Children's Library

The Children’s Library of the National Public Library, Archives & Documentation Services (NPLADS) provides a wide range of learning resources and recreational materials at varying levels of difficulty to meet the needs of all children. The library’s children collection serves children from infancy to 12 years of age. Patrons will be transferred to the Adult Lending Library at the age of 13.

Categories of users:

  • Children
  • Adult members

Requirements for use:

  • Persons desirous of borrowing books will be required to join the library.
  • Membership is not a requirement to use the material in the children’s library.

Available material in the Children’s Lending Library:

Tiny Tots Collection This section caters to children from birth to five years of age, as well as young people with reading and learning difficulties. It is colour coded with books divided in broad categories:

General Collection This section caters to children from six to twelve years old, and is separated into fiction and non-fiction sections. Juvenile Non-Fiction This section contains materials on general topics, filed numerically according to the subject (what the book is about) of the book. Juvenile Fiction These books are placed on the shelf in alphabetical order, according to the author’s last name. Some types of fiction books are:

  • Mysteries
  • Classics
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Graphic novels
  • Multimedia books

Sections of the Children’s Library

  • Open Reference – This contains encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and journals
  • Review and Exercise – this section contains textbooks for primary school use and other resources

Available programmes for children at the library

  • After school tutorial programme
  • HYPE: Helping Young People Excel programme for children ages 13 – 17 years held during the July – August vacation
  • CLAP for Fun Programme for children 5 – 12 years held during the July – August vacation
  • Story-time for preschoolers
  • Online Story-time via Facebook