Programmes & Activities


National Reading Competition

National Reading Competition

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

Story Hour

Story Hour

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

SJPL Post 3

SJPL Post 3

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SJPL Post 2

SJPL Post 2

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Overview


The public library service in St. James was established in 1948 (public library – 1944 – 1948) by the late Mrs. R. Leyson Ewen (then Mrs. Joan Crum- Ewing) and a small group of members of the Young Women’s Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) led by Dr. Sylvia Lowe. The ladies made the decision to collect second-hand books with which to start a library for the public of Montego Bay. A donation of one hundred and fifty (150) books was given to the library by the Y. W. C. A, and within a short period a stock of five hundred (500) books was collected and repaired by the group. The Child Welfare Association made a room available, rent free in its building at 43 Church Street and the Y.W.C.A. again assisted with the loan of furniture. The opening of the St. James Parish Library took place on June 1, 1944, and Y.W.C.A. members served as voluntary librarians. The library remained at the Child Welfare Association building for nine (9) years. The founders of the library played a pivotal role in the library’s development.   READ MORE...

Branch Libraries Opening Hours


The St. James Parish Library has 9 branches located all over the parish, offering varying programmes and services. Please see below a list of all branch libraries.

Parish Library

Megre Bay Road
Montego Bay
St. James

(876) 952-4185-6
(876) 940-5694

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

Anchovy

Anchovy P.O.
St. James

(876) 956-4078

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 1:00 pm (SAT)

Cambridge

Cambridge P.O.
St. James

(876) 912-2452

Monday - Friday
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 1:00 pm (SAT)

Chatham

Chatham P.A.
St. James

(876) 605-2131

Monday - Friday
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
9:30 am - 1:00 pm (SAT)

Hopeton

Hopeton P.O.
St. James

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Closed on Saturdays

Lottery

Lottery P.O.
St. James

Monday - Friday
12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Maroon Town

Maroon Town P.O.
St. James

(876) 912-5224

Monday - Friday
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:00 am - 1:00 pm (SAT)

Somerton

Somerton P.O.
St. James

Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Springfield

Spring Field P.O.
St. James

Monday - Friday
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm