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Haynes Library

Historic or Prehistoric Place, Historic Site

This building is over one hundred years old, and is now an historical site named after Governor William Frederick Haynes Smith, who completed the first installment of Government buildings on the island of Eleuthera in 1897.

Once the residence and offices of the local doctor on the island for many years, it has since been renovated by a local civic organization called "Friends of the library."

The Haynes Library houses a Children's Reading Room, an extensive Bahamian/ Caribbean resource section, and a large reference library. Internet and WiFi are also available.

Children's activities include after school homework assistance, Saturday morning Arts and Crafts, and a Summer program.

Other events include the "Eleuthera All that Jazz" fundraiser held during the last week of March, Art Shows throughout the year, Lecture series and a book club. Every one is welcome to stop in.

Accessibility Notes

The library is located downstairs, so persons with mobility impairments will need assistance getting to the internet café upstairs.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets are allowed.

Time Period Represented

Late 1800s


Mon-Thurs: 9am-6pm / Fri: 9am-5pm / Sat: 10am-4pm. Closed on Sunday and holidays.

Seasons Open

Year Round


$25 monthly fee

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