76 King Street, Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.

The Garvey Research/Reference Library

The Garvey Research/Reference Library is a specialized library that houses approximately 10,000 holdings, inclusive of books, pamphlets, and audiovisual materials relating to Marcus Garvey, the Garvey Movement, Pan-Africanism, and the history and culture of Africa and the African Diaspora. These holdings are divided into two sections, the Adult Collection, and the Children’s Collection, serving students from the ages of 7 to 17 years. The Adult Library serves a wide cross-section of users. However, the main users include tertiary and secondary level students, researchers, and Garvey enthusiasts, both locally and internationally.

The collection is housed in two spaces, the Reading Room located on the main floor, and the Library Stacks, located on the Ground floor. The focal point of the Reading Room for Adults is a mahogany table that was once owned by Marcus Garvey, an avid antique furniture collector. The top of the table is round and at the base are intricately carved lions. The table serves to inspire those who sit around it to, “… never stop reading”, as said by Garvey. The Library Stacks comprise movable metal shelving that can contract and expand for accessibility.

The Library is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Whilst the Reading Room can only accommodate up to 6 persons at a time, we encourage persons to make an appointment for groups 5 and over so we can make the necessary arrangements for accommodation. Requests for information may also be sent via email or telephone