Requested Subject Areas

Following a recent meeting with Mrs Raymond, Chief Librarian of Dominica, we have received a list of requested subject areas. Please see below.

Specifically requested are books that are up to date and of good quality. 



  • Up to date General Encyclopedias
    • Subject Encyclopedias
  • Information Technology; Computer Science, Software/Hardware, Technology; Data processing; Programming ( programming for girls)
  • Almanacs
  • Library and Information science

Philosophy & Psychology

  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Ethics


  • Theory of religion
  • Bibles
  • Practice & Observations
  • History and Denominations
  • World religions
  • Caribbean religions


  • Linguistics
  • World languages
  • Dictionaries
  • Quotations
  • Thesaurus

Social Sciences

  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Afro Diaspora / Africana Studies
  • Politics and International Relions
  • Communication
  • Transport
  • Economics, Business, Commerce
  • Social studies
  • Law
  • Education
  • Early childhood education
  • Vocational and technical education
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Social work, Social Policy, Psychology and Social issues (bulling, violence, abuse, addiction)
  • Disabilities Studies

Natural Sciences & Math

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Earth sciences, Renewable energy
  • Natural Disasters
  • Environmental science
  • Life sciences, Biology, Zoology

Technology (Applied Science)

  • Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture, animal husbandry,
  • Business Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Human resources
  • Banking
  • Accounting and Auditing
  • Social Studies
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunication
  • Home economics; Arts and Crafts; Culinary; Sewing.
  • Mental Health


  • Architecture
  • Landscaping
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Arts
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport, Physical Education


  • Literature; Novels; Anthologies (all languages)
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Speeches
  • Letters
  • Humor & Satire
  • Adult Fiction
  • Children and Teenage Fiction – all regions

Geography, History & Biography

  • Geography and Maps/ Atlases
  • Biography, Autobiography, Memoir
  • Travel
  • History
  • Ancient world
  • Extraterrestrial worlds
  • African History
  • Asian History
  • European History
  • North American History
  • South American History
  • Central American History
  • Caribbean History

‘How to’ books (Handbooks)

  • Practical texts – all areas

Secondary/High School Text Books

Purchase CXC Study Guides

Accounting, Principles of Business, Social Studies, History, Mathematics, English, English Lit,  Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography, Music, Technical Drawing, Woodwork, Agricultural Science, Food and Nutrition, Integrated Science, Human and Social Biology, Physical Education, Information Technology, Electronic Document Preparation Management (EDPM), Electricity/electrical Engineering, French, Spanish



A post-Hurricane Maria Book Drive for the Dominica Library


Blue shipment barrels are ubiquitous throughout the Caribbean. Sent as material containers of love and support by family members overseas, these barrels often provide much needed necessities in times of scarcity.

On 18 September 2017 Hurricane Maria battered the island of Dominica, killing 31 and disappearing 34. Maria wrecked homes and tore off roofs, damaging 90% of the island’s buildings.

During the hurricane the Roseau library – a beautiful early 20th century building and the main public library on the island (of 70,000) – lost its roof, flooded and most of its books were destroyed.


The library is a well-used resource by Dominicans of all ages, particularly school children, tertiary college students and adults returning to study.

A tweet from a colleague, Schuyler Esprit, at the Dominica State College illustrates the extent of the damage:


In Dominica News Online, the island’s chief Librarian, Vernanda Raymond, described the loss of some 25,000 books as ‘heart wrenching’.



‘We have lost the majority of our reference collection, our adult circulation, our children circulation, our black history collection, a number of our first edition of our West Indian material which is so heart wrenching for us’.

“In terms of just [book] stock… we are in the range of $1.7-million [worth of damages]”.

How can you help:


Purchase a barrel + Download/print this sticker + begin collecting books

Post full barrels to:

The Chief Librarian, Victoria Street, Roseau, The Commonwealth of Dominica. 


The Book Barrel Project asks you to purchase/ donate:

One copy of your favorite book


And drop these to one of the following collection points: listed here.

This will enable us to ship as many barrels of much needed books to Dominica as possible to help the island to rebuild public literary resources after the storm.

Specifically requested are:

Officially Requested Subject Areas

  • Caribbean school text books
  • Texts on Dominica
  • Texts on Caribbean culture and history
  • Texts on Afro-diasporic/Black cultures, literature and history.
  • High quality fiction
  • High quality teen fiction
  • Academic and non-academic English language texts are welcome!

If you have any questions on what to send, kindly visit the contact section of this site and get in touch for more info.

This site has been developed as a collaboration between Dr Adom Philogene Heron and Dr Schuyler Esprit.