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8 Metro Manila libraries where you can do your school research

by Jillian CariolaPublished: May 15, 2017Updated: May 15, 2017

Some of the best places where you can buckle down on your schoolwork are these Metro Manila libraries

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During the school year, students will be doing various projects, writing papers, and taking multiple tests, all of which will require extensive research. While the Internet might provide you with the information in no time so you can finish your academic tasks, you might be hard-pressed to find some resources, such as antique volumes or older newspaper issues. And as any book lover will tell you, a nice hardcover or paperback provides a certain level of satisfaction and nostalgia that no e-book can replace.

In this case, Metro Manila’s libraries are your best friend, as they will provide you with not only the resources that you need, but also a place for you to peacefully pore over them. Whether you are looking for an extensive collection of research material for school research or just a quiet and relaxing space for reading, consider these public libraries as your next sanctuary.

 

Eight of the best Metro Manila libraries for school research MyProperty Philippines National Library
National Library of the Philippines. Photo by Franz Miko Verzon via Wikimedia Creative Commons

National Library of the Philippines

The National Library can trace its history to August 1887, when it was established as the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas. As of 2016, the library has a collection of 1,827,894 materials composed of books, manuscripts, newspaper issues, theses, and more references. But the most notable fact about the National Library is that it currently houses the most defining works of national hero Jose Rizal; namely, Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo, and Mi último adiós. Entrance is free, but remember to bring a valid ID to be allowed entry.

Address: T. M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila
Library hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8AM to 5PM
Nearby schools: Emilio Aguinaldo College, University of the Philippines Manila, Adamson University

 

Eight of the best Metro Manila libraries for school research MyProperty Philippines Cultural Center CCP Library
CCP Library. Photo by Giovanni G. Navata via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Center of the Philippines Library and Archives

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Library and Archives possesses a collection of reference materials about the arts, culture, history, and humanities of the Philippines and the world. Their materials include art books, film/theater photos and scripts, manuscripts, audio/video tapes, and various memorabilia. Paid services include audio/video dubbing, slide duplication, photocopying, and scheduled listening/viewing. Entrance is free.

Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Library hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 8AM to 5PM
Nearby schools: De La Salle University, St. Scholastica’s College, Arellano University

 

Filipinas Heritage Library

The Filipinas Heritage Library operates under the Ayala Foundation, Inc., providing research materials about the Philippines through information technology and telecommunications. Inside is a collection that includes 2,000 volumes on the Philippines printed before 1946, more than 12,000 volumes of monographs dating to 1946, over 35,000 photographs, more than 400 audio and video materials in various formats. Special collections include the Rizaliana, Photography, Museology, and the Ayala corner that features non-Filipiniana resources. To gain access to the library, present a personal ID that will be temporarily exchanged for a library ID.

Address: 6/F Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor. Dela Rosa St., Makati City
Library hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9AM to 6PM (except holidays)
Nearby schools: iAcademy, Centro Escolar University, Makati Medical Center College of Nursing

 

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Benpres Building, the location of the Lopez Museum and Library. Photo by the Lopez Museum via Wikimedia Commons

Lopez Museum and Library

Inaugurated in 1960, the Lopez Museum and Library is the oldest privately owned and managed museum and library with a focus on Philippine material. The institution houses a collection that includes over 21,000 titles, as well as 500 museum pieces that include personal effects of national hero Jose Rizal and works by famed Filipino artists Juan Luna and Felix P. Resurrección Hidalgo. The library is the collection of Don Eugenio López who, as an enthusiast for rare pieces, filled his collection with books and manuscripts purchased from antique shops and book dealers here, in America, and in Europe. Aside from books, the Lopez Museum and Library also boasts an extensive collection of maps; a total of 356 pieces displaying the early world of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Philippines. Admission is Php100 for adults and Php80 for students and senior citizens.

Address: G/F Benpres Bldg., Exchange Road cor. Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Library hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 8AM to 5PM
Nearby schools: University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig Catholic College, Ateneo de Manila University School of Public Health and Medicine

 

Quezon City Public Library

Founded in August 1948, the Quezon City Public Library is the largest public library in Metro Manila, with one main building behind Quezon City Hall and 21 other libraries scattered across the city. The current collection is composed of almost 18,000 books and 90 multimedia materials, as well as 71 computer stations that Quezon City residents can freely use for encoding and accessing the Internet. Research materials are organized in different sections; namely, General Reference, Filipiniana and Local History Collections, Law Research, Periodicals/Government Publications, Multimedia and Internet Services, and Children’s Corner. A library card is issued to all users, so be sure to bring a pen and two pieces of 1x1 recent ID picture for the application form and card if visiting for the first time.

Address: Gate 7 Quezon City Hall Compound, Barangay Central, Quezon City
Library hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8AM to 5PM; Saturdays, 8AM to 4PM
Nearby schools: University of the Philippines Diliman, University of Perpetual Help Rizal, St. Mary’s College

 

Eight of the best Metro Manila libraries for school research MyProperty Philippines Goethe-Institut Library
Goethe-Institut Manila. Photo by Sangchaud via Wikimedia Commons

Goethe-Institut Manila Library

For those looking for material about Germany, Goethe-Institut Manila Library houses a collection of English translations of books by German authors, German daily newspapers and magazines, reference books and dictionaries, films, computers with broadband access, and multimedia-based materials. The institute also has an e-Library and a translation program. Membership is required to access the library; the annual fee is Php800 for adults and Php500 for students.

Address: Adamson Center, 121 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Library hours: Mondays to Fridays, 12PM to 6PM
Nearby school: Ateneo de Manila University Salcedo Campus, Canadian American School, Mapua Institute of Technology Makati

 

Ortigas Foundation Inc. Library

Inside the walls of the Ortigas Foundation Inc. (OFI) Library are almost 21,000 pieces composed of books, serials, images, and documents about the history of the Philippines. Among the collection are Filipiniana books dating back to the 17th century, as well as photographs, postcards, stereoviews, and illustrated material starting from the 1860s to postwar Philippines. Entrance is free.

Address: 2/Floor Ortigas Building, Ortigas corner Meralco Avenues, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Library hours: Mondays to Saturdays; 8AM to 6PM
Nearby schools: Polytechnic University of the Philippines San Juan Campus, University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig Catholic College

 

Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines Library

Established in 2011, the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KKC) Library contains Korean-related information spanning social sciences, history, literature, language, culture, and the arts. Their collection of over 4,000 titles consists of books, journals, and magazines, as well as multimedia materials like K-Pop CDs and K-movies and drama DVDs. One unique feature of the KKC Library is that in lieu of standard tables and chairs, the reading area is furnished with Korean traditional low tables and cushion seats. Entrance is free, but members who pay a fee of Php200 (Php100 for students) can receive special perks such as borrowing books, free Internet access using their computers, and use of CDs/DVDs (room use only).

Address: 2/F Mancor Corporate Center, 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Library hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9AM to 6PM (lunch break: 12PM to 1:30PM)
Nearby schools: Global City Innovative College, The British School Manila

 

Sources: nlp.gov.ph, National Library of the Philippines Facebook page, culturalcenter.gov.ph, filipinaslibrary.org.ph, lopez-museum.com, qcpubliclibrary.org, The Quezon City Public Library Facebook page, goethe.de, ortigasfoundationlibrary.com.ph, phil.korean-culture.org

Main photo via Depositphotos.com

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