About us

As the National Library we take responsibility for our actions and the services we provide in distributing information to the community of Curaçao. We value their individual needs, experiences and differences and we take pride in building connections to ensure mutual success in our community.

Our mission

Knowledge, literacy and creativity shapes the citizens of Curaçao and we wish to be the gateway to these skills and qualities. We wish to spark their creativity and we wish to be a support system for the island’s educational system and promote lifelong learning in our community.

Our history


The Beginning

The National Library of Curaçao, then known as the Public Library, is established as part of the “Education and Culture” service. At that time the collection consisted of the collections of various small libraries on the island, donations and local private collections.


The Move To Scharloo

The Library was already housed in separate buildings since 1945 in Pietermaai and Otrobanda. In 1988 all the departments of Pietermaai and Otrobanda moved to our new building in Scharloo.


The National Library Of Curaçao

In 2012 our title changed from Public Library to the National Library of Curaçao. This change occurred as a result of Curaçao becoming an autonomous country within the Dutch Kingdom in 2010.

Kamir Elaim López


The president represents Curaçao’s Minister of Education and thus assigns the Library its objectives, along with the director, and is responsible for monitoring the completion of these objectives.

Board of directors

Arjen de Wolff


The director charged with coordinating and managing the day-to-day activities of the National Library and reports back to the President.

Dennis Arrindell

Board Member

Member of the Supervisory Board.

Shaheen Elhage

Board Member

Member of the Supervisory Board

Nadine van Delden

Board member

In the case of the Library, the board member is a school principal who ensures that the library’s materials are connecting to schools.

Our sponsors

Thanks to our dedicated sponsors we are able to continue being the support system for Curacao’s educational system and promote lifelong learning in our community.

Ask us

If you need help or have a question or suggestion, you can reach Library staff by chat, email or phone during open hours.


Support your library

Find out how you can support your Library by donating money, books or your time as a volunteer.