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"A dynamic library that is an integral information access point facilitating the emergence of tourism as one of the pillars in the economic diversification process for Trinidad and Tobago.".

“To advance knowledge in tourism content to all stakeholders, support ministerial policy, decision-making and ensure effective service delivery.”

The purpose of the Ministry of Tourism Library is to facilitate acquisition, management and access to information resources which will assist the staff as they seek to achieve the Ministry’s mandates. The Ministry of Tourism Library is a “hybrid library”. That is, the goals and objectives of the Library reflect the incorporation of innovative technology, training, collection development, and outreach as the library seeks to become an agent fostering greater knowledge in the area of tourism; the result being an increase in the creative capacity, innovation and competitive advantage of the Ministry of Tourism.
The current library collection provides access to a cross section of print and multimedia information resources to facilitate research, planning and policy development within Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism sector and allied areas notably, lifesaving. At the library information seekers can now access both print and digital publications including access to the UNWTO E-library, The International Journal of Tourism Policy, International Journal of Tourism Research, and Business Monitor International Caribbean Tourism Report along with Ministry of Tourism reports which are in the public domain.

  • The Ministry of Tourism Library is strictly a research library; as such members of the public are not allowed to borrow books.
  • Library users shall engage in the appropriate activities (reading, researching, copying) associated with the use of a library. The library is not to be used as an office, as a forum for group or study meeting, or any other business activity.
  • Library users shall be respectful of library furnishings, equipment and material. Users shall handle all library items with reasonable care. Pencil or pen markings, earmarking of pages, removal of binding, tearing pages, use of repositionable (Post-It) notes, paperclips or mutilation in any manner of library material is not allowed.
  • Conversation and noise must be kept at an acceptable level in the library so users may have a peaceful and quiet environment conducive to study and research. Loud, abusive, aggressive, threatening or obscene language and/or behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Users shall place their cellular phones on silent or vibrate when they enter the library. All cellular phone use is limited to the area outside of the library.
  • Smoking, chewing of gum and the consumption of food and/or beverages is not allowed in the library.

The collection housed at the Ministry of Tourism Library is accessible to both staff at the ministry and legitimate researchers in the field of tourism. Only staff of the Ministry of Tourism is entitled to borrow circulating materials, everyone else can use the material in-house only. The following services are available:

  • Reference research: Reference queries can be made in person, via e-mail and telephone.
  • Access to online tourism journals which are full text.
  • Document delivery: Requested documents in digital form can be e mailed or scanned and emailed when possible.
  • Multimedia access: Users can view DVD’s pertaining to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean which are related to Tourism.

Please contact us if you require additional information on accessing services at the Ministry of Tourism Library.

The library collection consists of information resources pertaining to a diverse cross section of tourism related areas. Information resources pertaining to the areas of life saving and life guard services and other allied areas are also available. The monographs are classified according to the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) scheme. Periodicals/journals and Tourism Reports are arranged in strictly by alphabetical order.

Books

The Ministry of Tourism Library online catalogue is powered by Companion Corporations Alexandria v.6. Access to the catalogue is currently available to all staff and users of the library. Staff and researchers also have access to over 1100 full text books and reports from the United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO E-Library.

Reports
  • Reference research: BMI Caribbean Tourism Report
  • BMI Latin American Monitor Caribbean Report
  • Document delivery: Ministry of Tourism Annual Reports
  • Tourism Master Plan Report Series

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