University Library

The University Library, UP Diliman

The University Library of UP Diliman encompasses one Main Library and 36 College or Unit Libraries. Adding to all of the other libraries throughout the entirety of the Universities of the Philippines, there are a total of 42 libraries overall including the one in Pampanga. The main library envisions global information exchange throughout the UP Library System. It is mandated to be the information resource center of excellence in the social sciences, humanities, and basic sciences. It strives for full automation, a world-class collection, and a staff of thoroughly modern information professionals.

The University Library was officially established by the Board of Regents in 1922, fourteen years after the founding of the University of the Philippines in 1908. The Main Library was the first building to be constructed after the university transferred from its original site in Manila to the Diliman campus. Construction of the building was started in May 1949, four months after the transfer, and finished in June 1950, with completion on January of 1951. The University Library, which was at the same time designated as the Department of Library Science, was placed on equal level with other departments of instruction for the services of all colleges of the university.

Between the years 1908 to 1922 University constituents made use of small libraries in the various units and colleges of the university and government libraries in Manila for their research and information needs.

The UP Diliman Library Collections have been developed in aid of teaching, research, and extension work in the disciplines designated to Diliman. Topping the list of choice collections in UP Diliman are the Filipiniana Collections, which come in print, non-print and digital forms.

The Main Library, Gonzalez Hall

Gonzalez Hall

The Main Library, which is the seat of library administration, is situated at Gonzalez Hall in the middle of the academic oval. This was intended as to portray that it is the "heart" of all the colleges present around the academic oval. It is organized into three major divisions which covers the various functional sections: (a) Technical Services Division which formulates and adopts standard acquisition, cataloging and indexing policies and procedures, (b) Administrative Services which provides support to the functional sections/units of the Library, and (c) User Education and Services Division which lends books and provides reference, research, and bibliographic services; maintains and preserves books, documents, and archival materials; undertakes user education programs; and maintains computerized database applications.

It consists of eight (8) readers services sections (Filipiniana Books, Filipiniana Serials, Special Collections, Media Services, General Reference and Electronic Resources, Social Sciences, Foreign Serials, and the University Archives and Records Depository); four (4) technical sections (Acquisitions, Bibliography and Indexing / R & D, Cataloging and Computer Services); and the Administrative Services Department. The bulk of the library collection in the social sciences, general reference, foreign serials, UPiana and other special collections are found in the Main Library.

The Library’s print and non-book collection is complemented and updated by an extensive and multidisciplinary state-of-the-art electronic (CD-ROMs and online) databases which are accessible throughout the UP system. In the Main Library alone, there are 30 OPAC terminals in the first floor lobby and 24 CD-ROM/Internet browsers in the General Reference and Electronic Resources Section, made available to library users from 8:00 AM to 12 midnight on weekdays and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays. Several computers are also provided in the other sections for library client and staff use as well. To safeguard and at the same time facilitate the circulation of library materials, a library security system with its prerequisite barcodes, barcode reader, magnetic strips, sensitizer-desensitizers and a closed circuit television were installed in the Main Library and other college/unit libraries.

The University Library logo
U.P. Logo

The eagle is the bird depicted in the logo. Its wings widespread symbolize the vision of the University to be a center of academic freedom. It also represents the UP students who are trained to offer their lives in the service of the Filipino people. Controversial with the logo is its connection with the bald eagle that could be located in the Great Seal of the President of the United States. This is because the University logo and the eagle itself is patterned after the latter.

The eagle in the official seal holds a shield that carries different symbols for agriculture, engineering, and science, the three fields where the University has been known for. Until today, UP takes pride in these three areas of knowledge as it remains one of the Centers of Excellence in the Philippines, as approved by the Commission on Higher Education. [1]

College/Unit Libraries

  • Archaeological Studies
  • Arts and Letters (CAL)
  • Architecture
  • Asian Center
  • Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT)
  • Business Administration
  • Center for Nationalist Studies (CNS)
  • Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS)
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering I
  • Engineering II
  • Film Center
  • Fine Arts
  • Home Economics
  • Human Kinetics
  • Integrated School
  • Islamic Studies
  • Institute for Small-Scale Industries (ISSI)
  • Labor & Industrial Relations (SOLAIR)
  • Law
  • Library & Information Studies
  • Marine Science
  • Mass Communication
  • Music
  • National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS)
  • National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED)
  • Pampanga
  • Population Institute
  • Public Administration
  • Science
  • Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD)
  • Statistics
  • Technology Management
  • Third World Studies
  • Urban & Regional Planning


The first librarian of U.P. was Miss Mary Polk, an American Assistant Professor of Library Science. She initiated the foundation of a modern library in the university with her 10-year library development program which focused on an adequate book fund, a permanent library building, and a sufficiently trained, experienced, and organized staff.

Every University Librarian since the University Library was established in 1922 has grappled with four basic concerns: the book fund, staff development, library services, and information technology. The main objectives set out by the planers of the current Gonzalez hall were computerized networking, building renovation, and writing the definitive history of the UP libraries. The networking project was coupled with an infrastructure project. The infrastructure of Gonzalez Hall was designed by the university's first architect, upon transferring to Diliman, Cesar Concio. And even the national artist Juan P. Nakpil was a member of the architectural staff. The size of the building itself is a remarkable feat measuring 102.75 meters long and 20.55 meters wide as originally planned and supposedly had 4 floors with 8 decks, however only 5 decks are in use today.

Other notable librarians regarding the history of the main library:

Gabriel A. Bernardo (1924-1957) built the Library in Padre Faura, giving it the reputation of being the best in Asia before the War. He rehabilitated and rebuilt the Library in Diliman after the War.

Marina G. Dayrit (1963-1981) systematized library services and the staff training, beefed up the library collection through Ford Foundation grants, developed the Filipiniana Special Collections and Archives, and initiated microfilming and computerization. Atty. Myrna S. Feliciano, College of Law Librarian, was officer-in-charge from 1981 until 1984.

Filomena M. Tann (1984-1986) decentralized acquisition and cataloging processes in accordance with revised policies and reorganization of the University Library System as approved by the Board of Regents.

Belen B. Angeles (1987-1999) obtained a Ford-Mellon grant to develop the humanities, social sciences, and general science collections and to purchase license to use CDS/ISIS. She opened Media Services, converted the Filipiniana Collection to machine-readable form, opened the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), and enabled CD-ROM and INTERNET services.

Salvacion M. Arlante (1999-2012) launched the University Library Web site; purchased the integrated library system MAELISA; pursued and implemented the in-house developed Integrated Library System (iLib); adopted the policy of access versus holdings; promoted the welfare of the Research, Extension and Professional Staff; and is exploring alternative information technologies.

Rodolfo Y. Tarlit (2012-2014)

Chito N. Angeles (2014-present)


To provide library users:

  • the best access to the information that they need in support of instruction, research and extension
  • the best information services through the use of the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) as applied in libraries


You can visit us at the Main Library Building, Gonzalez Hall Apacible St., University of the Philippines Diliman. We are located between the Sunken Garden and UP Lagoon.

Named after former U.P. President Bienvenido Maria S. Gonzalez (1939-1951), the Main Library Building was the first building to be constructed after the University transferred from its original site in Manila to the Diliman campus. Construction of the building was started in May 1949, four months after the transfer, and finished in June 1950.

The Main Library Building stands in the very midst of the academic buildings in Diliman. It is rectangular, measuring 102.75 meters long and 20.55 meters wide, with four floors including the basement. It has a stacks unit jutting to the rear from the center, measuring 27.40 meters long and 30.55 meter wide, with provisions for 8 decks of which only five are complete to date. The decision to construct the Main Library at the center of the academic square accounts for its poor geographical orientation. In order to align it with the other buildings, its entire length runs from north to south, so that the building faces east and west, exposing readers inside to the glare of the sun the whole day.

The exterior of the building has a touch of the classic by the presence of columns along the frontage. Four massive columns extending upward to the fourth floor line the porch facing the main entrance, with an additional four columns each on both sides of the porch reaching up to the third floor. Access to the main entrance is provided by an 18-step stairway.

The building is modular in design and function. The structural bay measures 6.85 meters. Internally its fixed commitments consist only of the stairs, elevator and toilets. Maximum flexibility of physical lay-out is provided by the absence of load-bearing partitions, the continuous ceiling, and modular lighting.

Services and Facilities

  • Bibliography & indexing
  • Ask-a-Librarian (virtual reference)
  • Database searching
  • Current awareness services
  • Document delivery
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Referrals to other libraries
  • Interactive Virtual Tour Emulation (INVITE)
  • Research Made Easy @ Your Library (information literacy program)
  • Listen and Learn @ Your Library (Online library instruction)
  • Extended reading (at the General Reference and Electronic Resources Section)
  • Extended check in/out (Filipiniana Books, Social Sciences and SLIS library collections)
  • Learning Commons (at the Engineering Library II)
  • Dubbing service
  • Reader’s advisory
  • Internet access
  • Wi-Fi® (Wireless Fidelity) network
  • Microfilm reading and scanning
  • WebOPAC
  • Photocopying
  • Preservation
  • Printing
  • Digitization
  • Audiovisual rooms
  • Discussion rooms
  • Reading zone
  • Bindery
  • Microfilm laboratory
  • Barcode and library security machines
  • CDS/ISIS & iLib software

Service Hours

  • Administrative Services -- M-F 8-12; 1-5
  • Filipiniana Books -- M-S 8-5
  • Filipiniana Serials -- M-S 8-5
  • Filipiniana Special Collections -- M-F 8-12; 1-5
  • Foreign Serials -- M-F 8-5; S 8-12
  • General Reference & Electronic Resources -- M-F 8-12MN; S 8-5
  • Media Services -- M-F 8-5; S 8-12
  • Social Sciences -- M-S 8-5
  • University Archives -- M-F 8-5; S 8-12
  • College/unit libraries have varying service hours. Please visit our website,, for information.


Current collections include 1,095,354 volumes of books and non-books; 16,698 titles of serials; 234 electronic books; and subscription to 25 major online databases including the Philippine eLib.

General Reference includes e-books, online subscriptions, CD/DVD-ROMs, foreign and Filipiniana reference books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, directories, almanacs, yearbooks, etc. Room-use only.

Social Sciences compose of foreign books in the fields of philosophy, religion, history, geography, anthropology, population, linguistics, sociology, and political science.

Filipiniana Books include printed books in the Philippines; books about the Philippines regardless of author, language and publisher’s imprint; and books published by Filipinos in any subject.

Serials include Filipiniana and foreign scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers. Filipiniana Special Collections include rare books, books in personal papers of Filipiniana and Archives Sections, microforms, tapes diskettes, government documents, maps, speeches, seminar papers, vertical file, artworks and other rare collections. Room-use only.

Microforms are produced microfilm copies of personal papers and records at the UARD, rare Filipiniana books and periodicals. Room-use only.

Audio-visual Materials include videotapes, computer discs, audio cassettes, slides and kits. Room-use only.

University Archives contains university records,personal papers of University administrators, faculty & University Student Council officers, theses and dissertations, and UP official publications. Room-use only.

Bulwagan ng Dangal

The Bulwagan ng Dangal (Hall of Honor) is the newest and largest exhibition hall in the University of the Philippines Diliman. Located at the basement of the Gonzalez Hall (University Library), it was inaugurated on 18 June 2009, the 101st Foundation Day of the University. In a brief program, University Librarian Prof. Salvacion M. Arlante welcomed the guests while Office of the Initiatives for Culture and the Arts (OICA) Director Prof. Ruben Defeo described a brief background of this endeavor. UP President Emerlinda Roman, UP Diliman Chancellor Sergio Cao and National Artists Virgilio Almario and Napoleon Abueva, together with former UP president Dr. Emanuel Soriano and Regent Nelia Gonzales untied the ceremonial ribbon, marking the opening of the Bulwagan.

With the opening of the Bulwagan, Prof. Arlante noted that “In the modern concept, the university now has a library, an archives and a museum all in one place.” Its central location further emphasizes its focal presence as the geographic and cultural heart of the university. Dr. GERARD LICO, the Campus Architect and professor at the College of Architecture designed the basement of the Gonzalez Hall to serve its new purpose as an exhibit space. [2]




Library Jingle

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UP Library Song by Skinijins KABOOM Media:UP Library song by Skinijins KABOOM.mp3

Library Users

Use of Libraries by Members. The following members of the UP System may use the library resources subject to the rules and regulations governing their use:

  • All bona fide students, faculty, employees, members of the Board of Regents, and officials of the University
  • Retired faculty members specifically granted off-campus-reading privileges by the Board of Regents
  • Visiting scholars with university appointments
  • Cross registrants from other colleges and universities, and special students

Use of Libraries by Non-members. The following non-members of the University may use the library resources within library premises subject to the rules and regulations governing their use:

  • Alumni, former faculty members, and students honorably discharged from the University
  • Graduate students from other schools
  • Government and private researchers

Requirements for Library Access

Students who are currently enrolled, regular faculty and staff of UP may use the library upon presentation of a valid ID. UP Webmail account is required for iLib transactions e.g. viewing of e-Library Card, book reservation, etc.

Alumni and former faculty and staff may use the library upon presentation of a valid ID and proof of former UP status. They are issued a special library card which entitles them to free use of the library for five (5) days per semester or summer; after which they pay a research fee of Php20.00/day or Php450.00/year.

Government researchers may use the library upon presentation of a valid office ID and referral letter from the office’s Head or Librarian. They are issued a special library card which entitles them to free use of the library for five (5) days per semester or summer, after which they pay a research fee of Php20.00/day; Php450.00/semester; or Php300.00/summer.

Private researchers and graduate students from other schools may use the library on Wednesdays only, upon presentation of a valid office or school ID and referral letter from the office’s or school’s head librarian. They will be issued a special library card upon payment of a research fee of PHP50.00/day; PHP450.00/semester; or PHP300.00/summer.

The Main Library is not accepting high school and undergraduate students from other schools. However, some college/unit libraries do accept e.g. Engineering Libraries, Science Library, etc. For more information, please visit our website [3].  


  • Undergraduate students
  • 5 circulation books for 2 weeks
  • 2 reserve books for overnight
  • Graduate students
  • 10 circulation books for 2 week
  • 2 reserve books for overnight
  • Faculty
  • 10 circulation books for 1 month
  • Serials (non-current) for 1 week
  • Said materials are renewal only once
  • Research, Extension and Professional Staff (REPS)
  • 10 circulation books for 2 weeks
  • Administrative Staff
  • 5 circulation books for 2 weeks
  • Non-UP clients
  • Room-use only

Library Fines

  • Circulation Book: Php2.00/day exclusive of Sundays and Holidays
  • Reserve Book: Php1.00 for first hour; Php5.00 for succeeding hours; Php50.00 for one full day inclusive of Sundays and Holidays
  • Lost Book: Replacement or good photocopy of same title. Replacement of another title to be approved by the faculty/librarian or payment of its current value plus 50% of the cost of the book or photocopy cost.

If lost book is found, a fine of Php2.00/day is computed from the due date until date of return, but not to exceed the current cost of the book. If current cost cannot be assessed for certain materials, e.g. Filipiniana materials, 50% will be added to the acquisition cost.

Library Fees[4]


Withdrawal of a Reserve Book Without a Reservation Permit. Any person who draws out a reserve book for overnight use without an approved reservation shall pay a fine of P50.00. On his/her second offense the person’s privilege to borrow from the reserve collections shall be suspended for two (2) weeks.

Violations of the Use of Special Collections and Archival Materials. Infraction of the rule on the use of special collections and archival materials shall mean suspension of library privileges not exceeding one month.

Failure to Return a General Reference Book and Other Restricted Materials Borrowed for Photocopying Purposes. Any person who fails to return these types of materials after photocopying shall pay a fine of P50.00 On his/her second offense the person’s privilege to use the library will be suspended for one (1) week. Failure to Return a Library Material After Recall. Any person who fails to return a book within forty-eight (48) hours after recall shall pay a fine of P2.00 a day exclusive of Sundays and holidays.

Mutilating or Stealing Library Properties. Any person who defaces, mutilates, appropriates for himself, or steals any library material or property shall after due process replace it or pay its replacement value and a fine of not less than three hundred pesos (P300.00) but not more than 50% of the cost of the book of whichever is higher. In appropriate cases, an additional penalty of suspension or expulsion may be imposed after due process, by the Chancellor upon recommendation of the Librarian through the Dean or Director.

Falsification and Use of Someone Else’s Identification Card or Borrower’s Card. Any person who falsifies or uses an identification card or borrower’s card other than his/her own shall after due process have his/her library privileges suspended for not more than a semester.

Library Instructions

How to request for document delivery?

How to request for library orientation?

How to request for extended reading?

How to Check Out Reserve Books?

How to Reserve Books on Loan?

Do you Need a Book? Search the WebOPAC.

iLib: Integrated Library System is an in-house developed library system for UP. iLib is customized based on the needs of the library users and is being deployed in all Constituent Units (CUs) throughout the UP System.

Why Use the WebOPAC (iLib)?

  • To find books, journals, thesis, audiovisual, etc.
  • To view a list of items on loan to you
  • To reserve book on loan
  • To check on fines & recalls
  • To find out what is on Reserve for your courses
  • To find the latest titles received
  • To recommend titles for purchase
  • And more…

How to Search the WebOPAC?

  • Simply type your search expression and click the "Search" button using the Basic Search or Advanced Search interface
  • Using the drop down menu, you may limit your search by Title, Author, Subject, Call Number, or Any field
  • From the search results page, click the Title of the item to view the brief and full bibliographic details
  • Note the call number and the location of the item you wish to borrow
  • Log in using your UP Webmail account to reserve books that are already on loan
  • To print or e-mail a list of items you need, select the item and click “Add to cart” button. * Then, click the “View cart” button under the Online Catalog menu. Select again the items in the cart, then click the “Preview” button
  • Press the “Print this page” button or “Send as email” button

Listen and Learn:

How to Find Newspaper Articles?

Index to Philippine Newspapers (IPN)

  • Web-based name-subject index to newspapers published in the Philippines
  • ISIS-based stand-alone terminals located at the Filipiniana Serials Section
  • Print (1981 to date) and computerized version (1984 to date)
  • Uses Boolean operators, phrase and root keywords

How to Search the IPN?

  • Go to the University Library website
  • Click the “Index to Philippine Newspaper” link
  • Click the “Search Index” button to begin your search
  • Type your keyword and click the “Search” button
  • You may limit your search by newspaper title and date of publication
  • Click the “Browse” button to browse the indexed issues by newspaper titles

Listen and Learn: How to search the Index to Philippine Newspapers

How to Find Articles from e-Journals and e-Books?

  • Go to the library website
  • To find a database, click the “Online Subscriptions” link under the “Electronic Resources” menu
  • Define your search terms
  • Translate your enquiry or assignment topic into terms the database can understand
  • Nouns or noun phrases are best
  • Start searching using the basic search or advanced search interface

Listen and Learn: How to find Academic Articles

Contact Us

The University Library University of the Philippines Diliman Gonzalez Hall Apacible St., Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines

Tel. Nos. (632) 981-8500 Local 2852 Telefax : (632) 981-8500 Local 2851

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