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.
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.
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
The director charged with coordinating and managing the day-to-day activities of the National Library and reports back to the President.
The Treasurer charged with supervising all of the earnings and expenditures of the National Library.
The secretary charged with keeping track of meetings and arrangements in addition to checking if all activities meet legal requirements.
Nadine van Delden
In the case of the Library, the board member is a teacher who ensures that the Library’s materials are connecting to schools.