National Heritage

The National Heritage Library (NHL) is located in Belmopan City. Since August 2006, this two-story, air-conditioned building, has housed over 40,000 books, reports, serials, microfilm, DVDs, CDs, and community information about Belize and our neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The National Collection consists of books, magazines, reports (topical and annual from NGOs, businesses and government agencies), newsletters, government documents, local and national newspapers, posters/flyers, calendars, maps, agendas, house plans, funeral booklets. Within the collection are materials of various formats that date from as early as the mid-18th century to those published this week.

The Latin American and Caribbean collections consist of monographs and serials from all over these regions. Highlights within these collections include research-level English and Spanish-language books about the indigenous and African-descendent populations, magazines, and OAS reports.

NHL collects microfilm, which can be viewed with the microform reader on site. Pictured beside the reader are the Belize Billboard (1957-1962), and the Belize (British Honduras) Advertiser (1881 to 1889). Trained staff is available to assist library patrons who wish to view these resources.

In a constant effort to upgrade and preserve our holdings, NHL converts VHS broadcasts of Channel 5 and Channel 7 news, documentaries, biographies and government proceedings. News broadcasts date from the mid-1990s and documentaries date from the 1980s.

NHL is presently undertaking a digitization project that involves the scanning and editing of rare and old books and images within our collections.

 

Below is a list of the type of materials within the National Collection:

1. Books

2. Reports [annual and quarterly] of select industries and Government Ministries

3. Newspapers (1885-present, dates inclusive):

Newspaper
Name Date
Amandala 1969 Aug - present
Belize Times 1956-present
Christian Herald 1983-present
People Pulse/Guardian 1988-present
Reporter 1968-present
San Pedro Sun 1992-present
Alkebulan 1999, 1994-1995
Alliance 1992-2005
Ambergris Today 2000-2004
The Angelus 1885-1903
The Beacon 1970-1991
Belize Independence 1936-1937
Sunday Supplement 1961
Belize Tribune 1983-1984
Belize BillBoard 1950-1970
Blazer 1994-1998
Belmopan Chronicle 1995-1997
British Honduran 1954-1959
Cayo Trader 1994-1998
Coconut Wireless 1985, 1988-1989
Daily Clarion 1936-1961
Disweek 1983-1961
Liberty 1990-2006
Multi-Media 2000, 2004-2005
Prensa Solidaridad 1998-2001
Vanguard 1969-1973
Voice 1982-1986
Others/Various
Name Date
Acontecer Nacional 1993–1994
Belize Liberator 2004 & 2006
Belize Sunday Journal 1999
Candid 1993
Devil’s Advocate 1997
Intranet 2001
Jihad 1992
Liberal 1973
Labor Beacon 1992 & 1993
Magnum Belize 2004
North to South 2000
Overseas Chinese News 2003
Placencia Breeze 2001
Southern Exposure 1999
SPEAR Head 1990
Stann Creek Star 2001
The Anglican News 2000
The Belize News 1995
The Belize Sun 1996
The Caye Caulker 2002
The Children’s Newspaper  
The Democrat 2000
The Lamanai Experience  
The Observer 1996
Special Collection
  • Architectural Plans
  • Audiovisual materials [CDs, DVDs, VHS]
  • Bookmarkers
  • Calendars
  • Coins
  • Funeral Booklets/ Eulogies
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Rare books
  • Realia
  • Stamps
  • Local Vertical files

4. Bibliographies

5. Journals – current and past

6. Magazines

7. Newsletters

8. Yearbooks

9. Conference papers

10. Telephone Directories

11. Manifestos

12. Speeches and addresses

13. Government Documents :

Acts
Bills
Government Gazettes (1878-present)
Ordinances
Statutory Instruments

 

Library Details
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Librarian: Ms. Felene Cayetano
Assistant Librarian: Mr. Michael Bradley
Senior Library Assistant: Mr. David Cocom
Phone: (501) 822-0397
Email: nationalheritagelib@bnlsis.org
Address: Mountain View Blvd, Belmopan City, Belize