National Library of Solomon Islands

National Library of Solomon Islands

Address POB 165, Ministry of Education and Training Honiara
Phone +677 21601
Fax +677 25366

The Solomon Islands Public Library, situated near the Mataniko River just outside of Chinatown in Honiara, was opened by Rev. Charles Fox (q.v.) in August 1968. Ramodua Nosokuru became librarian after a one-year course at Administrative College in Port Moresby. There were 2,500 books, with enough space to house twelve thousand, a number reached by 1974. Users increased fast: in 1970 there were 782 expatriate members and 403 Solomon Islander members, the later number having tripled over the previous year. By 1974, there were 2,881 total members. The library also operated a lending service to district outposts, and there were 187 borrowers on outstations in 1970. Many people other than registered borrowers used the reading room in Honiara, where newspapers, magazines and illustrated books were popular. In January 1972, the Solomon Islands Public Library was amalgamated into the Department of Information, Broadcasting, Museum and Library Services.