Mission statement

To provide timely, relevant and efficient library and information services for the cultural, social, economic and intellectual development of Suva, including its business community.


The Suva City Carnegie Library is a public library which serves the Central and Eastern Division of Fiji.


The foundation stone was laid by the Governor of Fiji, Sir Everard Imthurn, on 1st September

Andrew Carnegie, an American iron and steel manufacturer provided the grant that enabled the completion of the central portion of the present library building. The library was opened to the public on the 20th November and was known as the Carnegie Library.

A Children’s wing established

Two wings on either side of the original structure were added.

Through a resolution adopted by the then Suva City Council changed the name to Suva City Library.

A 7ton Bedford truck was used as a mobile library to serve Primary Schools.

The 7ton truck was replaced by a vehicle provided by the Embassy and the people of Japan.

The Children’s Library were demolished to make way for the construction of the Civic Tower Building and is now accommodated within the main library.

Free Library internet implemented by ITC Services through Government’s eGov project.

New Zealand Aid refurbished and donated new books to the Children’s library in July.

To commemorate the library’s centennial anniversary, the building was renovated, name changed to Suva City Carnegie Library in January.

In September, Mr William Thomson CBE (family member of the late Mr Andrew Carnegie) was invited to officiate as Chief Guest for the Centennial anniversary and launch a book titled Suva City Carnegie Library 100th anniversary 1908-2008 by Isimeli Cerelala and Frances Pene was published.

In June Mr Robert De Raeve (EU) launched the EU Info Point which consists of EU reports, periodicals and 2 computers with free Internet to access the EU website. This was a three year partnership between the European Union and Suva City Council.

In August the Library’s User-pay Internet service began operations.

10 computers were donated to the library on 21st September 2011 by the Embassy of the Republic of China.

In August a new library mobile was gifted to the library by the High Commission of India.

Hours of Opening

9.30am to 6.00pm

9.00am to 1.00pm

Membership & entitlements

2 children’s books

4 books, inclusive of 2 children’s books

4 books, inclusive of 2 children’s books

Membership criteria

  • Complete and sign membership form
  • Show proof of your current postal address
  • Membership is not instant. There is a 1 week processing period.

Membership forms

(i) Adult, Visitor and Tertiary students application form
(ii) Secondary students & Children’s application form

LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP (excerpt from Rules & Regulations of the library)
Registration criteria

i. Complete and sign membership form
ii. Show proof of your current postal address
iii. Membership is NOT instant. There is a 1 week processing period.