Programmes & Activities


National Reading Competition

National Reading Competition

The National Reading Competition is an annual event which is undertaken by all parish libr...

Photography Club

Photography Club

Story Hour

Story Hour

The Library offers weekly stories for young children. This is an exciting programme that i...

Spanish Club

Spanish Club

    Students learning a new language

Children’s Hour

Children’s Hour

Ms. Kay-Anne Robinson – Senior Librarian at the Manchester Parish Library, reading t...

Chess Club

Chess Club

Students enjoying a game of Chess at the Manchester Parish Library

Spanish Club

Spanish Club

Another activity thats geared towards helping / teaching high school students. Lessons are...

Overview


The movement of Free Public Libraries began in 1937 by the late Walter L. Lewis, Presbyterian Minister, who circulated a pamphlet called A Plea for Manchester ‘Free’ library in which he stated: “One of the greatest needs of Jamaica is ‘Free’ libraries.” On July 6, 1937, a public meeting was held at the Roof Garden Theatre in Mandeville and a committee was formed to promote the establishment of the library. In the following year, on August 1, the Manchester Free Library was officially opened by His Excellency, Sir Edward Denham.   READ MORE...

Branch Libraries Opening Hours


The Manchester Parish Library has several branches located all over the parish, offering varying programmes and services. Please see below a list of all branch libraries.

Parish Library

34 Hargreaves Avenue
Mandeville P.O.
Manchester

(876) 962-2972 / 2012
(876) 962-6980

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 4 pm (SAT)

Bellefield

Bombay P.A.
Manchester

(876) 624-0278

Mon - Thurs
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Fri)

Bombay

Bombay P.A.
Manchester

(876)850-4095 

Mon - Thurs
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Fri)

Broadleaf

Broadleaf P.A.
Manchester

(876) 533-3269 

Mon - Thurs
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 4:30 pm (Fri)

Christiana

Christiana P.O.
Manchester

(876) 964-2407

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm (SAT)

Cross Keys

Cross Keys P.O.
Manchester

(876) 871-1728

Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Huntley

Huntley P.O.
Manchester

(876) 298-2919

Mon - Thurs
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Fri)

Lancaster

Lancaster P.A.
Manchester

(876) 351-8230 

Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Maidstone

Maidstone P.A.
Manchester

(876) 533-3267 

Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Marlie Hill

Marlie Hill P.A.
Manchester

(876) 844-1573 

Monday - Friday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mile Gully

Mile Gully P.O.
Manchester

(876) 844-1561 

Monday - Friday
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 3:00 pm (Sat)

Newport

Newport P.O.
Manchester

(876) 965-7267 

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Sat)

Porus

Porus P.O.
Manchester

(876) 904-1573 

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Sat)