Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives & Museums
 
                                  
                                                            INGRID A. BOUGH, J.D.
                                               
  
                                 To the People of the Virgin Islands and visitors...
            Welcome to our new Virgin Islands Public Library System website!
 
Visiting your local library online is one way you can keep up with the changes and access information. Our libraries, throughout the territory, are available to you virturally 24/7 via the Web, as well as physically via our many facilities located on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St John.
 
One of our missions is to expand library services, bringing information resources to the Virgin Islands libraries through greater uses of technology and electronic resources. One of our goals is to make our public libraries the community hub for shared life-long learning.
 
Many capitol improvement projects have taken place, some are still in progress and some are soon to come for our public libraries in late 2016, early 2017.   In March of 2016, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Secretary Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina  announced $1 million dollars in federal grant funding for capital improvements, infrastructure renovations and technology upgrades for the VI public libraries, which is in addition to the  December 2015 announced $915,000 which combined totals nearly $2 million dollars. It’s an exciting time and future for our public libraries!
  
The newly constructed Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library opened on a limited basis in July of 2013!  The final phase of construction  is taking place and some remainng projects are being addressed prior to a grand opening scheduled early 2017.
 
Currently, library service hours are Monday - Friday from 10a.m-6p.m. The new 43,000 sf multi-million dollar public  state-of-the-art library is located in Estate Tutu on St. Thomas.   
 
Today’s public libraries are consistently being challenged to do more with less—less money, less staff, and less time. When the economy is down, library use is up. Unfortunately, at the same time, tight budgets nationwide are closing some library doors and reducing access when it’s needed most.  It has never been more important for librarians, staff members, and others with a vested interest in their public libraries, to convey to their communities the value of the library.
 
Libraries provide equal access to information for people of all ages and backgrounds. Critical to the success of public libraries are that adequate funds are in place to support staffing, programs, technology upgrades, infrastructure which overall enable better service to the entire community.
 
Librarians know shrinking budgets demand a lot of hard choices be made. When it comes time to make those decisions, we need to ask elected officials and the public to think about the people that turn to us for assistance and access to the Internet, to provide a safe educational haven for children, free resources for education and career development, and much more.
 
Libraries promote lifelong learning and literacy. Libraries preserve our culture and history for future generations.
 
We know that the changes and improvements will continue to enhance our library service throughout the 21st Century.  We welcome your thoughts!  Let us or our Friends of the Library know your needs.
 
 
 
My Appointment:
 
In 2008, former Governor John P. deJongh, Jr. appointed St. Croix native Ingrid A. Bough, J.D. as Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums.  Bough is based on St. Croix.
 
Bough returned home to the Virgin Islands after working for a few years as an educator in the VI Department of Education, and then relocated to the mainland where she served 20 years in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress in the Performing Arts Division of the U.S. Copyright Office. In addition, she holds  three degrees: Howard University, University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore, School of Law (Intellectual Property Law concentration).  Bough is also a graduate of the National Leadership Institute.    
 
                               DeJongh Names Native Crucian Head of Libraries 
 
                                    
             former Governor deJongh, Bough, former DPNR Commissioner Mathes
 
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                                              Territorial Archvist
 
                                                     Susan Laura Lugo, C.A.      
                                           
 
Territorial Archivist, Susan Laura Lugo was appointed as the Territorial Coordinator for the Archives in January of 2008 by the Honorable John P. deJongh, Jr.  Despite many challenges, the Territorial Archives, a unit under the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums has notable ccomplishments, to include: archives outreach, genealogy workshops and government wide records management training.  
 
Ms. Lugo earned a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of the Virgin Islands, and a M.S. (Beta Phi Mu) in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She became a certified archivist during her tenure in the division.