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The Derrick B. Jelliffe Library

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Welcome to the web page of the Derrick B. Jelliffe Library of the CFNI, the Caribbean's largest source of Nutrition information! Learn about the operations of the library, its facilities and services, its resources and its role in the Virtual Health Library (VHL).


One of the major activities of the library is the staging of displays and exhibitions that highlight the work of the Institute.The library also represents the Institute at health fairs and workshops. Click here for details of the most recent displays and exhibition that the library staff staged.

The library also serves as the focal point for the dissemination of materials published by the Institute or about the Institute. Click here to view samples of such publications.

The Derrick B. Jelliffe Library

The provision of Nutrition Information Service is an integral part of the functions and activities of CFNI. This function is carried out through the library, which has been named after Dr. Derrick B. Jelliffe, a pioneer of health in the Caribbean and the first Director of the CFNI.

The library serves as the main information dissemination centre for the Institute with an important focus on the provision of nutrition information to support nutrition programmes throughout the member countries of the Caribbean region.

A key collection of nutrition informational materials is maintained as a branch library on the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.


Facilities and Services

The library's official opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Facilities and services of the library are opened to the general public. The use of the physical facility is allowed for studying and conducting research.
The services offered include:
  • Reference
  • Current awareness
  • Loan
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Internet access for research
  • Photocopying


 The DBJL holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of materials in food and nutrition with a Caribbean focus and a wide coverage of subject areas within the field of nutrition and public health. The subject coverage includes nutrition-related diseases, food preparation and safety, child nutrition and development and nutrition promotion.

The resources at the DBJL comprise a variety of materials including a core collection of items from Dr. Jelliffe's personal library, periodicals, books, pamphlets, slides, newspaper clippings, posters and charts, audiovisual and reference materials and informational materials on CD ROMs. Chief among the print resources in the library are technical documents and reports.

Other important resources are traditional card and automated catalogues (WINISIS), electronic indexes to the Institute's two major publications: CAJANUS (Cajindex) and Nyam News, and databases, publications for sale and for free distribution.

Virtual Health Library (VHL)

Learn more about the DBJL library's involvement in the VHL initiative.


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