Old Public Library


This site is on the Heritage Asset Inventory which is the official list of Trinidad and Tobago’s historic sites that are worthy of notation and preservation. The register is authorized by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago’s Council and is by no means exhaustive. The sites on the Heritage Asset Register are not owned by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago. The Trust welcomes any historical information and oral histories the public wishes to share with us concerning this site via the feedback form.

This perfectly proportioned and symmetrical building was built in following the Classical Revival style. The main entrance is identified by a triangular pediment with the inscription “1901 Public Library” and the ground floor entrance is protected by a protruding balcony. The front elevation is further enhanced by bringing forward, on both floors, the arch and columns that identify the entrance.

This imposing edifice is a custom-built library of historical significance, it was constructed in 1901 at the corner of Pembroke and Knox streets on the site of the house of Trinidad’s first British Governor, Sir Thomas Picton. It was opened to the public in April 1902.


Property of interest located on a parcel of land situated in the City of Port of Spain, bounded on the north and east by the Port of Spain City Hall, on the south by Knox Street and on the west by Pembroke Street.


Other Known Name: Trinidad Public Library Building

Address: Corner Knox and Pembroke Streets

Town/City: Port of Spain

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Public

Public Accessibility: Limited Access

Grade: Grade 3 – Property in which there may be allowed (a) Alterations to international non-structural components and roof cladding material; or (b) specified alterations to internal structure.

Cultural Community: British

Site Features: Public Buildings


Corner Knox and Pembroke Streets, Port of Spain