Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t here or if you would like more information please contact us.
The Library is open from 8:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Friday. And from 9:00 – 18:00 on Saturday.
The Library was already housed in separate buildings since 1945 in Pietermaai and Otrobanda but in 1988 all the departments of Pietermaai and Otrobanda moved to the building now known to the Curaçaoan public as the seat of the National Library in Scharloo.
Address: Fokkerweg 17 / Schottegatweg Zuid 36
Tel: 841-BOOK (2665)
In 2012 we became the National Library of Curaçao. This development came about as a result of Curaçao’s transition into an autonomous country within in the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010, just as Aruba had done in 1986. And just as Aruba’s Public Library had become its National Library shortly after Aruba became autonomous, we felt it apt to follow suit.
We are now elevating our services to even greater heights to meet the demands of the evolving modern age.
With regards to interning our preference goes out to students from colleges or universities who serve more long-term interning periods of 5 to 6 months. Interns or volunteers can help organizing the books, assisting with the marketing, helping at the counter or reading books to visitors.
At the BNK one can hold a book presentation, an evening of information, a talk, the presentation of a new product, workshops/courses, musical activities, expositions, parliamentary activities.
If you wish to make use of our facilities to organize an activity or an event you can get in touch with us to do so via this website.
We have the following sections: the children’s department, the youth and adult section, possibilities to study.
Since December 1997, the BNK is no longer a government service, but a foundation.
Our current supervisory board president is Imro van Wilgen. And as the president of the National Library he represents Curaçao’s Minister of Education. He is in charged with putting into action the directives that the Minister brings forward. If the minister wants the National Library to reach a certain level of modernity he is tasked with, in conjunction with the director, ensuring that the Library reaches that standard. Thus it is the president who assigns the Library its objectives, along with the director, and is solely responsible for supervising the completion of these objectives.