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ABOUT US

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The National Library and Information System Authority is a corporate body established by the NALIS Act No. 18 of 1998 to administer the development and coordination of library and information services in Trinidad and Tobago. 

With the Heritage Library, 24 public libraries (in Trinidad), four mobile libraries -- with visits to 140 locations and four libraries in correctional institutions, NALIS makes easily accessible to members of the public a library and information service in order to facilitate cultural, economic, educational, political and social development of the people of Trinidad and Tobago (Act No 18 of 1998, Part II, 4a).

Additionally, and in accordance with the NALIS Act (1998), NALIS has entered into arrangements with several Ministries and the Tobago House of Assembly. NALIS Staff provides professional services to 27 Government Agencies and 134 Secondary Schools.

The Authority's headquarters is located in the renowned National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, Located at Hart and Abercromby Streets, Port of Spain. This facility was opened to the public in 2003. 

The National Library and Information System Authority falls under the remit of the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications whose Minister is the Honourable Maxie Cuffie.

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  • VISION

    An internationally recognized, agile leader in library and information services. 

  • MISSION

    The national provider of reliable, equitable and inclusive library and information services.

  • CORE VALUES
    Integrity – working with sincerity and honesty
    Pride and Passion - having a strong belief in what we do
    People-oriented – providing a high quality service that puts people first
    Team Spirit – working together to achieve the organisation’s goals and objective
  • GOVERNANCE

    As a statutory authority NALIS is governed by a Board which ensures proper and efficient performance of the functions of the organisation.


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  • DEPARTMENTS AND DIVISIONS

    NALIS comprises 11 Divisions and Departments headed by Directors of professional Heads of Departments and staffed by approximately 800 employees.


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  • HISTORY

    Up until 1998 there were three separate bodies responsible for the administration of library services in Trinidad and Tobago, namely, the Central Library (established at the Ministry of Education in 1941), the Carnegie Free Library (established in 1919) and the Public Library (established in 1851).


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  • NALIS ACT

    Legal Supplement Part A to the "Trinidad and Tobago Gazette", Vol. 37, No. 170, 11th September, 1998 Third Session Fifth Parliament Republic of Trinidad and Tobago REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Act No. 18 of 1998


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  • NATIONAL LIBRARY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

    The National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, located in the capital city, is a state-of-the-art, ultra-modern library facility which houses Trinidad and Tobago's Heritage collections a Preservation and Conservation laboratory, three lending libraries and administrative offices. This facility us usually referred to as the administrative seat and focal point of NALIS' operations.


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  • POLICIES

    Browse NALIS' Internet Use Policy, Rules of Conduct, Communications Policy and other policies/ procedures helping to provide the best possible service to the public.


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  • ANNUAL REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS

    In accordance with the NALIS Act No. 18 of 1998, Annual Reports are published and submitted each year, providing information relating to the Authority's operations, policies and financial statements.


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  • NALIS LOGO

    This logo is symbolic of information on the move - progressing from the traditional Book Form to the present and futuristic Info Tech, which is arising as a world of its own and literally from the ‘Pages of the Past’


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  • CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

    A career as an information professional can take you into several areas which include the following; public libraries, school libraries, academic/college libraries and much more.


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