The University of The Bahamas Libraries has a collection of approximately 75,000 volumes, including books, microforms, audiovisual software, and an especially strong periodical collection in print, online, on microforms and in CD-ROM formats.

Reference Collection

This collection is comprised of over 3,000 non-circulating titles including general and subject encyclopedias, directories, digests, indexes, and dictionaries.

Reserve Collection

Library and other materials for specific courses are placed on restricted loan by lecturers to make them available to students on an equitable basis. This collection is located at the Circulation Desk. Some materials are available on 2-hour, in-Library loan; others are available for overnight or three day loan.

Special Collections

Bahamian Collection

The Special Collections Department (upstairs) is a closed access area. This collection houses all the materials with a Bahamian orientation, whether by Bahamian authors or about The Bahamas. These include periodicals, rare books, government documents, and faculty and student research papers. A vertical file in this area contains pamphlets, newspaper clippings and articles. Bahamian Newspapers are also available on microfilm, but these are located at the Reference/Information desk downstairs.

United Nations Collection

The University of The Bahamas Library is a partial United Nations depository. Patrons may access UN materials via the OPAC. For further details consult the Reference Librarian.

Caribbean Dissertations

The Library has over 2000 titles from University Microfilms International Dissertation Programme. This collection is regarded as one of the most extensive of its kind in the world, and is an excellent research resource.

Periodical Collection

Current and retrospective periodical titles are available electronically through the Internet and electronic services such as EBSCO, in print, and in other formats such as microfilm and microfiche. A Directory of Periodicals is available at the Library’s Reference Desk or may be accessed by clicking below.

Teaching Practice Collection

This collection consists of a wide variety of materials useful to student teachers in the primary and secondary education programmes.

General Vertical File Collection

The vertical file contains articles, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings on a variety of subjects of local and international interest and is available in the Reference/ Information Section. Access to this resource is also available via the Library’s Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC).

Audio-Visual Collection

The Library’s Instructional Media Services Unit holds a collection of videocassettes, audiocassettes, multi-media kits, and the relevant hardware for their use. For further details consult the Media Unit at 302-4460.

World Trade Organization (WTO) Resource Centre Collection

The WTO Resource Centre for print and electronic documents about the World Trade Organization is located within the Culinary and Hospitality Institute Library, Bahamas Tourism Training Centre Building, University Drive. The collection provides the legal ground rules for international commerce and provides access to WTO services and operations. For further information call 323-6804, extn.254.