Rebel Women Lit (RWL) is reopening its free lending library, providing access to hundreds of curated Caribbean, African, queer, feminist, radical, and literary fictional books.
The RWL Library, founded by CEO Jherane Patmore, is part of RWL’s broader mission to create a diverse, and accessible bibliotherapy community.
Located in Kingston, the RL Library is open to everyone in Jamaica with free and paid membership options costing only $5,000 a year.
The library offers islandwide delivery of books using the Jamaica Postal Service and Knutsford Express and weekly pick-up options for those based in Kingston. The collection features books covering a wide range of topics and genres, ensuring that there is something for everyone, including book lovers, academics, and those seeking inspiration.
The library was created with the goal of ensuring that books remain accessible to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.
“While we have an online bookstore, we still believe that access to books and information should not be a privilege reserved for those who can afford to own their books,” said Patmore.
“Our library is open to everyone in Jamaica, and we’re excited to provide a space where people can read, learn, and grow.”
The WVL Library is a space where anyone can come to borrow books, and membership is not required to access the collection. Donations to the library are welcomed, but not required. The library is run by the knowledgeable and friendly librarian, Jessica Lewis, who is always on hand to assist visitors in finding the right book for their needs.
“We encourage everyone to be kind to our librarian, the books, and the community,” said Patmore.
“The library is a space for everyone, and we hope that it will become a hub of learning, growth, and community for people throughout Jamaica.”