Jamaica Library Service


The Jamaica Library Service (JLS) was established in 1948. The JLS provides a public library service and school library service through a network of 111 public library locations and 898 government school libraries. The JLS is the largest institution in the island that offers free membership, access to the internet computers and other devices. The JLS stages an annual National Reading Competition that targets adults and children library members. The Competition is in its 35th year and encourages and develops reading skills, cultivates an appreciation for books and facilitates exposure to highly rated literature. Competitors are awarded with attractive and diverse prizes each year.



News March 25 2024

Discover the 2024 Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Discover which 6 books made it to the shortlist, one of world’s most valuable literary prizes!
News January 16 2024

2024 Longlist Revealed

Novels by four Irish authors are among the 70 books nominated by 80 libraries around the world!
News November 28 2023

2024 Dublin Literary Award Judges Announced

Meet our judging panel for 2024 Dublin Literary Award
Video June 2 2023

Highlights from the 2023 Dublin Literary Award Ceremony

Katja Oskamp and translator Jo Heinrich win the prize for Marzahn, Mon Amour.


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