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Miguel de Benavides Library
The UST Miguel de Benavides Library is housed in a six-storey building facing Dapitan Street. Seventeen sections and the four branch libraries (Ecclesiastical Faculties, Health Sciences, UST High School and Education High School) which are housed in different buildings, comprise the UST Library. The collection of each section / branch varies according to courses offered by the University. The Library Staff is headed by the Prefect of Libraries and the Chief Librarian. There are 29 professionally trained librarians, 24 support staff and 80 working scholars.
The University Library can be considered as the oldest in the country. The first seeds were planted when in the early 17th century “the founder,” Fr. Miguel de Benavides and other benefactors such as Fr. Diego Soria and Hernando de Los Rios Coronel, donated their private collections for a future college. Through the history of the University other Dominicans contributed books indispensable in the education for the priesthood and other sciences.
Originally, the Library was located at the University Building in Intramuros. Later, it expanded to occupy other buildings such as San Jose, San Juan de Dios Hospital, etc. After the destruction of UST in Intramuros it was transferred to Sampaloc campus, Main Building.
As the collection increased with the opening of new courses, the library grew to occupy one whole wing of the ground floor of the Main Building and other rooms in the different buildings.
In 1985, the long awaited dream of an exclusive building for the library finally materialized, and on October 29, 1989, the UST Central Library Building was inaugurated.
The University Library has completed its transformation from a manually operated library to a fully automated one, and is presently engaged in the development of a virtual library.
The University of Santo Tomas Library is known as the Miguel de Benavides Library, after its founder Fray Miguel de Benavides, O.P. The decision was taken in time to commemorate the quadricentennial of the death of Benavides and the 400 years of existence of the library.
The University Library takes pride as it shares in the fulfillment of the University’s mission, a continued commitment to serve its patrons beyond its four hundredth year anniversary.
The UST Miguel de Benavides library, inspired by its model, St. Thomas Aquinas, affirms and commits itself:
- to provide its clients with timely access to a continuously expanding library collection;
- to promote interest in reading and research work among the community;
- to participate in global information exchange and community development;
- to pursue the professional advancement of its staff;
- to preserve the rich heritage of the university.
The UST Miguel de Benavides Library envisions itself to be a leading academic Information Resource Center of the Philippines by delivering world class library and information services to meet the needs of the local and international community through service excellence.
- Prefect of Libraries: Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P.
- Chief Librarian: Estrella S. Majuelo
- Library Council:
Narcelita Lane T. Olamit
Ma. Cecilia D. Lobo
Regular Semesters – 8:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday
Summer Classes – 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday
The library is closed to researchers on Semestral Break as well as during University Holidays and National Holidays.
Readers and Research Advising Services. Direct instruction and assistance are given to patrons regarding the use of reference resources and facilities of the library. This provides assistance in the selection of books and other information sources on any given subject.
Library User Education. This includes library orientation and electronic resources tutorial to teach library research skills and promote information literacy.
Current Awareness Services. This is to inform the users about new acquisitions in the library through the library website.
Referral. Referral letters are issued to those who need to acquire materials from other libraries in case such materials are not available in the Library.
Interlibrary Loan Service. It is the process of sharing resources among libraries. If the library does not have the book and journal articles you need, the library may obtain from another library which is also a member of the resource-sharing.
Document Delivery. This service is simple requests like photocopying of desired materials from print and non-print formats.
Reprographic Services: Photocopying, Microfilm Reader/Printer, Printing, and Scanning Services.
UST Miguel de Benavides Library
España, Manila 1015 Philippines
Tel: (632) 731-3034; Fax: (632) 740-9709