LIBRARY/RESOURCE CENTRE

SAM SHARPE TEACHERS’ COLLEGE LIBRARY/RESOURCE CENTRE

The Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Library has been in operation since the inception of the College in 1975 and was initially located downstairs the Barbara Smith building. A reference library was created in 2009, located upstairs the original lending library. The latter was moved to its present location in 2013, and the Lending Library and Reference library were joined.

The goal of the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Library/Resource Centre is to provide current resources in whatever format available to support the information needs of the College community, as well as to stimulate intellectual thought and academic scholarship.
The first Librarian was Mrs. Constance Davidson, who retired in 2005. The present Librarian, Mr. Kevin Samuda took over the reins in 2007.

MOTTO

The motto of the library is “Reading to Learn”.

OPENING HOURS

  • Mondays to Thursdays – 8: 00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Fridays - 8:00 a.m. to 4: 00 p.m.
  • Saturdays – 9: 00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

The resources at the library consist of:

  • Books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Journals
  • Pamphlets
  • Newspapers
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Past papers
  • DVD’s
  • CDRoms
  • Globes
  • Maps
  • Posters
Dewey Decimal Classification is the system of arrangement used as it is ideal for organizing small to medium sized libraries. This system uses the numerals 1 to 9 to classify the entire field of knowledge and ‘0’ for subjects of a general or collective nature such as encyclopedias. The collection is arranged into Reference and Lending. Guide to Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme
  • 000 GENERAL WORKS, COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • 100 PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY
  • 200 RELIGION
  • 300 SOCIAL SCIENCES (Law, Politics, Sociology, Education)
  • 400 LANGUAGES
  • 500 PURE SCIENCES
  • 600 APPLIED SCIENCES (Food/Nutrition, Medicine)
  • 700 ARTS (Fine and Performing Arts)
  • 800 LITERATURE, DRAMA, POETRY
  • 900 HISTORY, BIOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY
ONLINE RESOURCES The book collection is supplemented by library’s subscription to a number of online libraries including EBSCOhost and Proquest/EBook Central. These online libraries provide students and faculty with 24-hour access to a range of peer reviewed online journals and e-books in all the College’s areas of study.

The databases may be accessed via the links below:

Users are encouraged to login from Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College campus and create a personal account which may be accessed from anywhere.
Past papers
Past papers can be accessed online via the following link:
https://bit.ly/39e3LJH

Library Catalogue
The library catalogue can be accessed via the iSIMS link below. Go to menu and select “Library Catalogue”. The bibliographic information for books in the library can be located via:

  • subject/keyword
  • Authors
  • Titles
https://isims.sstc.edu.jm/>

LIBRARY SERVICES

  • Photocopying
  • Lending of books and other resources: (students may borrow 2 books from the lending area for a period of 1 week. Two overnight books may be borrowed and should be returned by 10:05 a.m. the following day. Penalties apply for late return of material.
  • Referencing of books and other resources
  • Assistance with APA
  • Exhibitions/Displays on current and pertinent topics.