Welcome to
Public Library Service

The Public Library was established on 11th October, 1813 by Governor Col. Mark Wilkes for the dissemination of information and mass enlightenment of the people.  The Library is said to be the oldest in the  Southern hemisphere.   The first record of an Island Library was dated back as far as 1781 – 1783.

Today, the Library plays a key role in the community and attracts many visitors here and overseas.

We currently stock over £16,000 books of various genres to educate, encourage and emphasise the importance of reading.


Meet our Team
Jill Young
Librarian jill.young@sainthelena.gov.sh
Ivy Williams-Newman
Assistant Librarian ivy.williams-newman@sainthelena.edu.sh
Number of Books
Adult Members
Junior Members