Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham accompanied by College Council Chairman, T. Baswell Donaldson; Minister of Education, the Hon. Desmond Bannister; President of College of The Bahamas, Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze and the College Librarian Ms. Willamae Johnson, stroll along the front of the newly constructed Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre during its official opening on Friday, April 8. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith).
Nassau, Bahamas -
he College of The Bahamas
marked another milestone in its move toward university status.
The College officially opened the new Harry C. Moore Library and Information
Centre on Friday, April 8. The $28 million library, which is located
at the southwest quadrant of the college’s Oakes Field campus, was
constructed to meet the needs of a growing student population. With
a holdings capacity of 150,000 volumes, the 60,000 square foot library
can accommodate approximately 650 library users and has group and study
spaces, a 75-seat auditorium and is handicap accessible. It also features
a 24-hour Internet café and has wireless access throughout the property.
Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon.
Hubert A. Ingraham said that he was ‘pleased' to participate in the
“The ongoing development
and nurturing of public institutions is critical to our national development
and national identity,” said Mr. Ingraham. “In due course, the National
Museum of The Bahamas will join the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
as another centre for the preservation and showcasing of Bahamian heritage
Minister of Education, the
Hon. Desmond Bannister said that he felt ‘privileged' to be a part
of the historic occasion.
“Mr. Moore’s legacy in
The Bahamas will be indelibly etched in the annals of education in The
Bahamas and the lives of the persons he transformed through his generosity
and enlisting others to buy into a vision of tertiary education for
The library bears the name
of the late Harry C. Moore, former chairman of the Lyford Cay Foundation
and a former member of the College Council. Mr. Moore was at the forefront
of fundraising efforts to construct the library. Persuading members
of the Lyford Cay Foundation and friends to contribute, Mr. Moore was
able to secure a $5 million commitment from the foundation - $3.5
million for the furnishings, fixtures and equipment and $1.5 million
for the Virtual Library.
The widow of the late Mr. Moore,
Mrs. Monique Moore said that she was ‘sorry' that her husband was
not alive to see his dream become a reality but she said that she knew
that he would have been ‘extremely’ pleased.
President of the College Council, Mr. T. Baswell Donaldson, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Mrs. Monique Moore stand in front of a portrait of the late Harry C. Moore after the unveiling of the photograph in the foyer of the newly constructed Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith).
“Harry’s insistence on
a major library was part of his belief in the need for education, a
need that was matched only by the determination to find a way to pay
for it,” said Mrs. Moore. To this end, she said, he would ‘hit’
neighbours, friends and golfers for money for the Lyford Cay Foundation
in order to fund the project.
The government also injected
$5 million in financial support and guaranteed a $23 million loan facility.
The Sir Lynden Pindling Foundation donated $300,000 toward a $500,000
commitment. The library will house a permanent exhibition in honour
of the life and legacy of Sir Lynden.
In addition, over the years,
the faculty and staff of the College of The Bahamas have donated approximately
$120,000 to the project.
The Prime Minister said that
the new library will ‘complement’ the ongoing development of the
surrounding communities that include the headquarters of the Customs
Department, the Ministry of Education, the CID headquarters which is
about to undergo a million dollar renovation and upgrade, and the Queen
Elizabeth Sports Centre – home to the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium and
the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre and the soon to be completed
new Tommy Robinson National Stadium.
“The proximity of such a
complex and stadium augur well for the future of the College of The