About the Library

Message from Campus Librarian

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus Libraries!! We provide ubiquitous 24/7/365 online access to a wide array of academic information resources to meet the needs of scholars in virtually every discipline. Committed to the continuous development of our print and digital information resources and collections, we also focus on collecting and preserving unique Caribbean content for future generations. Combined with these quality information resources our services to students, members of faculty, and staff facilitate success in teaching, learning, research and personal development. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with our offerings by visiting our websites.

While the continuous upgrade and expansion of the Libraries' technological capacity over the past decade has created a robust and stable online platform, I hasten to remind you that there is a lot to be gained by visiting in person and spending time in the physical library buildings themselves. Apart from the ability to interact with our helpful and knowledgeable library staff face-to-face, you can benefit from the serendipity to be found in browsing our print and multimedia and special collections, as well as find enjoyment in spaces provided for quiet study, collaborative learning, or even working on a group project.

The staff of the Libraries strives to ensure that the services we design and deploy are in strategic alignment with the evolving higher education and research landscape. Our team of Liaison Librarians, specialists in various disciplines, are your key library contacts. We are available to assist you in person at each campus library, by phone, email and online via our Ask-A-Librarian service. In addition, our Libraries pride themselves on responsiveness to the needs of users, and always welcome feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to send us your ideas or questions by contacting your Librarian or e-mailing me directly at frank.soodeen@sta.uwi.edu

I do hope you will see the Campus Libraries as not only a virtual and physical space for teaching, learning and research, but also as a partner in achieving your academic goals.

We look forward serving your information needs.

Frank Soodeen, Jr.
Campus Librarian

History of The Alma Jordan Library

The nucleus of the Library’s collection was formed in 1898 and the Library has occupied two different buildings: the Registry known now as the Old Administration Building at the St. Augustine Campus and the building at its present location on the JFK quadrangle which was completed with funds provided by the United States Government in 1969. The Library has been known as the John F. Kennedy Library, The Main Library and was officially renamed The Alma Jordan on February 28th 2011. During the course of the celebrations to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the St. Augustine Campus of The UWI in 2010, it was decided to name certain buildings in recognition of staff members who made outstanding contributions to the development of the campus. Seven buildings were renamed and one of them being the Main Library in recognition of Dr Alma Jordan, who was Campus Librarian at The Main Library from 1960 to 1989, serving also as University Librarian from 1982 to her retirement in 1989. The Library continues the tradition of service first offered from the landmark Administration Building.

Tel: (868) 662-2002 ext. 82132

Fax: 662-9238

Website: http://libraries.sta.uwi.edu/ajl/

Email: Secretariat-MainLibrary@sta.uwi.edu

Mailing Address: The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus