York House to become Public Library

York House on Church Street, St. George’s is earmarked to be transformed into the country’s main library.

Word of this has come from Education and Human Resource Development Minister, Senator Franka Bernadine.

Sen. Bernadine who was a guest on last week’s programme, “Sunday’s With George Grant” said the vision of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government is to have a National Public Library for the country.

She said that decision to have the library located at York House was taken two weeks ago at a Cabinet Meeting.

Sen. Bernadine told the programme host that on completion, the library would not only provide services to school children, but to people from varying walks of life.

Government will soon seek funding for the project.

The Education Minister said the whole issue of the public library remains of great concern to her ministry since, according to her, no country should function without a functioning public library.

The Public Library that is located on the Carenage, St. George’s has been left in a state of dilapidation.

The senior Cabinet Minister gave the assurance that the former location will no longer be considered due to health reasons.

Sen. Bernadine said it has been a serious struggle for the ministry in many ways to secure a home for the library.

The York House building that was once housed the local legislature, and the number one High Court was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Sen. Bernardine indicated that interim library services would be provided for the time being at the Grenada National Stadium.

Sen. Bernadine said that because of the central location of the stadium, it is believed that the library can operate there in the short-term.

Parish Libraries are also of importance to the Ministry of Education.

The senior government minister spoke of work having begun on the St. Mark’s Library three weeks ago with the hope of having it ready by September.

York House – to house the National Library

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