Please find some information about the different services and collections of the National Library of Aruba.
The adults section offers fiction and non-fiction for both teenagers as adults. This collection consists of books in different languages, Papiamento, Dutch, English and Spanish. We also have a small collection of books in German, French, Italian and Portuguese. With the help of our computerized catalogue you can find any book in our collection.
Everybody from the age of 14 and up is welcome in the Reading Room. Here you can find reference material, popular magazines and newspaper clippings and informative cd-roms.
Especially children are welcome at the library. You will find a nice collection of children books and other material with stories and information for children. The collection offers picture books, comics and cartoons, fiction and non-fiction, readers, and a collection of awarded children books. Books are available in Papiamento, Dutch, English and Spanish.
Not only for information about books, but for any other question, please turn to our Informationdesk for assistance. In the study corner you can read and study books and other materials.
The Reading Room is located in the back of the building on ground level. Everybody from 14 years and up is welcome in the Reading Room. The use of this facility is free to members and non-members.
In the Reading room you can study, read magazines and use our collection of reference material. We have encyclopaedias, dictionaries, documentation/clippings, information on literary works in Dutch, English and Spanish and summaries.
A computer is available to process information and find information on cd-roms. These services are completely free of charge, except for printing and photocopies.
For any information please go to our Informationdesk in the Reading Room and someone will assist you.
Newspaper and Internet Room
The Newspaper Room is located at the left side of the entrance. We have local, Antillean, American and Dutch newspapers. You can also look up information on the Internet at one of our workstations.
The media department takes care of the production of audiovisual material of and about Aruba. Every member of the library can borrow materials at the media department. For example, videocassettes, slideshows, audiotapes and cassettes. Teachers can borrow these materials for educational purposes. Educators can also borrow equipment such as an overhead projector, slide projector and screen for free if these are used for educational purposes.
BNA comes to you!
Our mobile library visits schools regularly. This service is designed especially for kids who aren't able to come to the library. The library bus has a collection of children books up to the age of 13. Special reading promotion activities are offered during visits at schools. We have 2 bussses, Shon Lectura Rey Mucha and Compa Nanzi.
Library services at the Horacio Oduber Hospital
For more than ten years now the library offers books and magazines to patients to make their stay in the hospital more pleasant. Approximately ten volunteers take care of this service. Every Tuesday morning these volunteers visit the patients of the hospital with a trolley filled with books and magazines. The books and magazines that are used for this service are usually donations.