under the supervision of the Tobago Central Library in the 1950s. The archival collection continued to be maintained and remained accessible at the Tobago Central Library until the 1997 earthquake which severely damaged the building. For twenty-two (22) years, the Tobago Archives was inaccessible to the public. After the opening of the Scarborough Library Facility in 2015, two (2) spaces were designated for the storage of archival records and the delivery of research-related services to the public. The Tobago Archives was formally reopened on 26th June 2019 and is managed by a trained archivist.