Guyana National Library, Georgetown

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Guyana National Library allows you to enrich your knowledge with an abundance of books, historical documents, manuscripts, and phonograph recordings. Founded in 1909, this institution serves as a public lending library and encourages book lovers to nurture their various interests. Initially, a large iron grille stood between readers and the books. Written requests had to be passed to the librarian through a small window. Today, you can access the library's written material easily and quickly. To visit Guyana National Library and other attractions in Georgetown, use our Georgetown road trip planning site.
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  • On one of my walks through the center of Georgetown, I also passed by the National Library in the corner of Church and Main street, opposite the modern Bank of Guyana building. I had a closer look at....  more
    On one of my walks through the center of Georgetown, I also passed by the National Library in the corner of Church and Main street, opposite the modern Bank of Guyana building. I had a closer look at....  more »
  • I went to the library as part of the playgroup that my son attends, although he was too young for the actual trip. The building is very large with a wide selection of books. We went with nine young... 
    I went to the library as part of the playgroup that my son attends, although he was too young for the actual trip. The building is very large with a wide selection of books. We went with nine young...  more »
  • National library is an experience of a traditional library. The staff were helpful and keen to assist. The library itself is not huge and the range of books limited. We paid for photocopying of... 
    National library is an experience of a traditional library. The staff were helpful and keen to assist. The library itself is not huge and the range of books limited. We paid for photocopying of...  more »
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  • I had plenty of good memories at the library got in trouble a lot here too! I used to spend my afternoon here with friends from school. I used to go to Sacred Hearts Primary School before it burned down on Christmas a long time ago. I think was the best place to spend my time as a child k hope other children benefit from it and doing reading circles. I’ll never forget! Please take care of it!
  • Very nice library with lots of great history. Would be excellent if it received more funding to digitize the artifacts. A lot of Guyana’s history will be lost as the paperworks deteriorate.
  • A cool quiet place in a historic building. I spent time upstairs in looking at their newspaper collection. Bring your mask. Lockers available downstairs for your bag.
  • The library is a quiet place to study and find books of your choice. It also allows the citizens to connect to a government wifi. It have friendly staffs and it's a pretty interesting place to be.
  • My mother began taking us there in the early 1980s when she did overtime at the Public Hospital Georgetown. I remembered reading some good children books there : Sweet pickles...e.g. I also had library cards to borrow 2 books for 2 weeks only. Additionally , as we began attending high school we had to use the library more often .Sometimes after school hours going as late as 6pm. Cannot remember why I stopped going there though.I remember a few ocassions, after I exited high school : security guards from COPS were there .I had some bad and loud language from them. I enjoyed going upstairs to use the reference section during those days , sitting alongside some very bespectacled , grave locals . Sure missed those days. Recently, I was doing some book - binding there and I was waiting( up there) at the entrance of the very same reading department. I decided to enter and sit as I seemed to be on some sort of waiting list. To my dismay the staff around suddenly became offensive and repulsive. When I curiously peeped in : at the reading desks, therein , I saw a handsome, blonde foreigner sitting proudly there. He had the whole section to himself ; sitting there all alone and enjoying the sanctity of the Public Service ethos . My...My...things have changed. Yes ? They now have internet service where the adult reference library was upstairs , nearby that old reading spot . They have had a big archive of old newspapers therein too . Photocopy , printing Services..... Now they have a big auditorium that can be rented for a reasonable price for : lectures...seminars ...workshops....meetings.. I went to that auditorium a few times since. The Hindus had exhibitions there. . I think this library was inherited from the British.A beautiful serene building with a scholarly electron atmosphere.

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