Students all across Belize now have free access to more than 20,000 online publications, because the Government of Belize has added EBSCO Publishing’s extensive e-library program to the list of educational resources available to students.

Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber and Chief Librarian for the Belize National Library Service, Joy Ysaguirre, announced the program’s advent last Thursday, October 24.

The program will grant students of all academic levels access to a database comprised of thousands of full text publications including journals, magazines, newspapers and more.

At the launch, EBSCO representative Eric Block explained that the bibliographic online library covers all areas of academic study and is employed by a wide spectrum of professionals, including universities, companies and even government ministries around the world.

Minister Faber emphasized that the service is free to everyone; all they need is Internet access and they’ll be able to access the database, even in the comfort of their home.

Chief Librarian Joy Ysaguirre explained that a potential subscriber would only need to contact the library service to obtain the password to access to the service.

Officials of the National Library Service have also informed The Reporter that training, geared towards acquainting students with the program, had commenced prior to the launch.

EBSCO Publishing is a subsidiary of the EBSCO Industries. Its primary function is to provide online databases to libraries around the world, a service that it provides through its proprietary software EBSCO host.

The Reporter