Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library in Estate Tutu, St. Thomas
The Turnbull Regional Library has been OPEN to serve adults and children since July of 2013. Operating hours are from 9a.m-5p.m. based on the Government of the VI work schedule. New library hours are planned for early 2015. The Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library is located at the northern end of the Tutu Park Mall. Public access to the library is though the gated driveway entrance at the northeast corner of the Plaza Extra parking lot.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in September 2006, but no work begun until 2009. The building was completed in 2013. St. Thomas-based Balbo Construction was the selected successful bidder for the approximately $22 million library project with Jaredian Design Group as the architect.
On June 17, 2013, the Division launched a "soft opening" of the public library on a limited basis. A grand opening is being planned in the near future.
- A 5,000-square-foot general reading room.
- A wing with a 3,500-square-foot children's room, featuring a storyteller's platform and murals.
- A wing with a 3,500-square-foot Caribbean room.
- A 2,500-square-foot young adult area around a railed mezzanine.
- A 1,250-square-foot public auditorium with seating for about 100 people.
- Headquarters for the computer system that serves all territorial libraries.
- Display cases in the lobby and two wings for ancient Indian artifacts, including pottery, tools and jewelry that were found in the area when Tutu Park Mall was constructed.
For more information, contact Ingrid Bough, Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums at 773-5715 or Assistant Director Susan Laura Lugo at 774-0630.