Feleti Barstow Public Library

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Feleti Barstow Public Library is the main library in American Samoa, and is located in the village of Utulei in Maoputasi County. It is the central public library for the territory and is situated immediately across from the Office of Tourism, next to the Executive Office Building, and just behind Samoana High School.[1][2] Besides a permanent display depicting American Samoa’s involvement in the Apollo Space Program, the library has also worked with the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office (ASHPO) since 2000 at creating a historic Polynesian Photo Archive. The goal of the project has been to electronically catalog and archive around 6,000 still and moving images of Polynesia which were collected by the American Samoa Government.[3] The library has an extensive Pacific Collection which houses articles, books, and reports relevant to Pacific- and Samoan history. A large collection of photographs are stored in its Polynesian Photo Archive, which is a subset of their Pacific Collection.[4]


The library building was constructed with the Department of the Interior appropriations. It also received $60,000 from the Barstow Foundation to buy its opening stock of books. The library opened by the Fagatogo dockside in April 1973.[5]

Hurricane Val caused irreparable damage to the former library in 1991, and as a result of executive order 09-1991, a new public library was set to be developed. Construction on the new library was completed in 1998 and the library officially opened on April 17, 2000, during American Samoa's Centennial Flag Day celebrations. In 2005, the library held over 27,000 items and had 13,000 card members.[6]

An Apollo 11 fiftieth anniversary exhibit was held at the library in July 2019, in order to mark the milestone of 50 years since the first moon landing. First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga was among those present attending the exhibit opening. A gallery was part of the exhibit and included photographs of the airport welcoming for the astronauts and a photo of President Richard Nixon presenting the American Samoa flag and moon rocks to Governor John Morse Haydon. The exhibition was produced by Felipe Barstow Public Library, Jean P. Haydon Museum, and the Office of Archives.[7]


  1. ^ Talbot, Dorinda and Deanna Swaney (1998). Samoa. Lonely Planet. Page 158. ISBN 9780864425553.
  2. ^ Stanley, David (1993). South Pacific Handbook. David Stanley. Page 367. ISBN 9780918373991.
  3. ^ http://ashpo.com/downloads/library/2002-ashpo_plan.pdf (Page 10)
  4. ^ http://ashpo.com/index.php/research.html
  5. ^ Sunia, Fofo I.F. (2009). A History of American Samoa. Amerika Samoa Humanities Council. Pages 230 and 307. ISBN 9781573062992.
  6. ^ https://www.feletibarstow.org/history/index.html
  7. ^ http://www.samoanews.com/lali/tala-vaifanua-214

Coordinates: 14°16′51″S 170°41′03″W / 14.28074°S 170.68408°W / -14.28074; -170.68408