Library Information

About the Library

The Science Library is a special library located within the Natural History Museum of Jamaica. It is mandated to stimulate an interest in science. The Science Library houses a reference collection of over 10,000 titles including rare publications, on Jamaica’s flora and fauna. There is also an audio-visual facility. The Library is open to the general public; the facilities are often used by visiting researchers, students of secondary and tertiary institutions and professional staff members of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica.



The Legislative Council in the early 19th century accumulated a collection of science books, particularly botanical books.

In 1879, when the Institute of Jamaica was established, the Legislative Council, reckoning the institution as the appropriate body for such holdings donated the collection to them. Since then, the library has grown with personal writings and contributions of the NHMJ research and scientific staff, as well as through the donations and select purchase of key biodiversity publications and is an integral part of the functions and activities of the NHMJ, being as it is one of the main information dissemination centres for the division.



The Science Library is an integral part of the functions and activities of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, being as it is one of the main information dissemination services for the division.

The main aims and objectives of the Science Library are:

    • Provide a wide array of resource materials on the natural history of Jamaica.
    • Provide scope to the biodiversity issues.
    • Maintain an effective and efficient collection of resource materials on the flora and fauna of Jamaica.
    • Reflect past and current areas of biodiversity research in its collection.

Location & Hours

You can visit us at:
10-16 East Street

The opening hours are: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Find our location and travelling directions at: and type in “The Institute of Jamaica” and click to enlarge the map for better viewing.


About Borrowing

For further information about the library and the collections, please contact the Librarian at or 1876-922-0622-6, extension 237 and 244.


Jobs @ the Library


Facilities Available

There are a number of facilities available for researchers:

  • An audiovisual area available to researchers, where they can gain access to internet services, scan document and pictures, photocopy vital information, as well view the DVDs and CD-ROMs in the collection.
  • A research/reading room for conducting research, doing assignments and for quiet study.

Library Services

In general, the services offered include:

  • Loans to staff
  • Inter-library loans
  • Reference
  • Referrals
  • Photocopying
  • Scanning
  • Internet/Computer access
  • Ask a Scientist: Botanist, Entomologist, and Zoologist.

Users of the Library

The Science Library’s facilities are primarily for the staff of the National History Division. However members of the public are allowed to visit for research and reference purposes. Thus, there are various categories of users who have specific needs of the services provided, or are referred from other libraries, are given access to information housed in the Science Library.

These categories of users are:

  • Tertiary research students from Jamaica and overseas
  • Professors/Lecturers from Jamaica and overseas
  • High schools students
  • Internal staff – Botanists, Entomologists, Zoologists, Educators, and others.