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The Dominica Library and Information Service (DLIS) is the main arm of the public sector responsible for information service delivery and the management, coordination and development of library services within the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Under the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development that Service provides to the information needs for the entire population through three major components: Public Library Services, Documentation and Research Services and Archival Services.

DLIS responsibilities and functions are built upon a foundation of library service that stretches as far back as 1843, with the establishment of Reading rooms and more formally with the opening of the first library on island "Victoria Memorial on April 4, 1902". Public library services remained the basis for library and information provision for some time with the expanding of services through the establishment of branch libraries, mobile library services and administering and supporting library services in schools throughout Dominica.

The Service expanded in the 1990's to include special and sectoral libraries, with the establishment of the National Documentation Centre. That service employed information systems in the management and provision of information with co-ordinated approaches to ensure the availability of information generated within Dominica and accessibility to information generated outside the country. In 2001 the DLIS further enhanced service provision with the addition of archival services focus on educating the population regarding the importance of the nation's documentary and historical heritage and provision of access to material within the archival collection.

Presently our Service focusses on information dissemination, creating and strengthen reading habits in children from an early age, promoting awareness of our documentary heritage and facilitating the development of information and computer literacy skills, with programmes and activities geared towards these goals.

As the DLIS strives to contribute to economic, social and sustainable development, in addition to providing library and information services, it participates in and offers to groups and individuals several outreach programmes which help to support the education process, facilitate empowerment, foster creativity and imagination, capacity building and social awareness.

DLIS Functions

  • To manage and or support libraries island-wide
  • To coordinate library development in Dominica
  • To ensure the availability of credible information resources
  • To promote reading as an essential pillar for literacy and educational development
  • To promote/facilitate the effective and ethical use and application of information
  • To preserve Dominica's historical and heritage documents and related materials
  • To collect all material written by Dominican's and about Dominica
  • To ensure availability of information generated within Dominica and accessibility to information generated outside the country
  • To contribute towards efforts at public awareness and collective responsibility


To select, acquire, organize, preserve and make available material in print and electronic formats to serve the recreational, informational, and educational needs of the community, and to encourage people to develop an appreciation for reading and learning.

Service Points

  • Roseau Pubic Library
  • Portsmouth Library
  • Grand Bay Branch Library
  • Marigot Branch Library
  • Mobile Library (North)
  • The National Documentation Centre and
  • The National Archives Unit

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