The History traces the development of libraries in Jamaica
from the late seventeenth century to the present day. It examines
reasons for the spate of anti-popery material in the earliest
collections, and treats the subsequent story within the context
of socio-economic conditions. Note is taken of the efforts of
Ministers of Religion to inculcate the habit of reading among
both the white and black population, as a means of improving
their minds and strengthening their moral fibre. Increasing
respect for books and demand for information appear, as the
country puts aside its colonial status and assumes responsibility
for its own destiny. The History documents the growth of the
Jamaica Library Service, the emergence of the National Library of
Jamaica, and the establishment of NACOLADS (the National Council
on Libraries, Archives and Documentation Services) now regarded
as a model for such development in the Third World.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.