She said, “We have lost the majority of our reference collection, our adult circulation, our children circulation, our black history collection, a number of our first edition of our West Indian material, which is so heart wrenching for us”.
The Portsmouth Public Library was impacted and remains closed, and over 3,000 volumes of books were lost there, and apart from book stock, equipment, such as computers, were also impacted by the hurricane.
She said literature books and items such as newspaper collections, print journal collections, and other material saved for use by the public, was also impacted. She added that thousands of books were lost in the overall service. “So in total, the Dominica Library and Information Service has a loss of 25,000 volumes in terms of the entire library service. In terms of just stock, and we are basically looking at books, we are in the range of $1.7-million”.