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 "virtually” 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. Our goal is to make our public libraries the "place to go" in the  community for our citizens.
 
Many capitol improvement projects have taken place, some are still in progress and some are soon to come for our public libraries in 2015.  It’s an exciting time and future for our public libraries!
  
The newly constructed Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library opened in July of 2013!  Currently, library service is Monday - Friday from 9a.m-5p.m.  The new 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:
 
Governor John P. deJongh, Jr. has appointed St. Croix native Ingrid A. Bough, J.D. as Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums. The appointment took effect on March 12 and Bough is based on St. Croix.
 
Bough returns home to the Virgin Islands after serving for 20 years at the Library of Congress in the Performing Arts Division of the U.S. Copyright Office. She holds a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law. In addition, she holds degrees from Howard University, University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore, School of Law. She is also a graduate of the National Leadership Institute.    
 
 
                               DeJongh Names Native Crucian Head of Libraries 
 
                                    
                           Governor deJongh, Bough, DPNR Commissioner Mathes
 
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                                        Assistant Director /Territorial Archvist
 
                                                     Susan Laura Lugo, C.A.      
                                           
 
Assistant Director/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 under the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums have notable accomplishments, some highlights include: outreach in archives, genealogy workshops and records management training within Government Departments Territory-wide.  
 
In 2014 The Virgin Islands Archives Council re-activated by Governor John de Jongh, Jr. was established pursuant to Virgin Islands Code principally to review the standards, regulations and procedures developed by the Territorial Archivist to carry out statutory responsibilities for custody, preservation and access to Territorial Archives collections and the management of government records and to make recommendations to the Governor with respect thereto.
 
The previous Virgin Islands Archives Council and SHRAB organized under Governor Alexander A. Farrelly was convened in 1989. The Council will also operate as the State Historical Records Advisory Board, or SHRAB, under regulations and guidelines of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
 
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.