Miguel de Benavides Library

Our Identity

The UST Miguel de Benavides Library is housed in a six-storey building along Alberto Drive of the UST campus facing Dapitan Street. it has sixteen sections and five branch libraries which are located in different buildings inside the university. Each section/branch houses a rich collection of print and non-print materials which varies according to courses offered by the university. To facilitate better learning, it provides adequate and essential facilities such as conference hall, exhibit area, discussion rooms, individual study rooms, faculty area, gadget corner, internet stations, OPAC stations, as well as, a reader’s café where library users can grab a snack. The Library Staff is headed by the Prefect of Libraries and Chief Librarian.
Vision

The UST Miguel de Benavides library envisions itself to be the leading academic information resource center of the Philippines by delivering world class library and information services to meet the needs of the local international community through service excellence.

Mission

The UST Miguel de Benavides Library, inspired by its model, St. Thomas Aquinas, affirms and commits itself:

  • to provide its client with timely access to a continuously expanding library collection;
  • promote interest in reading and research work among the community;
  • participate in global information exchange and community development;
  • pursue the professional advancement of its staff;
  • preserve the rich heritage of the university.

History

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 hundred year anniversary.

Prefects of Libraries since the 20th Century

1992-Present

Fr. Angel A. Aparicio, O.P.

1991

Fr. Ermito G. de Sagon, O.P.

1979-1991

Fr. Fidel E. Villarroel, O.P.

1973-1978

Fr. Javier Arrazola, O.P.

1969-1972

Fr. Francisco Mendoza, O.P.

1966-1968

Fr. Guillermo Tejon, O.P.

1965-1966

Fr. Ricardo Rojo, O.P.

1960-1965

Fr. Jesus A. Merino, O.P.

1950-1959

Fr. Antonio Gonzales, O.P.

1950

Fr. Aniceto Castañon, O.P.

1946-1949

Fr. Everisto Bazaco, O.P.

1939-1942

Fr. Emiliano Serrano, O.P.

1932-1938

Fr. Manuel Garcia Fidalgo, O.P.

1923-1931

Fr. Alberto Santamaria, O.P.

1912-1922 (?)

Fr. Manuel Arellano, O.P.

1906-1912 (?)

Fr. Juan Illa, O.P.

1900-1906 (?)

Fr. Joaquin Recoder, O.P.

Chief Librarian

2018-Present

Ma. Cecilia Lobo

2003-2017

Ms. Estrella S. Majuelo

2001-2003 (Acting)

Ms. Angelita P. Timbangcaya

1997-2001

Mrs. Erlinda F. Flores

1967-1997

Ms. Juana L. Abello

1950-1966

Mrs. Candida C. Agcaoili

1933-1940; 1946-1949

Mr. Nicolas C.A. Fernandez

Administration and Staff

Administrators
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REV. FR. ANGEL A. APARICIO, O.P.

Prefect of Libraries

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MS. MA. CECILIA D. LOBO

Chief Librarian

MS. DIANA PADILLA

Assistant Chief Librarian

Librarians

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Library Coordinators
ACCOUNTANCY, College of

Mr. Michael M. Dalimot

 

ARCHITECTURE, College of

 

Arch’t. Vinson P. Serrano

ARTS AND LETTERS, Faculty of

Mr. Ronald M. Castillo

 

COMMERCE AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, College of

 

Assoc. Prof. Mary Caroline N. Castaño, PhD

 

EDUCATION, College of

Asst. Prof. Loreto S. Sauz, MEd

ENGINEERING, Faculty of

Engr. Rajiv Eldon E. Abdullah, MS

FINE ARTS AND DESIGN, College of  

Mr. Pedro Felix G. Garcia II

GRADUATE SCHOOL

Prof. Franz Giuseppe Cortez, PhD

INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES, Institute of

Asst. Prof. Donata D. Acula

 

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL Mr. John Raymond S. Sandoval
MEDICINE AND SURGERY, Faculty of
MUSIC, Conservatory of Asst. Prof. Mary Patrice P. Pacis
NURSING, College of

Asst. Prof. Eleanore B. Lerma, RN

PHARMACY, Faculty of

Ms. Michelle D. Bartolome

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS, Institute of

 

Asst. Prof. Al Denn John B. Lozada

 

REHABILITATION SCIENCES, College of Mr. James T. Tan
RELIGION, Institute of

Mr. Sir-Lien Hugh T. Tadeo, MA

 

SCIENCE, College of

Assoc. Prof. Bernhard Egwolf, Dr. rer. nat.

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Mr. Aldrine V. Guevarra, PhD

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, College of Mr. Dennis D. Lemsic
Support Staff

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Contact Information

Office Address

Miguel de Benavides Library

Dapitan Side

University of Santo Tomas

Sampaloc, Manila 1008

Philippines

E-Mail Address
Website and Social Media

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