The Infant School Libraries Development Project

The School Library Network serves 29 infant schools which cater to children ages 4 to 6 years.  Through the Infant School Libraries Development Project ten of the 29 infant school libraries were refurbished while three new libraries were built and fully outfitted with furniture, equipment, books and other resource material.

 The objectives of the project are to:

-       Create state-of-the-art library spaces for children at the early stages of their development

-       Foster an appreciation of libraries in children from an early age

-       Provide library resource material to support teaching and learning

During the first phase of the Project, six schools benefitted from funding received from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service through the Ministry of Education in the amount of $6,000,000.00. This was for the period April 2009 to September 2010.  The schools that benefitted were:

  • Alpha Infant                           Kingston
  • Central Branch Infant          Kingston
  • St. Anne’s Infant                    Kingston
  • Porus Infant                           Manchester
  • Bethabara  Infant                  Manchester
  • Lucea Infant                           Hanover

The second phase of the Project was funded by the Culture, Health, Arts, Science and Education (CHASE) Fund in the amount of $6,064,120.00 during the period March 2011 to March 2013.  The schools that benefitted were:

  • Alley Infant                            Clarendon
  • May Pen Infant                     Clarendon
  • Cambridge Infant                 St. James
  • Brown’s Town  Infant          St. Ann

The Sugar Transformation Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries funded the third phase of the Project in the amount of $29,950,980.00.  The funds were allocated to build, furnish and equip three school libraries.  The schools that benefitted were:

  • St. Johns Infant                       Westmoreland
  • Savanna -la-mar Infant          Westmoreland
  • Falmouth Infant                      Trelawny

Cozy Corner

Under the Project the renovated and newly constructed school libraries were provided with furniture that included an issue desk, tables, stools, chairs, a computer workstation, a computer, printer, scanner, multimedia projector and screen and a television as well as resource materials inclusive of books, a globe and electronic games, a carpet and stuffed toys. Each school library also received a catalogue card cabinet, whiteboard, filing cabinet, notice board, display board and periodicals displayed.

Children and their teacher engage in a fun activity at the St. John’s Infant School Library

A cozy corner was created in each library with accessories such as an alphanumeric carpet, stuffed toys, cushions and floor puzzles provide a comfortable area for reading.


Porus Infant School Library

Project Status

Currently, the infant school libraries under the Project are being utilized to meet the needs of the students.  The teacher-librarians are actively engaging the students in a number of activities such as reading and storytelling sessions. The school libraries are visited by staff from the regional offices and the headquarters of the School Library Network to conduct library programmes and to ensure that they are maintained and are being fully utilized in the teaching and learning process. Books are loaned to students for home reading and parents are encouraged to assist their children in the selection of material.  The multimedia projector and screen are used for interactive learning and books on DVDs are also used in the libraries.

Reading session being conducted by the teacher-librarian at the Falmouth Infant School Library

Project Impact


The Project has made a positive impact on students through exposure to interactive methods of learning with the use of multimedia equipment and electronic games which make learning more fun and enjoyable.  Students from other infant schools without a library have access to the facilities at the Falmouth Infant School Library occasionally.

A reading session being conducted at Central Branch Infant School Library by staff from the School Library Network, Headquarters 

Future of the Project

Thirteen infant school libraries were impacted by this Project.  The Jamaica Library Service will continue to seek funding for the remaining 16 of the 29 infant school libraries through proposals to donor agencies. The Jamaica Library Service is committed to early childhood development and through the Infant School Libraries Development Project, a number of students and teachers now have access to state-of-the-art school libraries that are well-equipped.