CONSTITUTION of FRIENDS OF THE JAMAICA LIBRARY SERVICE
OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION
The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) has been a driving force on the Jamaican landscape, providing information as well as recreational and educational services through a network of public and school libraries. The Service has been facilitating and influencing the national development by creating and supporting a knowledge-based society of lifelong learners by being customer-focused, globally oriented and technology-enhanced.
Over sixty years of operation have established the institution as an integral part of the nation’s educational and cultural life, providing a range of resources, a tailored menu of programs and services, free public access to print and non-print material including the Internet and other electronic resources which facilitate free access to knowledge and the acquisition of information for education, community development and renewal and opportunities for entertainment and wholesome interaction.
The Public Library Network makes a significant contribution to nation building covering the island through Main Libraries located in the capital of each Parish, Branch Libraries in suburban and rural centres, Mobile Libraries and Postal Reader Service to communities that have no fixed library facility and through service to special categories of users – the visually impaired, persons in hospitals, correctional institutions, children’s homes, and places of safety. The School Library Network equips school libraries to be central to the education process, enabling them to act as vital catalysts for learning by giving assistance to students, teachers, administrative and support staff in teaching institutions.