The library has been in operation since 1837, making it one of the oldest public libraries in the Caribbean (although it didn’t move to its current home until 1873). The Old Powder Magazine building in Williamsburg, Virginia, inspired its 8-sided shape. The library was the first building to be erected on what is now Parliament Square.
The library also doubles as the city’s museum, with interesting artifacts from the Bahamas’ indigenous Arawak Indians, plus information about the islands’ colonial history. Many people make a stop at the library on a historical walking tour of Nassau or as part of a fun fact-finding adventure tour.